Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2008-7
February 19, 2008
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This document contains final regulations relating to user fees for the initial and renewed enrollment to become an enrolled actuary. The charging of user fees is authorized by the Independent Offices Appropriations Act (IOAA) of 1952.
Effective Date: These regulations are effective on December 21, 2007.
Applicability Date: For date of applicability, see §300.0(c).
Concerning cost methodology, Eva J. Williams at (202) 435-5514; concerning the final regulations, Kimberly Mattonen at (202) 622-4940 (not toll-free numbers).
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-406) ordered the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Treasury to establish a Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries. 29 U.S.C. 1241. The Joint Board shall, by regulation, establish reasonable standards and qualifications for persons performing actuarial services and the Joint Board shall enroll such individuals who, upon application, satisfy such standards and qualifications. 29 U.S.C. 1242(a). The regulations at 20 CFR Part 901, Subpart B address eligibility for enrollment and renewal of enrollment. Pursuant to the Joint Board’s bylaws, the Secretary of the Treasury is to appoint an Executive Director to the Board who has the delegated authority to administer the Board’s enrollment program. The Secretary of the Treasury has delegated these functions to the Internal Revenue Service and the costs of these activities are borne by the Service.
20 CFR 901.11(d)(4) provides for a reasonable non-refundable fee for applications for renewal of enrollment. Form 5434-A, “Application for Renewal of Enrollment” presently states that the renewal fee is $25. Final 26 CFR 300.7 and 300.8 establish separate $250 user fees for the enrollment and renewal of enrollment process. These fees represent the IRS’s costs in administering the program, and the $250 fee for renewal of enrollment will supplant the $25 fee.
The IOAA of 1952 (31 U.S.C. 9701) authorizes agencies to prescribe regulations that establish charges for services provided by the agency. The charges must be fair and be based on the costs to the Government, the value of the service to the recipient, the public policy or interest served, and other relevant facts. The IOAA of 1952 provides that regulations implementing user fees are subject to policies prescribed by the President, which are currently set forth in OMB Circular A-25, 58 FR 38142 (July 15, 1993) (the OMB Circular).
The OMB Circular encourages user fees for government-provided services that confer benefits on identifiable recipients over and above those benefits received by the general public. Under the OMB Circular, an agency that seeks to impose a user fee for government-provided services must calculate its full cost of providing those services. In general, a user fee should be set at an amount in order for the agency to recover the cost of providing the special service, unless the Office of Management and Budget grants an exception. Pursuant to the guidelines in the OMB Circular, the IRS has calculated its cost of providing services under the enrolled actuaries program. The IRS has determined that the full cost of administering the enrollment and re-enrollment processes is $250 per enrolled actuary per process.
The final user fees will be implemented under the authority of the IOAA of 1952 and the OMB Circular.
On October 31, 2007, a notice of proposed rulemaking (REG-134923-07, 2007-47 I.R.B. 1037) was published in the Federal Register [72 FR 61583]. No comments were received from the public in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking. No public hearing was requested or held. The proposed regulations are adopted by this Treasury decision.
It has been determined that this final rule is not a significant regulatory action as defined in Executive Order 12866. Therefore, a regulatory assessment is not required. It is hereby certified that these regulations will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Accordingly, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required. This certification is based on the information that follows. These final rules affect enrolled actuaries, of which there are currently 4,600 active. The economic impact of these regulations on any small entity would result from a small entity, including a sole proprietor, being required to pay a fee prescribed by these regulations in order to obtain a particular service. The appropriate NAICS codes for enrolled actuaries relate to Insurance Other (524298) and Administrative and General Management Consulting, Including Financial Consulting (541611). Entities identified under these codes are considered small under the SBA size standards (13 CFR 121.201) if their annual revenue is less than $6.5 million. The IRS estimates that as many as 2,070 enrolled actuaries may be operating as or employed by small entities. Therefore, the IRS has determined that these final rules will affect a substantial number of small entities. The dollar amounts of the fees are not, however, substantial enough to have a significant economic impact on any entity subject to the fees. The amounts of the fees are commensurate with, if not less than, the amount charged by professional organizations. Persons who elect to apply for enrollment or renewal of enrollment also receive benefits from obtaining the enrolled actuary designation.Pursuant to section 7805(f) of the Internal Revenue Code, the NPRM preceding this regulation was submitted to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on its impact.
Accordingly, 26 CFR Part 300 is amended as follows:
Paragraph 1. The authority citation for part 300 continues to read as follows:
Authority: 31 U.S.C. 9701.
Par. 2. Section 300.0 is amended as follows:
1. Paragraphs (b)(7) and (b)(8) are added.
2. Paragraph (c) is revised.
The additions and revision read as follows:
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(7) Enrolling an enrolled actuary.
(8) Renewing the enrollment of an enrolled actuary.
(c) Effective/applicability date. This part 300 is applicable March 16, 1995, except that the user fee for processing offers in compromise is applicable November 1, 2003; the user fee for the special enrollment examination, enrollment, and renewal of enrollment for enrolled agents is applicable November 6, 2006; the user fee for entering into installment agreements on or after January 1, 2007, is applicable January 1, 2007; the user fee for restructuring or reinstatement of an installment agreement on or after January 1, 2007, is applicable January 1, 2007; and the user fee for the enrollment and renewal of enrollment for enrolled actuaries is applicable January 22, 2008.
Par. 3. Section 300.7 is added to read as follows:
(a) Applicability. This section applies to the initial enrollment of enrolled actuaries with the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries pursuant to 20 CFR Part 901.
(b) Fee. The fee for initially enrolling as an enrolled actuary with the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries is $250.00.
(c) Person liable for the fee. The person liable for the enrollment fee is the applicant filing for enrollment as an enrolled actuary with the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries.
Par. 5. Section 300.8 is added to read as follows:
(a) Applicability. This section applies to the renewal of enrollment of enrolled actuaries with the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries pursuant to 20 CFR Part 901.
(b) Fee. The fee for renewal of enrollment as an enrolled actuary with the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries is $250.00.
(c) Person liable for the fee. The person liable for the renewal of enrollment fee is the person renewing their enrollment as an enrolled actuary with the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries.
Deputy Commissioner for
Services and Enforcement.
Approved December 17, 2007.
Assistant Secretary of
the Treasury (Tax Policy).
(Filed by the Office of the Federal Register on December 18, 2007, 2:32 p.m., and published in the issue of the Federal Register for December 21, 2007, 72 F.R. 72606)
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