Hiring a Payroll Audit Firm, Question 18: How do you Schedule Your Payroll Audits?

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.

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