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Internal Control for Plan Management

Plan administrators are faced with numerous rules and restrictions put in place not only by those in charge of retirement plan regulation, but also as stipulated in the plan document itself. Strong internal controls are essential for the administration of … read more

Where Should an Employer Look for Benefit Plan Fraud?

Employee benefit plans are often a side note in the day-to-day transactions of a business, lacking the constant oversight and review given to the operational activities.  Also, benefit plans involve the majority of the employees in a company in some … read more

Following Your 401(k) Plan Document: Say What You’ll Do, and Do What You Say

I grew up working on my family’s cattle ranch in Arizona.  Out of all my responsibilities as a ranch hand, the worst by far was breaking ice on the drinkers.  This was necessary in cold weather for the cattle to … read more

Internal Control Processes Over Participant Contributions

Are you doing all that you can to ensure that your participant’s accounts are correct?  When was the last time you evaluated your internal controls over participant accounts?  There are a few important steps you can do to beef up … read more

Guide to a 401(k) Audit

As a plan sponsor you may be required to engage a CPA firm to perform an audit of your 401(k) plan. As a general rule, the audited financial statements are required to be filed with your Form 5500 if you … read more


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