Many Plan sponsors uncover, both through their annual plan audit and daily administration of their defined contribution retirement plans, operational defects and errors. Often times these defects require participation in the Employee Plans Compliance System (EPCRS) to correct the plan in order to continue to receive tax-favored retirement benefits and to protect the retirement benefits of employees and retirees.
Join Christina Anstett, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer with USI Consulting Group, and Avaneesh Bhagat, Group Manager for the Internal Revenue Service's Voluntary Compliance Group in El Monte, California, as they discuss best practices for plan fiduciaries that elect to participate in EPCRS.
During this webinars, attendees will learn about EPCRS and the three correction programs sponsors can utilize:
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Christina Anstett, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer with USI Consulting Group; Avaneesh Bhagat, Group Manager for the Internal Revenue Service’s Voluntary Compliance Group
Christina Anstett, J.D. is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at USI Consulting Group. Together, with a team of attorneys, paralegals and consultants, she works directly with clients in the design, implementation and ongoing administration of employee retirement and executive compensation programs. Tina also consults with clients regarding ERISA and fiduciary issues and the effects of changes in corporate structure and other corporate transactions on employee benefit plans. She assists clients with IRS and DOL audits, correction of plan defects, the drafting of required plan documentation, IRS filings, as well as ongoing compliance with constantly changing federal laws and regulations. Tina and the Regulatory and Compliance Consulting Team keep clients informed of legislative and regulatory developments through ongoing discussions, seminars, webcasts, newsletters, and periodic communication updates focused on planning for attendant business issues and concerns. Tina received her law degree from Western New England University School of Law and a B.A. degree from New York University. She successfully completed the FINRA's General Securities Representative Examination (Series 7) and the FINRA's Series 66. Tina is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She joined the company in 1995.
Avaneesh Bhagat is the Group Manager for the Internal Revenue Service's Voluntary Compliance Group in El Monte, California. His responsibilities include assisting with the resolution of applications made under VCP, assisting with the development of the revenue procedure relating to the correction programs for qualified plans, providing information on correction programs, and responding to inquiries relating to plan corrections and potential VCP applications. Avaneesh has worked with the examination, determination letter and voluntary compliance functions of the IRS' Employee Plans Division since 1988.