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How to Polish Up Your 401(k) Plan for Potential IRS Examinations

May 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

We know that getting your 401(k) Plan audited isn’t the most exciting part of running your business. Fortunately, our team of audit nerds at Delap is passionate about mitigating risk by performing high-quality audits for our clients. As a result, we stay up on the latest news from the IRS by attending conferences and continuing education training events.

Recently our team attended a 401(k) audit conference that gave us some insight into what the IRS is focusing their examination efforts on in 2014. Due to budget constraints, the IRS has shifted their 5500 examination focus to the Plan’s internal control environment. To start, the IRS will assess the Plan to determine whether it is being properly monitored for controls related to:

– Timely plan amendments
– Whether the plan amendments & discrimination testing results are being reviewed
– If there has been a change in payroll providers

By first learning the answers to these questions, the IRS can then decide whether or not they need to dig deeper into examining the 401(k) Plan. The hope is that the IRS can eliminate unnecessary examinations moving forward.

So what does this mean for your company’s 401(k) Plan? By learning the answers to the questions the IRS will initially address in their examination of your Plan, you can lower the chances of further examination. The IRS has even provided helpful resources to better guide you in being prepared for a potential examination. See the links below to check out these resources to help polish up your 401(k) Plan.

Can’t get enough about 401(k) Plan audits? Our team of nerds at Delap is happy to answer any questions you have regarding this or any other accounting challenges you are facing. Reach out today!

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