- The US Department of Labor (DOL) provides the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (VFCP) for benefit plan sponsors that need to correct various violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Some examples include failing to timely remit participant contributions and loan repayments to the plan, and making below market interest rate loans with parties in interest.
- A government is accountable for the services provided to taxpayers and for the way that it uses its resources to provide those services. One way to enhance accountability is to form an audit committee.
- Based on inquiries to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on which entities will be within the scope of the draft Private Company Decision-Making Framework: A Guide for Evaluating Financial Accounting and Reporting for Private Companies (the “Guide”), FASB has issued proposed guidance on the definition of public business entities.
- As high profile fraud scandals gain attention in the news, executive management looks to their legal counsel for a defensive game plan.
- Employee benefit plans use third party service providers (service organizations) for a variety of reasons including participant recordkeeping, trust reporting, plan testing, information systems, and claims processing. These services influence the financial reporting of a plan. If your company has an employee benefit plan that is audited, one of the items an auditor will ask for is the Service Organization Controls report (SOC 1 report) for each of the service organizations used by the plan.
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