January 10, 2017

Reminder: Form M-1 Filing for MEWAs due by March 1st (article)

If you sponsored a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) in 2016, make certain that you file the Form M-1 annual report by March 1, 2017. The 2016 Form M-1 has been updated with a few clarifications from the 2015 form.  Specifically, Form M-1 filers are required to include custodial and financial information relating to the MEWA.  In addition, there are stricter 30-day filing deadlines for MEWA registration, as well as the requirement to report certain changes either 30 days prior to or within 30 days of the change. The form also notes the increased in penalties of up to $1,502 per day for failure or refusal to file a completed or accurate Form M-1. 


As a reminder, the Form M-1 can only be submitted electronically through the DOL’s Online Filing System (http://www.askebsa.dol.gov/mewa).  In addition, all welfare benefit plans required to file a Form M-1 are required to file the Form 5500 regardless of the plan size or type of funding.


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