The Department of Labor has prepared a new guide, "The Troubleshooter's Guide to Filing the ERISA Annual Report (5500)", which should provide answers to most questions about preparing and filing the annual ERISA forms.
The publication focuses on the changes in reporting under the ERISA Filing Acceptance System (EFAST) and how to avoid reporting errors most frequently made by filers.
The Labor Department's Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA), has made a toll-free telephone number available to provide assistance to filers. The toll-free service, at 1-866-463-3278, is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
In addition to this troubleshooting guide, there is other Internet assistance on the Form 5500 and 5500-EZ at the EFAST Web page.