Employee Benefit Plan Operations: Protect Against Fraud

As the employee benefit plan audit season gets underway and the Form 5500 due date to the Department of Labor approaches, plan sponsors should take this time to examine the company’s employee benefit plan operations and related fraud risks. Most plan sponsors rely on a third party administrator to handle

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DOL Reaffirms Lack of Audit Quality by Plan Audit ‘Dabblers’

At the AICPA’s National Employee Benefit Plan Conference in early May, Michael Auerbach, Acting Chief Accountant within the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor (DOL), presented the department’s findings that audit quality remains poor within the Employee Benefit Plan (EBP) area. The department noted an audit deficiency

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IRS Publishes New Guidelines for Hardship Distributions

On February 23, 2017, the IRS issued a memo on substantiation guidelines for safe-harbor hardship distributions from 401(k) plans.  This memorandum was sent to all employee plans (EP) examination employees.  The memo covers whether or not a 401(k) plan hardship distribution is “deemed to be on account of an immediate

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