ASPPA Virtual Conference - SPRING 2018


2018 ASPPA Spring Virtual Conference

May 10, 2018

9:00am-5:00pm, ET

Not in the Eastern Time Zone? We know Session 1 and 2 might be a wee bit early for you. No worries!
We will repeat those two sessions beginning at 5:15 ET just for you!

2018 marks the end of the current CE cycle!
Hey members: earn a whole day’s worth of CE for just $299! 

  • ASPPA: 7.5 (Including 1 Ethics)
  • ERPA: 6 (Including 1 Ethics)
  • JBEA: 8.5 (Including 1 Ethics & 1 Core)

I want in! Register me now!

ASPPA’s Virtual Conferences have become one of the most popular ways members earn CE credits. And why not—earning CE from the comfort of your home or office is a pretty awesome experience!

Whether you’re hanging on your couch with your dog by your side, or spending the day in your conference room with your team, it’s a really fun way to get informed!

So who’s speaking at the 2018 Spring Virtual Conference? Why, your favorite speakers, of course:

Craig Hoffman, General Counsel of the American Retirement Association
S. Derrin Watson, J.D.
Kelsey Mayo, Esq., Partner at Poyner Spruill, LLP
Robert M. Richter, Esq., APM, Vice President FIS Wealth and Management 

Check out our speaker bios here!

Got questions during the event? No worries! You’ll be able to submit questions throughout the day. 

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Here’s What’s on Tap:

9:00 to 9:15 am
Craig Hoffman

9:15 to 10:30 am
Session 1: Washington Update and Late-Breaking Regulatory Developments
Brian Graff, Craig Hoffman

The Tax Cut and Job Act of 2017 is in the forefront of changes coming out of Washington that will be discussed. The potential impact on retirement plans due to the changes in how income and deductions are calculated for pass through entities will be a key discussion item. Other legislative proposals that have been introduced, including some looking to expand coverage, will be discussed. Updates on regulatory initiatives, such as the “fiduciary” regulation, are under review by the Trump administration with changes expected. Attendees to this session will be able to:

  • Determine how tax reform changes will impact qualified retirement plans

  • Learn what current proposals on Capitol Hill have provisions that could impact retirement plans

  • Prepare for forthcoming changes in the regulatory landscape

10:30 to 10:45 am
Break time! (Quick--grab another coffee!)

10:45 am to Noon
Session 2: Plan Document Update: What You Need to Know in 2018
Robert Richter, Kelsey Mayo

With recent changes to both the pre-approved plan document program and the determination letter program for individually designed plans, now is a good time to review the details of these programs to see which best suits your practices and client base. In addition, concerns with plan amendments (both required and voluntary) will be discussed by the speakers. Attendees will learn:

  • The current status of the determination letter process for Individually Designed Plans
  • Changes to the pre-approved plan program that will expand the usage of them
  • How to best handle interim amendments

Noon to 12:45 pm
Lunch Break! If you’re watching from home, grab a pb&j and walk the dog! Having lunch with your coworkers? How about pizza? Let’s make this a party! Tweet using #asppavirtual and tell us what you’re doing (we love photos!)

12:45 to 1:35 pm
Session 3: Case Studies in Ethics: Watch Out for These Scenarios!
S. Derrin Watson, J.D., Robert Richter

ASPPA members, like many other professionals, are subject to ethical standards. This session will give an overview of the ASPPA Code of Ethics and how it relates to Circular 230. In addition, case studies will be reviewed with real-life scenarios to demonstrate how ethical standards are met. Attendees to this session will:

  • Receive an overview of ASPPA’s ethics requirements and standards
  • Be shown what practitioners need to know about Circular 230 
  • Be presented with scenarios that raise ethical concerns and learn how to deal with them

1:35 to 1:50 pm
Break time! (Rest your brain-there’s more to come!)

1:50 to 3:05 pm
Session 4: EPCRS Case Studies
Kelsey Mayo, S. Derrin Watson, J.D

Oftentimes when finalizing administration for the year, you find that a plan has not been fully compliant with all the rules and regulations associated with ERISA. This session will discuss how to identify common errors, the options for correction and whether it is best to submit to the IRS for approval or self-correct. Case studies, based on real cases, will be reviewed and suggested solutions offered. 
Attendees to this session will learn:

  • The most recent changes to the EPCRS program including VCP fees
  • Specific correction methods for excluded participants in different types of plans
  • When is it recommended to submit under VCP or self-correct

3:05 to 3:20 pm
Break time! (Who wants a snack?)

3:20 to 5:00 pm
Session 5: Ask the Experts Panel

Our panel of industry experts will answer the hard questions submitted by attendees. Use this opportunity to get some help with those thorny problems that linger in your office.   

Don’t be shy! Submit your questions to the panel beforehand or during the event by sending an email to: or tweeting your questions using #asppavirtual. 

5:00 pm
Live Virtual Conference Program Concludes (Woo Hoo! You did it!)

For our non-Eastern Time Zone Members and Friends:

5:15 to 6:30 pm ET
Recorded Repeat of Session 1: Washington Update and Late-Breaking Regulatory Developments

6:30 to 6:45 pm ET

6:45 to 8:00 pm ET

Recorded Repeat of Session 2: Plan Document Update: What You Need to Know in 2018