ERPA’s ?!

June 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Spoiler Alert!   I have already announced on my twitter feed (be sure to follow @ChristineGurney if you do not already) that I will have an upcoming series of posts regarding the 2013 ERPA Conference.  For those of you who were unable to come to Denver or are just plain curious about the excitement you missed, I am going to include a summary of highlights that I feel are valuable for plan sponsors and industry insiders!

As a bonus this week, I wanted to include a spoiler alert and a brief recap on what an ERPA is and why ERPA’s are important.

What is this ERPA thing anyway? An Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA) has met extensive compliance, plan document, administrative operations and reporting testing requirements.

Why are ERPA’s important?  ERPA’s have to meet rigorous continuing education requirements and ethical standards.

How are ERPA’s different?  ERPA’s, along with EA’s, are enrolled to represent plan sponsors on retirement plan matters before the IRS and have passed tax compliance and background checks.  Other individuals such as CPA’s and attorney’s may be able to do the same without one of these designations, but neither have met the testing standards regarding retirement matters that Enrolled Retirement Plan Agents (ERPA’s) and Enrolled Actuaries (EA’s) have accomplished.  Both professionals are excellent resources and crucial for businesses, but plan sponsors should be aware of when they should be utilized.

I am looking forward to sharing my insights with you in the upcoming weeks!

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