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Employee Benefit Plan Audits

Audits of employee benefit plans involve more than a financial audit of plan assets. In fact, these audits take an in-depth look at an organization's compliance with a myriad of relevant regulations. Dermody, Burke & Brown's Qualified Plan Audit Team performs over fifty employee benefit plan audits annually to assure our clients that their benefit plans meet all regulatory requirements.

Whether you have one benefit plan or ten, you can benefit from our experience and dedication to client service.

  • Our team of CPAs specializes in auditing qualified retirement benefit plans. Our areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, defined benefit pension plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), Defined Contribution Plans (profit-sharing plans, money purchase pension plans, and other employee benefit programs), Health and Welfare Benefit Plans, and Multiemployer Benefit Plans.
  • The team implements a focused, step-by-step approach to planning and executing each audit, yielding timely and thorough results.
  • The team performs a comprehensive analysis to determine that each plan's operation complies with both its documentation requirements and any Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) provisions that may impact for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
  • We offer both full-scope and limited-scope audits in accordance with ERISA and as required by Department of Labor (DOL) regulations. We also prepare Form 5500 - The Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plans and Summary Annual Report.
  • Each team member receives extensive, ongoing compliance training, keeping them ahead of the curve on new developments and techniques. This provides peace of mind to clients, while improving audit efficiency. DB&B is an active member of the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center. Membership in the Center is voluntary and requires firms to:
    • Maintain and demonstrate high quality audit services;
    • Maintain continuing professional education in the employee benefit plan discipline; and
    • Include employee benefit plan audits in their peer review process
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As part of this commitment, DB&B's team members attend the annual AICPA National Conference on Employee Benefit Plans and other seminars to keep current with emerging issues and further their expertise in this complex area. The Center also provides access to the latest developments in accounting, auditing and DOL rules and regulations through news alerts, webcasts and an online forum for members to share information and best practices.

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For more information email info@dbbllc.com or call 315-471-9171 to contact:

Lori Ciarla, CPA
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Lori Ciarla, CPA

Lori joined the Firm in 1992 and specializes in audit, accounting, and advisory services for not-for-profit and governmental organizations, and employee benefit plans.  She oversees the Firm’s employee benefit plan audit practice and is responsible for the audits of more than fifty annual benefit plans, including single employer, multiple employer, defined contribution, defined benefit, and health and welfare plans. Lori serves as the Firm’s designated audit quality partner of the AICPA’s Employee Benefit Audit Quality Center.  She has extensive experience in HUD auditing and is the co-leader of the Firm’s affordable housing audit practice. Lori is also actively involved in the Firm’s employee recruitment program. 

Lori is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  She received the AICPA Not-for-Profit Certificate I and is also a member of the Not-for-Profit section of the AICPA.  Lori is a graduate of Le Moyne College and currently serves on the Finance Committee for Francis House. Lori has served on the board of the American Heart Association and is a past Treasurer of both the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY, Inc. and Girls Incorporated.

Natasha Newbury
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Natasha Newbury

Natasha Newbury

Natasha Newbury is a Manager in the Auditing and Accounting Department at Dermody, Burke & Brown. She has been with the firm since 2008 and has over 10 years of experience with employee benefit plans and financial institutions.

Natasha received a Bachelor’s Degree from State University of New York at Oswego. She is a board member for the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance.  Natasha is also an associate member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and serves on the committee for the NYSSCPA’s Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession program. Natasha speaks at various colleges and high schools throughout the year promoting the accounting profession.

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