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  • Plan Mergers & Acquisitions
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Presenter: John Griffin, J.D., LL.M.
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Dealing with mergers and acquisitions is among the most complex and confusing areas involving qualified plans.  Changes in controlled group status, stock sales and asset sales all present unique issues for plan sponsors and service providers.

In this 2-hour CE credit webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. will discuss these unique issues and present a checklist of items that sponsors and practitioners must address when dealing with a merger or acquisition situation.


Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. on Thursday, July 20th at 2pm EDT, as he shows you how to deal with plan mergers and acquisitions methodically and thoroughly. 

Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry. 

 

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Core.
  • 457(b) Plans for Governmental & Tax Exempt Entities
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Presenter: John Griffin, J.D., LL.M.
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A 457(b) plan is a special type of deferred compensation retirement plan available to governmental and tax-exempt entities. While similar to 401(k) plans, 457(b) plans have their own set of rules and requirements, with significant differences applicable to governmental entities and tax-exempt organizations. In this 2-hour CE credit webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. will discuss the basic rules applicable under Code §457(b), the distinction between 457(b) plans for governmental and tax-exempt entities, the differences between 457(b) plans and 401(k) and 403(b) plans and plan document requirements.

 

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
  • Current Developments (2017)
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Staying abreast of current developments affecting retirement plans is imperative for practitioners. In this 2-hour CE credit webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. will look at the most important regulatory, legislative and case law developments affecting retirement plans over the past year.  We also will discuss possible legislative changes for retirement plans.

 

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Core.
  • Ethical Considerations for Employee Benefit Practitioners (2017)
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In our annual 2 hour Ethical Considerations for Employee Benefit Practitioners CE webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. we will discuss the ethical considerations for employee benefit practitioners. Among the topics will be an overview of ethical responsibilities, an explanation of IRS Circular 230 from an employee benefits perspective, the most significant ethical concerns of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility and new practical case studies on ethical situations faced by practitioners

 

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
RECORDED Continuing Education Webcasts by ASC:
  • 2017
  • Plan Restatements & Amendments
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The number one error found in IRS audits is failure to amend and restate plans on time. Many practitioners deal with a wide range of retirement plan documents, all of which have different amendment and restatement requirements.

Whether you are a document provider for DC, DB, 403(b) or 457(b) plans, you must keep your clients' plans timely updated.


Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., June 15th, for an informative webcast that will keep you abreast of the constant changes in Plan Documents.

During the webcast John will cover:
  • The required amendments and restatements for DC, DB, 403(b) and 457(b) plans
  • The impact of the changes to the IRS determination letter program
  • The use of pre-approved plans (including cash balance plans)
  • And other plan document developments.

Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, JBEA Core and Enrolled Agent.

Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.

John will answer all questions after the webcast.

 

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Core.
  • Multiple Employer Plans (MEPs)
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A multiple employer plan (MEP) is an employee benefit plan that two or more unrelated employers maintain. Inconsistencies in DOL and IRS regulations make it imperative to keep up to date on the rules that impact the administration of these plans.

Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., May 18th, for a webcast discussion concerning the rules and regulations applicable to MEPs.

Among the topics will be:

  • What is a MEP?
  • The special rules applicable to MEPs
  • Why employers use the MEP approach
  • Proposed legislative changes for MEPs
  • And much more!
Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, JBEA Core and Enrolled Agent.

Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
John will answer all questions after the webcast.
 
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Core.
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Staying current on the special rules and new regulatory developments concerning 403(b) plans is essential!

 

Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., April 20th, for this two-hour, CE credit webcast, and brush-up on the rules pertaining to 403(b) plans, plus catch-up on all the recent developments.


Topics will include:

  • A quick review of important rules for 403(b) plans Restatement of 403(b) plans under the pre-approved 403(b) plans
  • Common IRS and DOL compliance issues
  • Using the IRS' EPCRS program to correct problems
  • Fiduciary concerns
  • Other recent developments

Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, JBEA Non-Core and Enrolled Agent.

 

Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast. John has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry. John will answer all questions during or after the webcast.

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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The IRS has identified the use of incorrect compensation as one of the most common qualification errors in plans.

 

Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., March 30th, for a webcast discussion that will clarify the complex and confusing issues you, the retirement plan administrator face, regarding compensation under qualified plans.

 

Among the topics will be:

  • Different definitions of compensation that may apply under a qualified plan
  • Common problems and correction options with respect to plan compensation
  • How the definition of compensation can be used to improve testing results
  • Compensation issues for partnerships and self-employed individuals
  • And much more!

 

Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, JBEA Core and Enrolled Agent.
 

Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast. John has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry. John will answer all questions after the webcast.
 

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Core.
  • WEBCAST SERIES: Basics of 401(k) Plans Series for 2017
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  • Session 1
    January 19, 2017

Whether you are new to the qualified retirement plan field or just need a refresher on the rules applicable to 401(k) plans, this Basics of 401(k) Plans webcast is designed to provide you with an understanding of important compliance rules applicable to 401(k) plans. In this 2-hour CE credit webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. discusses the following topics:

  • Introduction to 401(k) Plans
  • Popular plan designs
  • Plan documents and IRS approval
  • Eligibility, coverage, and vesting rules
  • Plan communication and participant enrollment
  • Deduction rules
This webcast qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, JBEA Non-Core and Enrolled Agent.
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  • Session 2
    February 02, 2017
  • Limitations on contributions
  • Compensation definitions
  • Determining "highly compensated employees"
  • Application of the nondiscrimination rules, including ADP/ACP testing
  • Safe harbor and automatic enrollment plans, including QACAs and EACAs
  • Top heavy plan requirements
  • Loans, distributions, and taxation

This webcast qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, JBEA Non-Core and Enrolled Agent.
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  • Session 3
    February 16, 2017
  • Fiduciary concerns, including timely deposits of elective deferrals
  • Plan investments and participant direction
  • Form 5500 and other government filing requirements
  • Terminating a 401(k) plan
  • IRS/DOL correction programs
This webcast qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, JBEA Non-Core and Enrolled Agent.
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  • Prep for Compliance Testing Season
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With testing season approaching, TPAs and other service providers face important compliance issues when testing 401(k) plans. In this 2-hour CE credit webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. will describe common issues and errors related to compliance testing, methods for improving test results, and correction options for dealing with testing errors.

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
  • 2016:
  • Ethics for Employee Benefit Practitioners (2016)
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Join John Griffin J.D., LL.M. for a discussion of the ethical considerations for employee benefit practitioners.

 

Among the topics will be:

  • Overview of ethical responsibilities
  • Explanation of IRS Circular 230 from an employee benefits perspective
  • Most significant ethical concerns of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility
  • New practical case studies on ethical situations faced by practitioners


Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, JBEA Non-Core and Enrolled Agent.

 

Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast. John has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry. John will answer all questions after the webcast.

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • Current Developments (2016)
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Don't let your professional knowledge of this ever-changing ERISA industry become outdated!  John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. will summarize what you need to know about the current developments in the retirement plan industry.
 

During this webcast, John will provide you with the latest on upcoming and new legislative, regulatory and case law developments.
 

Topics include:

  • Regulatory developments affecting retirement plans, including:
    • Mid-year amendments to 401(k) safe harbor plans
    • Revisions to the IRS' EPCRS program
    • Changes to the determination letter and pre-approved plan programs
    • Status of IRS review of pre-approved defined benefit plans and 403(b) plans
    • Status of fiduciary/conflict of interest regulations
    • Form 5500 update
    • Other IRS and DOL regulatory developments
  • Legislative update, including state-initiatives on retirement plans and the impact of the upcoming Presidential election
  • Recent ERISA-related court cases, including litigation relating to "reasonable fee" fiduciary requirements
  • And more!

Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, JBEA Core and Enrolled Agent.
 

Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast. John has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry. John will answer all questions after the webcast.

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • Face Plan Failures Head On!
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Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. for an in-depth discussion on how to prevent plan disqualification by fixing common and not-so-common plan failures. Charles will use a case study approach featuring real-life situations to provide examples of how plan failures can be fixed under EPCRS' Self Correction and Voluntary Compliance Programs.
 
Topics covered will include:
  • Improper coverage of employees (e.g., early entrance)
  • Failure to follow employee deferral change request
  • Failure to follow employee investment elections
  • Failure to use correct compensation under Plan
  • Improper hardship distributions
  • Correcting improper ADP refunds
  • Ineligible catch-up contributions permitted
  • Untimely Safe Harbor contributions
  • Failure of related employer to properly sign a participation agreement
  • Correcting late deposits
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • Do Automatic Enrollment Plans Work for Employers and Service Providers?
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Presenter: Charles Lockwood, J.D. and LL.M.
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In this 2-hour webcast, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M. will discuss the viability of automatic enrollment plans (including ACAs, EACAs and QACAs) from the perspective of employers and service providers.

 

The webcast will cover the following topics:

  • Pros & Cons of Auto Enrollment
  • Which Employers are good candidates for auto enrollment?
  • Differences between ACA, EACA and QACA
  • Setting up the Plan Document
  • Establishing and Administering an Auto Enrollment Plan:
    • New Plans
    • Converting existing 401(k)
    • Determining QDIA
    • Notice Requirements
    • Automatic Increases
    • Rehired Employees
    • Permissive Withdrawals
    • Mid-Year Amendments
    • Removing Auto Enrollment

Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, JBEA Non-Core and Enrolled Agent.

 

Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast. Charles has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry. Charles will answer all questions during or after the webcast.

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • Responsibilities of 3(16), 3(21) and 3(38) Fiduciary & TPAs
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In this 2-hour webcast, John P. Griffin J.D., LL.M. discusses the responsibilities of TPAs and others who assume the responsibilities of an ERISA 3(16), 3(21) or 3(38) fiduciary. 

 

Among the topics covered will be:

  • Who are 3(16), 3(21) and 3(38) fiduciaries and what are the differences?
  • What are they responsible for and what are they not responsible for?
  • Impact of the  "conflict of interest" fiduciary regulations
  • How do the plan trustee, TPA and other service providers fit into the mix
  • Considerations for TPAs assuming plan administration and investment advice roles
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • Eligibility & Forfeitures
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In this two-hour CE credit webcast, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M. will discuss the rules relating to eligibility and forfeitures under qualified plans.

The webcast will cover the following topics:
  • The application of the eligibility rules to rehired employees
  • The various break in service rules
  • Correction options when a plan fails to follow the plan's eligibility requirements
  • Eligibility issues following a merger/acquisition
  • Special testing options for otherwise excludible employees
  • Testing issues for plans using different eligibility conditions

Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, JBEA and Enrolled Agent.

If you have questions you would like discussed during the webcast, please forward to asci@asc-net.com. Charles will address as many as possible during the webcast and will provide answers to all others after the webcast.

Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast. Charles has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.

 
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • Update on Fiduciary Requirements
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In this two-hour, CE credit webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. will discuss recent developments affecting the ERISA fiduciary requirements applicable to qualified retirement plans.

The webcast will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding fiduciary responsibilities and the impact of recent regulatory, legislative and case law developments
  • What practitioners need to know about the Department of Labor's (DOL's) recently-issued final "conflict of interest" regulations
  • Congressional reaction to the new DOL rules
  • Recent court cases affecting fiduciaries
  • DOL's enforcement efforts targeting fiduciaries
  • The DOL fiduciary correction program

 

Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, JBEA and Enrolled Agent.

 

Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast. John has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry. John will answer all questions during or after the webcast.

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • What's New with 403(b) and 457(b) Plans?
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In this two-hour, CE credit webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. discuses new developments relating to 403(b) plans and 457(b) plans.

 

Topics will include:

  • A quick review of important rules for 403(b) plans and 457(b) plans
  • A comparison of 403(b), 457(b) and 401(k) plans
  • Plan document developments for 403(b) plans, including pre-approved 403(b) plans
  • Common IRS and DOL issues for 403(b) and 457(b) plans
  • Using the IRS' EPCRS program to correct problems
  • Other recent developments

Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, JBEA and Enrolled Agent.

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • WEBCAST SERIES: The Fundamentals of Qualified Retirement Plans
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  • Session 1 of 5
    January 07, 2016
Introduction to Qualified Plans; Participation, Coverage and Vesting; Related Employers; Plan Types; Contributions and Allocations; Defined Benefit Formulas and Accruals
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  • Session 2 of 5
    January 21, 2016
Limitations on Contributions and Benefits; Compensation Definitions; General Nondiscrimination Testing; ADP/ACP Testing; Safe Harbor and Automatic Enrollment Plans
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  • Session 3 of 5
    February 04, 2016
Top-Heavy; Deduction Rules; Plan Distributions; Taxation of Distributions; Spousal Rights; Rollovers: Required Minimum Distributions
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  • Session 4 of 5
    April 07, 2016
Participant Loans; QDROs; Death Benefits; Plan Termination; Fiduciary Responsibilities; Prohibited Transactions
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  • Session 5 of 5
    April 19, 2016
Plan Documents; Plan Communications; IRS/DOL Audits: Plan Correction Programs; Government Filings
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  • Advanced Controlled & Affiliated Service Groups
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Learn to Navigate the Complexities!

The controlled group rules are some of the most complicated rules affecting qualified retirement plans. The existence of controlled groups and affiliated service groups raises significant complexities that must be considered when administering qualified plans. In addition, much attention has been focused on the use of multiple employer plans where a controlled group relationship does not exist.

In this 2 hour webcast, we will discuss some of the administrative difficulties faced with controlled and affiliated service groups, including:
  • Service crediting issues
  • Determining compensation under related employers
  • Testing controlled groups for coverage and nondiscrimination
  • Issues when the controlled group relationship changes
  • Special issues under multiple employer plans

Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, JBEA and Enrolled Agent.

Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast. Charles has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry. Charles will answer all questions during or after the webcast.
 
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • Correcting ADP/ACP Testing Failures
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In this one hour webcast, we discuss the following ADP/ACP testing-related topics:
  • Calculating corrective refunds under a failed ADP/ACP test
  • Correcting with QNECs, including targeted QNECs
  • Shifting deferrals to help correct a failed ACP test
  • Safe harbor 401(k) plan issues, including the new IRS guidance on mid-year amendments
  • Other ADP/ACP testing issues
Cost: $125 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 1 hour of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • Correcting Failed Coverage & Nondiscrimination Tests
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With the release of new proposed regulations, the methodology for testing cross-tested plans may be changed dramatically.

 

In this webcast, we will discuss the new nondiscrimination testing rules under the proposed regulations as well as options for correcting failed coverage and nondiscrimination tests, including:

  • Calculating corrective refunds under ADP/ACP test, including use of catch-up contributions
  • Correcting coverage failures, including the use of cross-testing to correct average benefit test failures
  • Using restructuring to correct failed nondiscrimination tests
  • New nondiscrimination testing requirements under the proposed regulations, including the possible elimination of the ability to use separate groups for each employee

And more!

Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, JBEA and Enrolled Agent.

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • 2015:
  • Where Do We Stand with All These Plan Documents?!
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Keeping track of amendment & restatement requirements

 

The number one error found in IRS audits is failure to amend and restate plans on time.  No wonder! Many practitioners deal with a wide range of retirement plan documents, all of which have different amendment and restatement requirements.  Whether you are a document provider for DC, DB, 403(b) or 457(b) plans, you must keep your clients' plans timely updated. This webcast will help you achieve that goal.

 

In this 2-hour webcast John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. will discuss the following:

  • The new pre-approved cash balance plan program and the need to apply for approval letters
  • 2015 interim amendments for defined benefit and defined contribution plans
  • Upcoming changes to the IRS' determination letter program
  • The status of pre-approved 403(b) plans
  • The importance of 457(b) plan documents

Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast. John has over 30 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry. John will answer all questions during or after the webcast.

 

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
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Beyond the Basics!
Bring your expertise to the next level
 
In this follow-up to our June 25th Basics of Cross-testing webcast, we will explore some of the advanced issues that arise with respect to cross-tested plan designs. We will discuss creative methods for correcting new comparability cross-tested plans, advanced testing options, and using cross-testing under combined defined contribution and defined benefit plans, including cash balance plans.
 
In particular, we will cover:
  • Common problems faced when designing new comparability plan documents. 
  • Using Treas. Reg. §1.401(a)(4)-11(g) to retroactively correct a nondiscrimination test failure.
  • Using creative testing options, including plan restructuring, to improve test results.
  • Running a nondiscrimination test for combined defined contribution and cash balance plans.

Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast. Charles has over 30 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry. Charles will answer all questions during or after the webcast.
 
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

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Cross-testing is not only for designing plans that provide greater benefits for older highly compensated employees. While usually associated with "new-comparability" plans, cross-testing also can be used to help plans satisfy minimum coverage or correct other nondiscrimination failures!

This webcast will provide attendees with a thorough understanding of the basics of cross-testing and will also discuss:

  • When cross-testing can be used to help plans satisfy coverage and nondiscrimination failures
  • The methodology for converting contributions to benefits
  • How such equivalent benefits can be used for purposes of coverage and nondiscrimination testing
  • Other situations where cross-testing can be used to assist in plan design
Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast. Charles has over 30 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry. Charles will answer all questions during or after the webcast.
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • 2014:
  • Plan Terminations & Partial Plan Terminations
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Navigating the Challenges of
Plan Terminations & Partial Plan Terminations


Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. in this 2-hour webcast for a discussion of the latest IRS guidance on qualified plan terminations and partial plan terminations.

Among the topics we will discuss are:
  • Recent IRS Guidance
  • Making the Decision to Terminate a Plan
  • Consequences of Plan Termination
  • Participant Rights
  • PPA Restatements Prior to Plan Termination
  • Process of Terminating a Defined Contribution Plan
  • The IRS' Position on Partial Plan Terminations and the Vesting of Participants

 

(Please note that this webcast is not intended to be a comprehensive explanation of the specifics of defined benefit plan terminations. We will discuss defined benefit plan terminations in a general manner.)

 

Plus, in this IRS-approved webcast, you will earn 2 hours of CE credit for ASPPA, NIPA, ERPA, and JBEA.

 

John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., will present the Plan Terminations & Partial Plan Terminations webcast live on Thursday, December 11th. We will answer all questions either during or after the webcast.

 

ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 30 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
 

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
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Presenter: Charles Lockwood, J.D. and LL.M.
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Navigate the Complexities of Rehires:
Put ASCi's Expertise to Work for You

 

Rehired employees often cause significant difficulties in administering qualified plans. Join Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M., for a discussion of the many unique issues facing plan sponsors and record keepers in applying the eligibility and distribution rules for rehired employees.

 

Among the topics will be:
  • Applying eligibility rules to determine when employees must be allowed to participate upon rehire
  • Timing of cash-out distributions and the procedures for dealing with repayments/restorations
  • Correctly calculating vesting for rehired employees
  • Dealing with rehired employees under automatic deferral arrangements
  • Applying the break-in-service rules and the difficulties of dealing with rehired employees under 401(k) plans
 
ERISA expert and attorney, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M., will present the Rehires webcast live on Tuesday, October 7th.

 

This webcast is geared to all levels and qualifies for 2 hours of continuing education credit for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA. We will answer all questions either during or after the webcast.

 

ERISA attorney, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M., has over 30 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.

 

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • Plan Loans and In-Service Distributions
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Presenter: John Griffin, J.D., LL.M.
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This webcast will describe the many administrative issues with dealing with plan loans and  in-service distributions, including:
 

  • A discussion of the prohibited transaction and taxation rules associated with plan loans
  • How loans should be handled in a daily valuation environment
  • Correction options available under EPCRS
  • Rules regarding refinancing of plan loans
  • Plan loans from Roth accounts
  • Requirements for taking hardship distributions


This webcast qualifies for 2 hours of continuing education credit for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • Required Minimum Distributions
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Presenter: Charles Lockwood, J.D. and LL.M.
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This webcast will provide an in-depth discussion of the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rules, including:  
 
  • Calculation of RMD amounts
  • Spousal and non-spousal death benefits
  • Treatment of rollovers and transfers after age 70½
  • RMD rules under Roth 401(k) plans
  • Other qualification issues related to the RMD rules, including correction options under EPCRS

This webcast qualifies for 2 hours of continuing education credit for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
  • 2013:
  • Understanding Cash Balance Plans
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Presenter: Charles Lockwood, J.D. and LL.M.
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Cash balance plans are a popular plan design option for both defined benefit and defined contribution practitioners. Join Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M. for a discussion of how cash balance plans can be used to substantially increase the retirement benefits for designated employees. This session will focus on cash balance plan design from the perspective of defined contribution practitioners.

Topics to be covered will include:
  • How cash balance plans work
  • The type of employers for whom such plans are suitable
  • Sample cash balance formulas
  • Combining cash balance plans with existing cross-tested defined contribution plans
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
FREE Webcasts by ASC:
  • New Pre-Approved 403(b) Plans-Using ASC's Documents & DGEM
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In this FREE two-hour webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. and Dawn Johnson will discuss the recently-opened IRS pre-approved 403(b) plan program, the ASC's pre-approved 403(b) plan documents and using the DGEM system to generate plan restatements.

Topics will include:
  • General requirements under the IRS pre-approved 403(b) plan program and plan restatement timing
  • Responsibilities of a pre-approved 403(b) plan sponsor
  • Overview of ASC pre-approved plan documents
  • Restatement issues, including reliance on the IRS Advisory Letter
  • Using the DGEM system to generate and manage pre-approved 403(b) plan documents
  • Questions and answers 
ASC will also provide 403(b) plan clients with a series of recorded webcasts for each of our new pre-approved plan documents. These recorded webcasts will provide users with an in-depth discussion on the provisions and new features available in ASC's pre-approved 403(b) documents. These recorded webcasts will be available mid-July.
 
Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn about ASC's new pre-approved 403(b) plan documents and how you can create and restate them on DGEM.

Attendees who attend the entire live webcast will earn one hour of continuing education credit for ERPA, ASPPA and NIPA purposes.

Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
Dawn Johnson, CRSP, has almost 30 years' experience in all facets of the management and administration of qualified retirement plans and has worked with ASC documents and the DGEM system for the last 10 years.
Qualifies for 1 hour of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.

ASC also provides Private Training.