Hiring a Payroll Audit Firm, Question 18: How do you Schedule Your Payroll Audits?BondBeebe
Posting by Larry Beebe, CPA
The payroll audit firm should have a process identified for scheduling audits. It does not matter whether a supervisor, a clerical employee, or the auditor schedules the audit. What is important is that the person doing the scheduling keep a written diary of all contact with the employer during the scheduling process.
The great majority of employers cooperate with the scheduling process, but a few employers try to avoid scheduling the audit by refusing to commit to a set date and time. In those circumstances, the written documentation of the effort taken to schedule becomes essential. When an attorney has to be called in, the documentation can be used to convince a judge to compel the audit.
For more in this series, see:
- Question 17: Do you Discuss Your Findings With the Employer When you Complete the Field Work Portion of the Audit?
- Question 16: Should we Ever Change the Time Between Payroll Audits for a Given Employer?
- Question 15: Should we Have a Three or Four Year Cycle to Audit all Employers?
- Question 14: Should Payroll Audits for all Employers be Random or Should They all be “for Cause” Audits?
- Question 13: What is the Typical Time Between the Assignment of a Payroll Audit to the Auditor, and it’s Performance and Delivery of the Audit Report?
- Question 12: Do you Charge for Travel Time?
- Question 11: Will we Receive Progress Reports?
- Question 10: Do you Change a Flat-Rate Fee per audit or an Hourly Rate?
- Question 9: Have you Done Payroll Audits for our Industry or Similar Industries?
- Question 8: Do you Have a Dedicated Payroll Audit Staff?
- Question 7: What are the Qualifications of Your Payroll Audit Staff?
- Question 6: How Long Does Your Typical Audit Take?
- Question 5: Do You Audit All Employees %100 or Do You Test Employees?
- Question 4: What is the Relationship Between Your Audit Findings and Your Audit Costs?
- Question 3: How Many of Your Payroll Audits do you Perform?
- Question 2: How Many Audits do you Perform?
- Question 1: How Many Years Have you Been Doing Payroll Audits?