Specialized Employee Benefit Plan Audit Team

At Wegner CPAs, we understand that performing employee benefit plan audits requires a specialized team of professionals, not audit generalists. Our employee benefit-plan audit group is both extensive and diversified with more than 50 years of combined audit experience. Our philosophy of assigning experienced professionals to each of our engagements ensures that clients receive full benefit from our ability to provide quality audits efficiently.

When is an audit needed

Generally, federal law requires employee benefit plans with 100 or more participants as defined by ERISA to have audited financial statements attached to their Form 5500 filings. Smaller plans may also need to an audit if they do not meet certain conditions exempting them from the audit requirement.

Why choose Wegner CPAs

Wegner is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC), a firm-based voluntary membership center for firms that audit employee benefit plans. The EBPAQC provides members with timely communication of regulatory developments, best practices guidance, and technical updates.

In addition, our team members receive over 20 hours in continuing education annually, focused only on employee benefit plan audits led by nationally recognized experts. Our approach to the auditing concept is to obtain an in-depth understanding of your plan and how it affects your employees. Your audit is tailored to your needs and goals and will include compliance testing to ensure that you are meeting the many requirements of ERISA, IRS and DOL regulations. This approach results in a close working-relationship with you, while we still retain the objectivity, independence and continuity expected from an independent Certified Public Accounting firm.

We can assist you in your employee benefit plan audit needs

  • Auditing and assurance services
  • Preparation of required IRS and DOL filings
  • Representation in dealing with the IRS/DOL
  • Design/Implementation of internal controls
  • Plan compliance issues and resulting corrections

Jodi Wells

“Wegner CPAs has performed the audit of our Profit Sharing/401(k) Plan for the past several years. I have enjoyed the working relationship I have built with the staff over that time. I have found them to be extremely organized and thorough in conducting the audit. They have been flexible with the scheduling of the audit, and helpful in making suggestions for better ways to do things. I would highly recommend their services.”

Jodi Wells, Trustee
Plastic Ingenuity, Inc. Profit Sharing and Savings Plan

Jessica Lackas-Spink

“My experience with Wegner CPA has been positive. We receive the audit requests from Erin early in the process, so we have plenty of time to gather the needed documents. If there are any questions, we get helpful responses back quickly.”

Jessica Lackas-Spink, Payroll & Benefits Analyst

Taylor Teske

“We are always very pleased to work with Wegner CPAs. We think of the Wegner team as a value-add partner not only during our audit but throughout the year. The timely recommendations we receive enhance our ability to make sound business decisions and contribute to the success of our organization.”

Taylor Teske, aPHR, HR Generalist

Andrea Echegaray

“As a CPA and former auditor myself, I’m a tough client to please.  Wegner CPA consistently exceeds my expectations in terms of professionalism and expertise. Each year, our audits and tax returns are completed efficiently and on time. Our designated Partners and senior managers provide excellent technical advice when we need it. Best of all, though, the staff at Wegner is great to work with. We actually look forward to our audits (no, really!)”

Andrea Echegaray, Finance Manager/CFO
Briar Patch Food Co-op

Lori Thielen

“Wegner CPAs manages our, Rainbo Oil Company and Plymouth Lubricants, 401(k) audits and does so very seamlessly and effectively. The audit team is experienced, organized and a pleasure to work with. Information is requested and exchanged allowing for a large portion of the audit to be handled at Wegner’s offices and not at our corporate site. When the Auditors are onsite, the exchanges and requests are infrequent and efficient. We appreciate Wegner CPAs’ expertise and approach to our 401K9) audit and would recommend them to other companies.”

Lori Thielen
Rainbo Oil Company

Nicole Miller

“Working with Wegner CPAs and Yingying Yuan on our 401(k) plan audits has been a pleasure. Yingying does an excellent job of keeping me informed on audit deadlines, explaining each step of the process and thoroughly reviewing each years’ findings. She also takes the time to explain what steps we could implement to improve our internal procedures following each audit. I am confident our plan is being handled in a fiscally responsible manner based on their thorough review of all aspects of the plan.”

Nicole Miller, Benefits Coordinator
Creative Community Living Services, Inc.

Tim Wingate

“As our co-op has grown over the years, our financial and compliance needs have grown as well.  In 2014, our defined contribution plan grew to require an outside audit.  Wegner CPAs has been instrumental in not only implementing the actual audit but also offering guidance and technical assistance along the way.  Over the years, many of our systems have stemmed from the recommendations made by Wegner CPAs.  I would highly recommend them for any of your audit or ERISA needs.”

Tim Wingate
Hunger Mountain Co-op