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Thursday, December 2, 2021 Live Webcast

Advanced Audits of 401(k) Plans: Best Practices and Current Developments (E2112151)

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST

Registration: 8:30 AM EST

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8.0 CPE Credits in AA

OVERVIEW

As we saw from the recent U.S. Department of Labor review of employee benefit plan audits, auditors need to raise their game in order to provide the quality audits that plan stakeholders demand. The AICPA has reacted by issuing a proposed SAS that will significantly impact how audits of these plans will be performed. Now is the time to get up to speed on these significant issues and changes occurring in the world of 401(k) plan audits. In this advanced course, we will discuss both the existing and new rules and regulations unique to employee benefit plans as well as provide practical guidance on their application. The most common compliance issues identified in 401(k) audits will be explored along with recommended corrections. Auditors will identify best practices for handling specific issues that arise during the course of the engagement related to payroll and compensation, participant loans, hardship distributions, investments, plan mergers/acquisitions, etc. Efficient audit techniques that can be utilized in various audit engagements will also be identified. This is the course to take to help you improve the quality of your 401(k) benefit plan audits.

DESIGNED FOR

Experienced practitioners responsible for planning and performing employee benefit plan audit engagements

BENEFITS

  • Identify the current year changes to the rules and regulations affecting 401(k) plans.
  • Examine the most common compliance issues encountered in 401(k) plan audits, what to watch out for, and what can be done to ensure compliance.
  • Perform efficient and effective procedures associated with planning, internal controls, risk assessment, and detailed audit.
  • Explain the documentation and procedures related to plan mergers and acquisitions.
  • Discuss best practices associated with advanced audit areas including participant loans, payroll, compensation, investments, etc.
  • Understand the risks associated with a benefit plan audit engagement.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Annual update of the changes affecting 401(k) plans
  • Compliance issues associated with eligibility and enrollments, remittances, lack of oversight, compensation, vesting, etc.
  • Best practices for engagement planning, internal controls, risk assessment, and detailed testing
  • How to avoid common mistakes made while performing audit procedures
  • Plan mergers and acquisitions
  • Common audit reporting and disclosure issues
  • The new audit standard for employee benefit plans

COURSE LEVEL

Advanced

PREREQUISITES

Detailed understanding of auditing defined contribution plans.

ADVANCE PREPARATION

None

INSTRUCTOR

Daryl Krause

Daryl G. Krause, CPA

AICPA/Professional Development Institute

Daryl G. Krause, CPA DG Krause LLC / Indianapolis, Indiana

Mr. Krause has CPA certifications in several Midwestern states. He practices public accounting as Manager & CEO of his regional CPA firm, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, which he founded in 2005. DG Krause LLC is a member of the AICPA’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center and performs employee benefit plan audit services for which Daryl serves as the sign-off partner.

Daryl has led more than 200 CPE programs for the AICPA, Surgent McCoy CPE, LLC, The Ohio Society of CPAs and Indiana CPA Society since 2008. He has led programs in 33 states and the District of Columbia for the AICPA alone, thereby helping thousands of CPAs around the country to maintain their licenses. He leads programs sponsored by State Societies, or Firm or Organization sponsored in-house programs. Chosen by the AICPA to be the Program Leader for the 2016 videotaping of Leases: Mastering the New FASB Requirements, an 8 hour CPE program introducing this critical new accounting topic, which is frequently rebroadcast and he often serves as its monitoring technical expert.

He has performed technical reviews during the development of certain AICPA courses including the 2013 editions of Revenue Recognition, Top 10 GAAP Issues, Internal Control Essentials for Accountants and Auditors and several Employee Benefit Plan related courses. He is the Content Matter Expert of the recently published AICPA Accounting Trends & Techniques Employee Benefit Plans-Best Practices in Presentation and Disclosure - Sixth Edition - 2016 copyrighted publication. Author of several 2016 employee benefit plan-related DG Krause LLC CPE programs offered by the Indiana CPA Society.

Previously he enjoyed 23 years of diversified responsibilities with Ernst & Young. Industries he served included manufacturing, construction, real estate and financial services. Roles included Ohio Valley Area Director of Employee Benefit Plan Services for 8 years, Senior Manager in the Entrepreneurial Services group for 3 years, Senior Manager in National Professional Development group for 5 years, which involved designing, developing and delivering core curriculum Audit and Entrepreneurial Services training programs for the entire U.S. practice.

PRICING

$289.00 - Member

$439.00 - Nonmember

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