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Simplifying your 401k Audit

July 18, 2013 by Mike Esser
Copeland Buhl

A 401k audit may sound complicated and intimidating. As new requirements are introduced, 401k audit standards continue to get more complex, but with an experienced group of CPAs at the right firm, the audit does not need to be a difficult process.

401k audits are required by the Department of Labor for certain plans.  In general, 401k audits are required when the plan reaches 100 eligible employees.  Our team of experienced CPAs at Copeland Buhl & Company PLLP can help you determine whether a 401k audit is required for your plan.  The audit is due 7 months after the plan’s year-end (July 31st for calendar year-end 401k plans) and an extension can be filed for an additional 2 ½ months (extending the due date to October 15th for calendar year-end plans).

Copeland Buhl & Company PLLP has been dedicated to providing quality accounting services to the community for more than 40 years.  Our firm has an experienced audit team that can efficiently conduct the audit in an effective way that meets your needs.  Additionally, our 401k audit department manager has more than 8 years of experience working with clients and third-party administrators on 401k audits.  We understand the importance of maintaining consistency and strive to maintain the same lead auditor and contact person on each job from year to year.

Our team of CPAs has specialized expertise in the area of 401k audits that can help make the process less stressful for you.  We have expert knowledge of fair value disclosures, fee disclosures, Department of Labor requirements, and assistance in the filing of the annual form 5500.  We have experience working with multiple third-party administrators, including Fidelity Investments, Principal Financial Group, John Hancock, MassMutual Financial Group, and Midwest Pension & Profit Sharing Services.

Copeland Buhl & Company PLLP is a member of the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center.  As a member, we are required to report annually that we have conformed to the requirements as put forth by the AICPA, which includes maintaining a certain level of continuing education among our CPAs.  Continuing education keeps our team up-to-date on current and pending 401k rules and regulations that could have significant effects on your company and your 401k plan.

If you have any questions regarding 401k audit requirements, have a question about the audit process or are in need of a 401k audit, please do not hesitate to a contact us. One of our experienced team members will be pleased to assist you

Mike Esser                 952-476-7122                mike_esser@copelandbuhl.com

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