The annual audit of your employee benefit plan is a fact of life. But, you also have other work that requires your attention. Hiring the right auditor and making a few up-front requests can save you time and save your company’s money.
Three ways to streamline your audit:
1. Request a list of information needed by the auditor prior to his or her arrival. You’ll be ready for them and they can get started right away.
2. Prepare a plan document and summary plan for the auditor to read in advance.
3. Request an auditor with direct experience with employee benefit audits.
If any of the above items are missing, then much of your time may be wasted due to inefficiency and/or inexperienced auditors. Even if a firm has a significant benefit plan audit resume, requesting an auditor with specific experience will improve your outcome. It’s a win-win situation: ensuring your satisfaction likely pays off in returning business.
Even the best audits will cost you time and money. By design, there is no way around this reality. However, you can get significantly better value by finding a firm in your area that is a member of the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center. Member firms demonstrate a commitment to quality. And, by being prepared in advance, you’ll have better use and control over your own time.