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Compliance with confidence

BerryDunn’s benefits experts bring deep experience to employee benefit plans, and work collaboratively with client stakeholders to add value, meet regulatory requirements, and encourage employee engagement. We specialize in optimizing plan design for pre-tax contributions and tax-deferred growth, and provide options for executive compensation and profit sharing plans. Our team guides clients through available alternatives, and works to design a plan structure that meets and balances goals, while ensuring compliance with the vast array of evolving tax rules that govern plans.

As a firm known for specializing in employee benefits and consulting, BerryDunn currently provides audit services to approximately 225 employee benefit plans, and prepares more than 100 Forms 5500 for clients. Our credentialed staff receives specialized annual training to ensure up-to-the-minute knowledge and shares key concerns with affected clients.

Our consultants serve as resources to our audit teams on issues affecting employee benefit plans, while offering a full range of employee benefit-related services, including:

  • Plan administrator training
  • Plan design
  • Plan error corrections
  • Representations before the IRS and DOL
  • Assistance with plan documents, including amendments, terminations, and mergers

From initial planning to final deliverables and beyond, our team works to identify and meet timelines while maintaining focus on client objectives. Assigned staff maintains open and ongoing communication with clients throughout the course of the engagement to plan for new developments, to address regulatory changes, and to integrate key feedback. We utilize an audit service approach tailored to suit each client’s needs, and design solutions for uncompromising quality, accuracy, and economy.

To learn more, please contact our employee benefits audit services team

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“Since our 403(b) plan’s first audit with BerryDunn 10 years ago, we continue to be impressed by their depth of understanding and expertise. Their team is efficient, effective, and professional, and always available throughout the year to help with a variety of challenges. Our University is grateful to have easy access to such capable support.”  

- Lauren Wobby, CFO of Norwich University

403(b) plan audits for universities—efficient and effective support

Plan audit readiness assessment

For sponsors of growing retirement plans, approaching 100 or more plan participants means it’s time to celebrate—and prepare for your plan’s first financial statement audit. BerryDunn’s employee benefits advisors help clients prevent, detect, and correct plan errors before they become audit issues, giving you confidence that your plan is ready for its first-year audit from day one. With a readiness assessment, we can help you:

  • Understand your plan’s key provisions and how they operate
  • Determine the appropriate depth and timing for fee and investment reviews
  • Assess and improve the strength of plan internal controls
  • Identify opportunities to enhance user controls over service organizations
  • Test the timeliness of employee deferrals and participant contributions
  • Comply with IRS guidelines for investment committee oversight
  • Properly define inputs for contribution calculations
  • Assess the eligibility and accuracy of benefit payment methods and amounts

To learn more, please contact our employee benefits audit services team

Plan audit readiness
Assess your readiness and prepare for your plan's first financial statement audit