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Are You Ready for an Audit?

Several events can trigger a DOL or IRS audit, such as employee complaints or self-reporting under the annual submission of the Form 5500. Oftentimes an audit is a random event, which is why you should always be prepared. Listed below are several key items typically requested in an initial letter sent by the IRS or the DOL in connection with a retirement plan audit. These items should be readily accessible by the plan administrator at all times the plan is in operation.

  • Plan document and all amendments
  • Summary plan description
  • Investment policy statement
  • Copy of the most recent determination letter
  • Copies of Forms 5500 and all schedules
  • Plan’s correspondence files (including meeting minutes)
  • Plan’s investment analyses
  • ADP and ACP testing results
  • Most recent account statements for participants and beneficiaries
  • Contribution summary reports (i.e., evidence of receipt of these monies by the plan’s trust)
  • Loan application, amortization/repayment schedule (for all loans)

If you have questions about preparing for an audit, or need plan design review assistance, please contact your plan advisor.


This material was created to provide accurate and reliable information on the subjects covered but should not be regarded as a complete analysis of these subjects. It is not intended to provide specific legal, tax or other professional advice. The services of an appropriate professional should be sought regarding your individual situation. 

Advisory Services offered through Alera Investment Advisors, LLC. Securities offered through Triad Advisors, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. GCG Financial, LLC, Alera Group, Inc. and Alera Investment Advisors, LLC are not affiliated with Triad Advisors, LLC. Information provided by GCG Financial, LLC should not be considered tax or legal advice. Should you require tax or legal information, please consult your tax advisor or attorney.

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