Sessions For May 5



EBP19101. Introduction to Employee Benefit Plan Audits

Instructor: Marcus Aron, Robert Cote, Marilee Lau
Knowledge Level: Basic
Field of Study: Auditing
CPE Credits: 8.0

This all-day pre-conference workshop is geared toward individuals interested in a general overview and update of the audit, accounting and reporting requirements for employee benefit plans. Auditors new to employee benefit plan audits, experienced auditors interested in a refresher course, benefit plan professionals as well as service providers who want to understand the audit process, could benefit from this workshop. It provides a basic understanding of the requirements for all types of EBP audits based on the AICPA's Employee Benefit Plans - Accounting and Audit Guide as well as DOL requirements. Participants will have ample time to discuss specific issues and resolutions for real-life employee benefit problems. Attending this workshop will help participants choose beneficial sessions from the general conference to tailor the conference experience.

This session will address employee benefit plan audit quality issues based on findings from the DOL and peer review engagements and unique accounting and reporting issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the more common types of EB plans
  • Indicate appropriate planning and substantive audit procedures with respect to investments, contributions, distributions, and benefit obligations
  • Recall ERISA regulations
  • Identify problems and potential resolutions within EBP audits



EBP19102. Form 5500 Workshop

Instructor: Scott Albert, Debbie Packer, Kimberly Flett, Katie Smith, Michael Kraemer
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Field of Study: Auditing, Taxes
CPE Credits: 4.0

This half-day Form 5500 workshop will provide a practical review of the Form 5500 and related schedules. We will explore common practitioner questions and Form 5500 and related schedules' pitfalls. The session is designed for plan administrators, auditors, and preparers who want to learn about the Form 5500 as well as expand their knowledge of the Form 5500 filings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify Form 5500/5500-SF specifics
  • Identify changes to the 2017 Form 5500
  • Use Form 5500 related schedules and Form 8955-SSA
  • Use the Electronic Filing/EFAST2 system and determine when DOL enforcement may occur



EBP19NG. Emerging EBP Professionals Workshop

Instructor: Lisa Germano, Amisha Patel, Jennifer Lehman, Kathleen Jackson
Knowledge Level: Basic
Field of Study: Personal Development
CPE Credits: 4.0

This workshop has it all: hands-on training in specific areas, professional development skills, building credibility, fostering relationships, and communication tips. This workshop is designed to give technical and soft skills to those professionals who are fairly new to employee benefit plans, or who have much audit experience but are new to employee benefit plan audits. This is an ideal precursor to the main conference’s Fundamental Track. The EEBP workshop will be led by EBP professionals with extensive experience in both accounting, auditing and tax practices within employee benefit plans. Mentors and experts will be on hand so you leave this afternoon with a cadre of new skills and competencies. Emerging EBP participants will have an opportunity to interact directly with the workshop leaders on a wide variety of EBP topics during the conference and after the conference - this is a great way to expand your EBP expertise networking.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify sessions to attend during remaining days of conference.
  • Indicate your goals in attending the conference to mentors and experts.
  • Recall EBP training and apply to rest of conference.