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Mississippi 401k Audits

401(k) plans have become one of the most common retirement plan options offered by Mississippi employers. It’s so popular that most have come to expect it, or a similar employee benefit plan, to be offered as part of the compensation package. There are a variety of plan options for employers to select from, and finding one with the right benefits (and cost structure) is essential. Many face a challenge when the plan grows and meets the minimum requirement to undergo a Department of Labor (DOL) ERISA Audit. Others who have been through a plan audit may have service issues with their provider. Whatever the case, it’s important to work with an auditor with experience and a dedicated commitment to the plan audit specialty.

ERISA Experience

Calvetti Ferguson provides plan audits to 80 benefit plans, including 401(k), defined benefit plans, ESOP’s including limited and full scope audits. We are also in the top 2% of firms that audit employee benefit plans in the United States. We work with plans that are single or multiple employers and have experience serving plans with an 11K filing requirement. The firm provides services to benefit plans with asset sizes ranging from $1M to $1B and a total participant count between 100 and 30,000.

Our firm is a member of the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Control Center. Maintaining membership is voluntary, and it permits our team members to receive advanced training on regulatory changes. Our involvement reflects our commitment to delivering quality plan audits.

ERISA Audit Services

Our 401(k) plan audit services include:

  • Comprehensive audit services, including testing participant account balances to verify their accuracy and completeness.
  • Form 5500 preparation and review.
  • Preparation and submission of required 11k filings.
  • Plan design options, information, and recommendations.
401(k) Plan Features

Analytics on plan features most commonly offered by employers, including:

  • Employer MatchingAccording to a BLS Survey, in plans with an employer matching feature, 42% of respondents indicated an employer match of less than six percent while 48% have an employer match of 6% of earnings. The most common rate of the match was $.50 for each participant dollar contributed.
  • Investment Optionsthe same survey also discovered that 86% of employees participating in 401(k) plans were given a choice in investment options. The number of options varied from 2 to 10 choices and contribution splitting is allowed.
  • Loans & WithdrawalsAnother interesting finding was the number of plan participants that were eligible for a plan loan. According to the survey, 51% of participants were eligible for a plan loan. It was also discovered that 33% were able to take, penalty-free, hardship withdrawals for qualifying life events.
  • Distribution OptionsIt was also uncovered that 91% of 401(k) plans permit a lump sum payment of benefits upon retirement. Many are allowed to choose the payout methods including a lifetime annuity or payments over an agreed-upon period.

    Source: Bureau of Labor & Statistics – Employee Costs and Risks in 401(k) plans

    Contact Our 401k Audit Team

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    Mississippi (MS) Overview

    Below is a list of essential facts about Mississippi (MS) including;

    • Mississippi’s economy is driven by booming industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, and energy production, with significant growth in the aerospace and shipbuilding sectors.
    • Jackson, the capital and largest city, serves as a central hub for commerce, healthcare, and education, while cities like Gulfport and Biloxi are crucial for the state’s tourism and gaming industries.
    • The state is a major agricultural producer, particularly in poultry, soybeans, and cotton, contributing significantly to its GDP and employment.

    Source: Data USA – Mississippi (MS)