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4010 Reporting

4010 Reporting

Pre-Filing Consultation Available

PBGC staff is available to help filers, especially first-time filers, understand the filing requirements. During a pre-filing consultation, we will provide an overview of the process, share helpful tips on how to use the e-filing software and how to avoid common errors. To schedule a pre-filing consultation, email or call (202) 229-4000 ext. 3075.

4010 Reporting Information


Section 4010 of ERISA requires certain underfunded plans to report identifying, financial and actuarial information to PBGC. PBGC's 4010 regulation describes the reporting requirements in detail (see 29 CFR Part 4010).

Summary of e-filing requirements

4010 information must be submitted electronically using the e-4010 module of PBGC's e-Filing Portal. The e-Filing Portal user manual provides step-by-step instructions on how to create and manage your e-Filing Portal account.

Additional information to assist in the preparation of 4010 filings follows:

  • Overview - This is a high level overview of how the e-4010 module works
  • Appendix 1 (Form) - This form is for illustrative purposes only. It presents a summary of the questions asked and the data required to be entered on the multiple screens in one easily readable, printable format.
  • Appendix 2 (Instructions) - This is a summary of the "help text" that displays on each 4010-related screen when the filer clicks the "help" button. In addition to describing how the application works, this summary provides detailed guidance on the information that must be reported.
  • Appendix 3 (Screen shots) - These illustrate what a filer sees when using the e-4010 module.



For determining Benefit Liabilities to be reported under 4010


Filing assistance

For assistance, contact the PBGC by sending an email to or by calling our toll-free practitioner number at 1-800-736-2444 extension 4070 or 202-229-4070 (DC area). TTY/ASCII users may call the federal relay service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to the appropriate number.

Password requirements

This section applies only to past e-4010 account holders who haven't logged on since December 9, 2015.

On December 9, 2015, the password requirements were strengthened in accordance with federal information security regulations.  If you haven't accessed your account since then, you will need to change your password.  Please note:

  • The first time you log into the e-Filing Portal after December 9, 2015, you will be prompted to change your password. The new requirements will appear on the screen.
  • If you have a My PAA account (for preparing or submitting PBGC premium filings), you've likely already changed your My PAA password to one that meets the new criteria.  You may use that same password for the e-Filing Portal.
  • Before you will be able to change your password, you will be prompted to select the secret question you chose when you first set up your e-4010 account and then prompted to provide the answer to that question.  If you cannot remember this information, please call Ellen Itkin at 202-229-4000 ext. 3075.


Last updated January 21, 2020