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Almost all of our clients hand sign the 5500 and a signing authorization.  Over the early years of EFAST, clients just stopped wanting use/recover their PINs.  One client just now did an electronic signature on the 5500 copy that we will attach to the filing before I e-sign.    I'm sure ths has been discussed many times but appreciate comments on this.  There is still time to get a hand signature but not much time.

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Q33a: I am a service provider that assists clients in managing the filing process. Can I electronically sign the annual return/report for my client?

Yes, if the plan administrator has authorized you to submit electronically the Form 5500/5500- SF/5500-EZ for the plan.

Under the e-signature option, service providers that manage the filing process for plans or Direct Filing Entities (DFEs) can get their own EFAST2 signing credentials and submit the electronic Form 5500 for a plan or DFE, or Form 5500, Form 5500-SF or Form 5500-EZ for a plan. The service provider must have specific written authorization from the plan administrator, employer/plan sponsor, or DFE to submit the filing. In addition, the plan administrator, employer/plan sponsor, or person authorized to sign on behalf of the DFE, including the “jurat,” must manually sign a paper copy of the applicable completed form, and the service provider must attach a PDF copy of the manually signed form (without schedules or attachments) to the electronic filing submitted to EFAST2.


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Corey B. Zeller, MSEA, CPC, QPA, QKA
Preferred Pension Planning Corp.

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