Form 5500: What you need to know

Form 5500 is an annual return/report that employee benefit plans are required to file with the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) division. Employee benefit plans subject to Employee Retirement Income Security’s Act (ERISA) standards are required to file Form 5500 on an annual basis. This report serves to satisfy necessary disclosures, …

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Does your employee benefit plan need an audit?

If your Company sponsors an employee benefit plan (this includes 401(k) plans), an audit of that plan may be required. What triggers the need for an audit? The number of participants. Plans with 100 or more participants at the start of the plan year are considered “large” and generally require an annual audit, while plans …

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Preparing for your 401(K) audit

Proper preparation for your year-end 401(K) audit can lead to a much smoother and effective audit experience for both your company and your auditor. A constant line of communication leading into the audit will allow both parties to be as efficient as possible, especially when it comes to performing fieldwork. In addition to what your …

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How to Prepare for Your 401(k) Audit

There are a few simple steps that can be taken during the planning phase of the audit in order to gain efficiencies during the fieldwork phase. You should be in communication with your auditor before the Plan’s year-end date. This is the best time to come to an agreement about the terms, timing and fees …

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Full Scope vs. Limited Scope Audits

When a 401(k) or other retirement plan requires an annual audit, a plan administrator may have a choice to engage an audit firm to perform a full-scope audit or a limited scope audit of the financial statements. To be qualified for a limited scope audit, a bank or insurance carrier must act as a trustee …

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Enrollment Documentation

Did you know that one of the most common errors found in a 401K audit is due to a lack of proper documentation of enrollment? When a company is required to have their 401K plan audited it is a good idea to make sure that there are proper procedures as well as documentation in place …

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Questions to Ask When Selecting Auditors for Your Employee Benefit Plan

When an employee benefits plan such as a 401(k) plan reaches a certain size or qualifies under other requirements, the Department of Labor requires an audit to be performed. If you are selecting an audit firm for your employee benefits plan, you might consider asking the following questions: 1. How many employee benefit plan audits does …

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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 way or another.  These and many other reasons make benefit plans susceptible to fraud.  As …

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10 Easy Tips to Prepare for Your 401(k) Audit

If your company’s 401(k) plan requires an audit this year, here are ten things you can do to help you prepare for, and pass your 401(k) audit. 1. Gather all plan documents including new amendments that were made during the current year.  Your auditor will ask for them, so you might as well pull them together …

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