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Maria Arriola with Dave Wilkins of Transamerica Retirement Services

On Thursday, Nov. 5 th our very own Maria T. Arriola stole the show at the Transamerica Retirement Services Breakfast for Financial Advisers.

The presentation was attended by over 30 different businesses that operate in the retirement services arena and Maria was invited to co-present along with Dave Wilkins, Regional Vice President of Transamerica Retirement Services.

A gifted speaker, Maria talked about 401k ERISA audits and the importance of having a good working relationship with your auditor and third party administrator. She also recommended these three steps to help keep the process as smooth as possible: 1) Amend the plan to force out terminated employees with an account balance of less than $5,000. 2) Carefully review the participant list to ensure only eligible employees are included in the participant count. 3) Qualifying companies should take advantage of the 80-120 exemption and elect to be treated as a small company.

The presentation also went into detail on common errors in ERISA audits. Of particular note were errors in the handling of employee contributions, the new changes to EFAST/EFAST2 (ERISA Filing Acceptance System), and making sure the census information is filled out correctly.

Overall the presentation went very well and Maria has already given another one and fielded several offers to give more.

If you require a 401k pension audit or have any questions regarding them please feel free to contact Maria at LSL CPA’s.


Maria Arriola

For over 30 years, Maria has served clients in a variety of areas including financial statement audits, reviews and compilations as well as business and individual taxation.   Maria excels working with clients in the real estate, and healthcare industries, along with employee benefit plans. You can reach Maria at 714-569-1000 Read Maria's complete bio