In mid-November, 2015, the Chief Accountant of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) sent out an email to plan administrators related to selecting a qualified CPA firm to audit your plan’s financial statements. This email referenced a recent study completed by the DOL (which can be found on the DOL’s website) which concluded that due to the unique audit and reporting requirements related to employee benefit plan audits, plan administrators should take care when selecting their CPA firm to ascertain that the CPA firm is qualified to perform the plan audit.
HW&Co is qualified and, in fact, currently audits many employee benefit plans, and as a member of the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, HW&Co must meet additional professional standards including having our audit staff obtaining a specific number of training hours over a three-year period and the additional internal monitoring and peer review requirements. HW&Co, since its inception, has received the best Peer Review results possible with our most recent Peer Review receiving a rating of “pass with no deficiencies”. Additionally, the DOL has performed a DOL desk audit for one of our plan audits with no findings identified.
If HW&Co does not currently perform your plan audit, please consider having HW&Co become your plan auditors. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your HW&Co Executive or Joe Sbrocco, CPA, CGMA at 877-FOR-HWCO.