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Jenise Gaskin, CPA
Employee Benefit Plan Audit Group Leader

Overview

Employee Benefit Plan Audits
At BPM, we are committed to achieving the highest quality and most efficient audits possible with our specialized team of auditors. We have over 30 years of experience in performing employee benefit plan audits and we presently audit over 190 benefit plans. We also minimize the plan sponsor’s risk by helping them fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities and comply with the complex ever-changing rules and regulations they are subject to.

We perform audits on the following types of employee benefits plans: defined contribution, defined benefit, 403B and employee stock ownership plans.

Employee Benefit Plan Advisory Consulting
Beyond the audit, our team of experts advises plan sponsors in many areas, such as building a strong team of service providers, strengthening internal controls, improving efficiencies and ensuing adherence to plan provisions and ERISA guidelines. Our team assists with preparing for an audit, DOL or IRS examinations as well as assisting with self-corrections under DOL and IRS programs. We also provide Form 5500 preparation services, retirement plan consulting, employer and plan participant services.

Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)
With the passage of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), plan sponsors are held responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their plans' financial statements. Audits offer comfort that a plan's financial statements have been subject to an annual independent examination, and that the plan's processes and financial controls supporting the financial statements have been examined. Audits of employee benefits plans are unlike other audits; they are subject to very specific laws and regulations that require specialized knowledge to execute.

BPM's employee benefit plan audit team consists of dedicated professionals with extensive knowledge of ERISA guidelines and deep expertise performing employee benefit plan audits. We work with plan sponsors and other fiduciaries to ensure their plans are fully compliant with ERISA reporting requirements, the Department of Labor requirements, IRS requirements and other regulations. We communicate directly with the plan’s third party service providers minimizing time spent away from the core business. We make every effort to reassign our staff to the same jobs each year in order to preserve relationships, establish continuity, and provide a seamless audit experience. Our streamlined focused audit approach translates into cost savings to the plan sponsor.

AICPA Certified
As a member of the American Institute of CPAs Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, we are committed to adhering to the highest quality standards by voluntarily agreeing to the Center membership requirements, which include designating a partner responsible for our employee benefit plan audit practice, establishing quality control programs, performing annual internal inspection procedures, and making our peer review report findings publicly available. 

At BPM, our goal is to continue to enhance our quality initiatives within our employee benefit plan audit practice to deliver the highest quality audit services possible.

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Beyond the audit, BPM offers employee benefit plan advisory and consulting services. We assist plan sponsors with their fiduciary duties including plan governance & documentation.

Department of Labor “DOL

The DOL regulates employee benefit plans and as such they provide:

AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (AICPA EBPAQC)

The AICPA EBPAQC has compiled helpful tools and resources for plan sponsors which can be found at Plan Sponsor Resource Center - AICPA.

Plan advisories include:

Tools for Plan Sponsors include:

Internal Revenue Service “IRS

With so many options for a retirement plan, which one is best for you, your family, and your business? Refer to the IRS Plan Feature Comparison for some help in selecting a right plan.

Once the right plan is selected, the IRS website is a great resource for plan sponsors who want to be up to date on all regulatory changes impacting their Plan. Need to find out what the contribution limit is for the year, or just want to get some guidance from the IRS perspective on hardships or loans. The IRS website includes many other resources, including information on correcting plan errors.

Some great publications available from the IRS are (others available from IRS website):

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Jenise Gaskin, CPA
Employee Benefit Plan Audit Group Leader