Preparing For and Surviving a Governmental Audit of Your Employee Benefit Plans

Wednesday, April 20
12:00 p.m. ET

All employee benefit plans, including both retirement and group health plans, are regulated by one of three federal governmental agencies: the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL) and/or the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC). In the past couple of years, we have noticed an increase in audit activity, particularly by the IRS and DOL. This webinar will provide an overview of the trends that we are seeing in recent IRS and DOL audits. Specifically, this webinar will address the following:

  • Description of the steps of a typical audit, including how and why the audit was initiated, what employers will be required to provide to the auditor, and the typical timeline
  • Reviewing a typical IRS and DOL audit letter
  • Overview of the common issues raised by the IRS and DOL
  • Offering practical tips for surviving the audit
  • Consequences if an issue is identified during audit

Christine Poth


Christine is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment group. Her practice focuses on employee benefits and related tax matters. She has experience in the design, implementation and administration of qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, insurance benefits, fringe benefits, deferred compensation, and incentive bonus programs. She has significant experience in working with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) on compliance issues.


Elizabeth Howard


Elizabeth is an associate in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment group. Her practice focuses on employee benefits. She has experience working with employers and multiemployer plans on benefit issues, including assisting with the design, administration, and compliance of qualified retirement plans, deferred compensation plans, health and welfare plans, and fringe benefits. She also has experience representing clients with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL) and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).



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