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Aliya Wong, Director for Pension Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Speak at KC’s Event on “IRC Section 409A: Deadline Looming - Are You Prepared?” on 10/24/08


New York, NY, August 09, 2008 --(PR.com)-- The Knowledge Congress, the leading producer of regulatory focused webinars announced today that Aliya Wong, the Director for Pension Policy of U.S. Chamber of Commerce will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ upcoming webinar entitled: “IRC Section 409A: Deadline Looming - Are You Prepared?” This 2-hour event is scheduled for October 24, 2008, Thursday, at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT. (For further details of the event and an updated list of panelists, please visit: (http://www.knowledgecongress.org/event_2008_409A.html)

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final 409A regulations regarding non-qualified deferred compensation plans (NQDC). IRS Notice 2007-86 extended the “good faith compliance” standard through December 31, 2008. The final regulations are effective January 1, 2009. Plan documents and the election of the time and form of payment of the NQDC must be completed by the end of this year.

The Knowledge Congress is bringing together a panel of experts who will share their expert opinions in a two-hour webinar. Discussions will include the best approaches in complying with the said Rules. A live interaction with the audience in a question and answer format is also included.

About Aliya Wong

Aliya Wong is the Director of Pension Policy at the United States Chamber of Commerce. Her primary responsibility is to develop, promote and publicize the Chamber’s policy on employer-provided retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation, and Social Security. Ms. Wong regularly meets with members of Congress, the Administration, and regulatory agencies to promote the Chamber’s retirement policy and represents the Chamber on the steering committee of several national coalitions. Most recently, Ms. Wong has led the Chamber’s efforts on comprehensive pension reform resulting in the passage of the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

Prior to joining the Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Wong was a practicing attorney specializing in ERISA and tax qualification matters related to pension, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation. Ms. Wong is the author of an internet article entitled, “Defined Benefit Plans in an Era of Phased Retirement,” through the Society of Actuaries. Ms. Wong is also the co-author of an amicus curiae brief filed with the United States Supreme Court in the matter of Egelhoff v. Egelhoff, 121 S. Ct. 1322 (2001) which was ruled upon favorably. Ms. Wong regularly gives presentations on legislative issues surrounding retirement policy for organizations including the American Bar Association, the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans and the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association.

Ms. Wong is admitted to the New York State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. Ms. Wong is a 1997 graduate of New York University School of Law where she also received a Master of Laws in Taxation. Ms. Wong received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and African Studies from Yale University.

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. It includes hundreds of associations, thousands of local chambers, and 106 American Chambers of Commerce in 94 countries.

The Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America® core mission is to fight for business and free enterprise before Congress, the White House, regulatory agencies, the courts, the court of public opinion, and governments around the world.

From its headquarters near the White House, the Chamber maintains a professional staff of more than 300 of the nation's top policy experts, lobbyists, lawyers, and communicators. The Washington staff is supported by eight regional offices around the country; offices in New York and Brussels; an on-the-ground presence in China; and a network of grassroots business activists.

Its members include businesses of all sizes and sectors—from large Fortune 500 companies to home-based, one-person operations. In fact, 96% of its membership encompasses businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

For more information about Aliya Wong and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, please visit: http://www.uschamber.com/

About The Knowledge Congress

The Knowledge Congress is an organization that produces webinars that examine regulatory changes across a variety of industries. “We bring together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour webinars to study the impact of changing regulations.” To contact or to register to an event, please visit: www.knowledgecongress.org.

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