PEORIA, Ill., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliance Benefit Group – Illinois (ABG), one of the largest independent, full-service retirement plan providers in the country, announced that Vice President of Plan Services, Erin D. Patton, ERPA, CPC, QPA, QKA, has been awarded the prestigious Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA) designation by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the American Institute of Retirement Education. Ms. Patton joins a select number of retirement professionals on a national basis who have completed the rigorous ERPA qualifications, allowing them to represent clients with retirement plan-related issues before the IRS.
"The retirement plan space is becoming increasingly more technical and contains an abundance of ever-changing regulatory pronouncements," stated John D. Blossom, Jr., MSPA, PPC, RF, CBC, President and CEO of ABG. "Erin Patton's attainment of the ERPA professional certification is an example of her leadership in serving our clients' complex needs. The ERPA program is one of many opportunities for ABG staff to grow as retirement plan professionals," concluded Mr. Blossom.
"The ERPA certification expands ABG's service suite and gives me the opportunity to work with ABG plan sponsor clients that need representation before the IRS on plan issues such as determination letter requests and retirement plan audits," stated Ms. Patton. "The client is often better served by having ABG handle these complex situations since we provide their ongoing record-keeping services and have intimate knowledge of their plan," Ms. Patton said. "In the end, the client benefits from greater continuity as a result of ABG's full-service approach."
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