Hiring a Payroll Auditing Firm, Question 17: Do you Discuss Your Findings With the Employer When you Complete the Field Work Portion of the Audit?

Posting by Larry Beebe, CPA

A prospective payroll audit firm should answer this question with a question: What do you want us to do? The plan’s response depends on the circumstances. If the deficiencies have been fully identified by the end of the field work, the employer should be notified. On the other hand, if additional work is needed to determine whether more hours are covered by the collective bargaining unit (CBA), then a discussion with the employer may be premature. When findings are discussed, the employer should be told the findings are subject to change in the final audit report.

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