One of the most favored employee benefit plans, the 401(k) plan, provides unique challenges for auditors. Obtain an understanding of the rules and regulations unique to employee benefit plans with the practical guidance provided by this seminar. Auditors will enhance their knowledge through real world examples, best practices and efficient audit techniques that can be utilized in various audit engagements. Make sure your audits don't trigger a DOL inspection by conforming to all applicable rules and regulations.
Practitioners responsible for planning and performing employee benefit plan audit engagements.
- Properly document your understanding of the plan, the environment and internal controls for an employee benefit plan
- Understand the importance of reading, reviewing, and documenting the controls in a Service Organization Control Report
- Identify potential audit triggers that may result in an inspection by the Department of Labor
- Understand the risks associated with a benefit plan audit engagement
- Avoid common mistakes noted during peer reviews
- Learn how to properly plan your benefit plan audit engagement and develop an audit strategy while improving overall efficiency
- Find out how to avoid common pitfalls in planning and detailed audit procedures
- Annual update of the changes affecting 401(k) plans
- Description of common mistakes as noted in peer reviews and DOL inspections
Basic understanding of auditing defined contribution plans.
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Melissa G. Critcher, CPA, PC
AICPA/Professional Development Institute
Melissa G. Critcher attended Appalachian State University where she received a BS in Accounting. Throughout the course of her career, she has had the opportunity to work with small and large, local and regional firms across North Carolina. Currently, Melissa has her own practice located in Charlotte, NC. She has extensive experience in auditing and accounting, which includes manufacturing, professional service, healthcare, and retail industries with a specialization in employee benefit plans. Currently, her practice concentrates on auditing employee benefit plans and consulting with CPA firms and plan sponsors. Melissa’s experience has led to various opportunities, which include teaching numerous continuing professional education courses for the AICPA, NCACPA, Surgent McCoy, and CPA firms, as well as, public and privately held entities. She has been repeatedly recognized as an outstanding discussion leader by the AICPA and NCACPA. Melissa has also authored several different courses for the AICPA, Surgent McCoy and others on topics ranging from employee benefit plans, internal controls, and compilation and review engagements. Throughout, the course of her career, she has served in various roles with both the NCACPA and AICPA. These positions include serving as a member of the NCACPA Board of Directors, committee member for the NCACPA Accounting and Attestation Committee, as well as, local chapter positions for the NCACPA. For the past six years, Melissa has also served as a volunteer on the AICPA Technical Standards Committee for Employee Benefit Plans which is responsible for evaluating referrals from the Department of Labor for deficient audits and makes recommendation for disciplinary actions.