Employee Benefit Plans

When Experience Matters

Moss Adams audits over 1,600 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, Employee Benefit Plan Services leader, 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:

  • Review of plan documents and operating procedures
  • Review of overall plan strategy and cost structure
  • Assistance with determining the best plan to sponsor
  • Facilitating requests for proposal (RFP) processes
  • 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.


Retirement plans in private and public sectors often receive regulatory scrutiny. Join us for a webcast addressing benefit plan challenges and best practices auditors commonly witness in the field. Hosted by principal thought leaders in employee benefit plans, this in-depth review will help plan fiduciaries and administrators more efficiently perform their roles and better avoid regulatory scrutiny.

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

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.

Our corporate landscape is increasingly global, making it challenging and complex for sponsors to organize benefit and retirement plans. Companies must diligently follow employment laws domestically and in foreign countries in which they operate.

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