Employee Benefit Plan Audits

Employee Benefit Plans

When Experience Matters

Moss Adams audits over 1,800 employee benefit plans each year, ranging in size from 100 to 100,000 participants with $100,000 to $5 billion in assets. This number includes close to 80 403(b) plans for tax-exempt entities. Types of plans we audit include:

  • Defined contribution
  • Defined benefit
  • Employee stock ownership
  • Health and welfare
  • 403(b)

AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center Member

Moss Adams has been a member of the AICPA's Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (AQC) since its inception. The AQC was established to help CPAs meet the challenges of performing quality audits in this unique and complex area. The AQC provides members communication of regulatory developments, best practices guidance, and technical updates. Bertha Minnihan, one of our Employee Benefit Plan Services leaders, previously served on the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Expert Panel and the Executive Committee of their Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center.


We have  employee benefit plan specialists in all of our offices nationwide. You get an efficient, well-trained audit team when you work with us. We receive specialized training to stay current on ERISA, DOL, and IRS rules and regulations, so you get a more efficient audit. Our proactive approach helps eliminate ERISA violations and results in timely filings without surprises.


Our clients receive solid, innovative solutions based on their particular set of facts and circumstances. We work with a variety of plan administrators, actuaries, attorneys, and investment consultants to incorporate our industry knowledge and experience into meeting our clients’ needs.

Some of the solutions we provide include:

  • Assessment and recommendations for benefit service providers
  • Facilitating the preparation of Form 5500 filings and attachments
  • Resolution of complex compliance issues discovered during the audit
  • Assistance with prohibited transaction issues
  • Assistance with IRS and DOL audits

We can provide these services to the extent permitted by professional standards while complying with government regulations.


Resources available for our employee benefit plan clients.


As year-end approaches and COVID-19 continues to impact plan governance and administration, you may be wondering how these events could impact your organization's employee benefit plans (EBP).

The CARES Act includes provisions providing relief for retirement plans and IRAs including waiving certain minimum contributions and more.

A new law could affect your retirement plans with extended IRA contributions, expanded options for 529 plans, kiddie tax reversal, and more.

Join us for an in-depth review of what our benefit plan professionals saw in their 2019 audits. Our on-demand webcast will help you be more effective in your role as plan fiduciary, sponsor, auditor, or administrator.

OregonSaves helps Oregon employers provide better retirement savings opportunities to their employees. Discover effective dates, exemptions, and more.

Preparing for Your First 401(k) Audit
This complimentary webcast is a bootcamp for a growing company that may not need a plan audit today, but may need one in the near future.

An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) motivates, retains, and rewards employees who help make a business successful. It serves as a great exit strategy with some fantastic tax benefits, but it’s also a retirement benefit for your employees.

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