Advance, informational copies of the 2012 Form 5500 annual return report and their related instructions have been released by the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration, the IRS and the PBGC.

Among the modifications made in the 2012 forms are the following:

Optional Paid Preparer Information: The Form 5500, Form 5500-SF and instructions have been updated to include optional preparer's information. Filers may optionally enter preparer's name and address. Although the preparer information is optional at this time, the IRS encourages filers to provide preparer information on the new lines.

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