Effective Feb. 12, 2016, the IRS will no longer be offering the ERPA Special Enrollment Examination (ERPA SEE) to be become and Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA).
The IRS has indicated that any current ERPAs will continue to hold the ERPA designation, allowing them to practice before the IRS, and that anyone who has passed both parts of the SEE can still become an ERPA if they file the Form 23-EP, “Application for Enrollment to Practice before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA).” The application for enrollment must be filled within one year of passing both parts of the test.
The final ERPA SEE testing window ended Feb. 12, 2016. This testing window was the last opportunity for employee benefits professionals to become an ERPA. Candidates who have passed only one part of the exam by Feb. 12, 2016, will not have any further opportunities to take the exam.
For more information on the ERPA program, click here.