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Annual Deadlines

Qualified retirement plans have many recurring deadlines throughout each plan year. It is important to know the deadlines for different government filings, participant notices, plan amendments, contributions, and other actions required of the plan sponsor. Missing these deadlines can have significant consequences.

The following table summarizes basic deadlines that are approaching for defined benefit pension plans (DB) and/or defined contribution plans (DC). This table is for informational purposes only and may not be comprehensive under all circumstances. Other deadlines may apply under other situations (such as a short plan year or if your plan has a plan year different from the fiscal year).

To determine which basic deadlines apply to your plan, find the month and day that corresponds to the end of your plan’s year in the first column of the table below and read across to see which deadlines are approaching in the next two months. More than one deadline may apply in the same month and some deadlines shown may not apply to your plan.

Plan Year End This Month (September) Next Month (October)
January 31 2nd Quarter 2021 Plan Year Periodic Benefit Statement (DC only) Contribution for 2020 Plan Year
    2020 SAR to Participants (w/o extension)
    10th Month 2021 AFTAP Certification (DB only)
February 28 2020 Form 5500 (w/o extension) 2nd Quarter 2021 Plan Year Periodic Benefit Statement (DC only)
March 31   2020 Form 5500 (w/o extension)
April 30 1st Quarter 2021 Plan Year Periodic Benefit Statement (DC only)  
May 31 2020 AFN to Participants (DB only – 100 or more participants) 1st Quarter 2021 Plan Year Periodic Benefit Statement (DC only)
June 30 Corrective Distributions for Failed 2020 Plan Year ADP/ACP test 2020 AFN to Participants (DB only – 100 or more participants)
  4th Month 2021 AFTAP Certification (DB only)  
July 31 4th Quarter 2020 Plan Year Periodic Benefit Statement (DC only) Corrective Distributions for Failed 2020 Plan Year ADP/ACP test
    4th Month 2021 AFTAP Certification (DB only)
August 31   4th Quarter 2020 Plan Year Periodic Benefit Statement (DC only)
September 30 2019 SAR to Participants (w/ extension)  
  New Plan or Discretionary Amendment Adoption for 2020 Plan Year  
  Correction of Failed 2020 Plan Year ADP/ACP Test  
  Safe Harbor Notice to Participants for 2021 Plan Year  
October 31 3rd Quarter 2020 Plan Year Periodic Benefit Statement (DC only) 2019 SAR to Participants (w/ extension)
    New Plan or Discretionary Amendment Adoption for 2020 Plan Year
    Correction of Failed 2020 Plan Year ADP/ACP Test
    Safe Harbor Notice to Participants for 2021 Plan Year
November 30 2019 Form 5500 (w/ extension) Benefit Restriction Notice to Participants (DB only – assuming 2020 AFTAP not yet certified by actuary)
  2019 AFN to Participants (DB only – less than 100 participants)* 3rd Quarter 2020 Plan Year Periodic Benefit Statement (DC only)
  2020 PBGC Comprehensive Premium Filing (DB only)  
December 31 Contribution for 2020 Plan Year 2020 Form 5500 (w/ extension)
  2020 SAR to Participants (w/o extension) 2020 AFN to Participants (DB only – less than 100 participants)*
  10th Month 2021 AFTAP Certification (DB only) 2021 PBGC Comprehensive Premium Filing (DB only)
    Benefit Restriction Notice to Participants (DB only – assuming 2021 AFTAP not yet certified by actuary)

*AFN due by Form 5500 filing date, regardless of available extended due date.