What do the DOL and IRS Look for When Investigating Your Plan?


Investigation and audit from the U.S. Department of Labor and the IRS, respectively, are possibilities that all TPAs need to be prepared for and ready to handle. These investigations can lead to plan liability or can hurt a TPA’s reputation. Who wants to go to the TPA who could not handle being investigated?

So here are some red flags to watch out for and help prepare your plan against. The IRS is especially wary of plan termination and acquisitions while the DOL is known to investigate whether a plan is properly bonded by an ERISA Fidelity Bond, has received numerous plan participant complaints, and errors on the Form 5500. Click here to learn more areas in which the IRS and DOL are known to investigate more thoroughly.

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