The New EPCRS

Posted By: Maria T Hurd, CPA, RPA Improved EPCRS : More Self-Correction Options Inside the Box Perfection is aspirational, especially when it comes to retirement plan administration. That is why 30 years ago, in 1991, the IRS created the EPCRS (Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System), a mechanism for plan sponsors to fix mistakes. Compliance with pre-approved correction methods grants plan … Continued

When the 5500 is Ready for SAS 136, but Your Auditor is Not

Posted By: Maria Hurd, CPA, RPA What Do You Check to Indicate Your Client’s Auditor Performed a Limited Scope Audit On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!, Or Don’t Go….It’s Up to You! The AICPA postponed the mandatory effective date of the new audit standard, SAS 136, until next year, but the DOL had already updated Form 5500 to incorporate the … Continued

BLS Presentations You May Want to Attend

  Maria Hurd, CPA, RPA, Christopher Ciminera, CPA, QKA,  and many members of our employee benefit plan audit team are highly sought after for speaking events. Here are a few upcoming speaking events that we thought you might be interested in attending. APRIL 19, 2021: Death, Taxes, and Retirement Plan Operational Failures – On April 19 from 2-2:45PM EST, Maria … Continued

When a Valid Limited Scope Certification is Invalid

Posted By Maria T. Hurd, CPA, RPA How Can a Valid Limited Scope Certification be Invalid? Just as certificates of authenticity for rare artwork have certified that reproductions were the real deal, a 103(a)(3)(C) certification, better known as a limited scope certification, could certify an investment value that has not been determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), … Continued

Big Little Plans

Posted By Maria T. Hurd, CPA How Big Can a Retirement Plan Be and Still Qualify for the Small Plan Audit Exemption? “Define Large.” It is a question I often get from advisors hoping to get their clients out of a retirement plan audit. Until now the answer has been simple: 100 participants is the general rule, but if your … Continued

“Give it BACK!!!”…”No!”…”OK, Keep It!”

Posted By: Maria T. Hurd, CPA, RPA What if the Participant Already Spent the Overpayment from the Plan?     Ineligible or excess distributions from qualified plans happen all the time. In our last 30 years of auditing retirement plans, our distribution tests have uncovered all the following ineligible or excess distributions:   Hardship reason not met: A participant doesn’t … Continued

Why Should Taking a Hardship Distribution be a Hardship?

Posted By: Maria T. Hurd, CPA Taking a hardship distribution should not be, in itself, a hardship to a participant going through challenging times, nor should it be an administration hardship to the employer trying to help. Although obtaining documentation to substantiate a hardship is not, in itself, difficult, missing hardship backup is one of the most common operational errors … Continued

Party in Interest Versus Related Party

Posted By: Maria T. Hurd, CPA Transactions with Related Parties and Parties In Interest: What are the GAAP disclosure requirements? ERISA’s definition of a party in interest is broader than a related party as that term is defined by GAAP. Parties in interest include all entities and individuals that provide services to the plan; however, these entities may not necessarily … Continued