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Benefit Plan Audit Services

Reliable, quality benefit plan audits by accredited specialists at competitive fees

A quality benefit plan audit will demonstrate to plan participants and regulators that your investments, reporting and disclosure, as well as fiduciary provisions and workers’ benefit rights are executed properly and in full compliance. Smith + Howard delivers benefit plan audits on time, at low fees and with less inconvenience to your team.

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Delivering Confidence

Nationally accredited specialists in the area of employee benefit plans are instrumental as you seek to ensure that your business navigates its employee benefit plan offering while staying in line with evolving benefit plan laws. At Smith + Howard, our AICPA accredited professionals enjoy the nuances of, and specialize in benefit plan audits.

You can count on us to stay current with the multitude of regulatory and compliance developments related to ERISA, to communicate those developments timely, and walk beside you as you implement them.

We perform your benefit plan audit efficiently, deliver on time and provide confidence for you and your participants that your plan is compliance with governing laws and regulations. All at a reasonable cost.

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The plans we audit include:

  • ERISA Section 103(a)(3)(C) and non-ERISA Section 103(a)(3)(C) 401(k)
  • 403(b)
  • Welfare Benefit Compensation Plans
  • Defined Benefit
  • ESOP
  • Health and Welfare
  • Multiple Employer Plan (MEP) Retirement Plans
  • Pooled Employer Plan (PEP)

Why Us?

Smith + Howard is a full-service accounting firm with a demonstrated track record of excellence providing benefit plan audit services. Our team is led by accomplished leaders driven by a deep understanding of benefit plan audits, a passion for service, a commitment to excellence, and unwavering integrity.

EBP Team Leaders

At Smith + Howard, our EBP team is composed of the most skilled and knowledgeable professionals in the industry. We work closely with businesses across the country, delivering expert guidance and a genuine commitment to the success of their missions.

J. Sean Spitzer
Smith + Howard PC
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

Always doing the right thing is the most important value to me. Leaders have their integrity challenged daily with the many decisions that have to be made. Integrity is my North Star.

Lori G. Wagnon
Smith + Howard PC
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

The development and growth of our people is the backbone of our success. I feel responsible for teaching and providing the best resources available so our people grow smarter and stronger every day.

Erin Sak
Senior Manager
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

We grow stronger together is the Smith + Howard value that is most important to me. Our team is truly a united group that works together toward a common goal. Mentoring and coaching has been a critical part of my career development and the development of others.

Claudia Perez
Senior Manager
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

Our PEOPLE value is of utmost importance to me as we collaborate in a team environment where we help each other grow professionally and rely on each other to provide excellent client service.

Russ Kanner
Senior Manager
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

Serving our clients well leads to greater opportunities for everyone. Helping a client strategize and grow their business is one of the most rewarding parts of working at Smith + Howard.

Our family of companies offers a full range of accounting, advisory and assurance services:


  • Day-to-day accounting services provide a firm foundation for financial operations.
  • + Outsourced CFO and Controller Services
    + On-site Accounting
    + Accounting Software Selection + Implementation
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  • Underneath the compliance aspect of attest services, there’s often useful financial data for the business. We deliver timely and provide recommendations to improve the health of the business.
  • + Audits
    + SOC Reporting
    + Employee Benefit Plan Audits
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Cyber Risk Management

  • Cyber threats to businesses are growing at a rapid rate. Phishing, supply chain attacks, ransomware and IP theft bring significant risk to your business. We help you address and prepare for each.
  • + Business Impact Analysis
    + Security Risk Assessment
    + Information Security Programs

    + ISO 27001
    + SOC 2

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Indirect Tax

  • Compliance in indirect tax requires an intimate knowledge of tax regulations in jurisdictions across the country, along with people and technology that execute accurately on time, every time.
  • + Sales and Use Tax
    + Property Tax
    + Audit Defense
    + Transaction Tax Compliance
    + Licensing
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  • Staying in compliance and out of tax-trouble, while minimizing the taxes you have to pay is our number one goal. The added value is in our commitment to making sure you take advantage of available incentives to fund growth.
  • + Accounting for Income Taxes
    + Entity Selection
    + International Tax Services
    + Multistate Tax Services
    + Planning And Compliance
    + Private Equity and Portfolio Changes
    + Succession Planning
    + Tax Credits and Incentives
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Transaction Advisory

  • Whether you’re on the buy or sell side, our team is experienced and equipped to assess and advance any transaction, propelling you toward your goals.
  • + Financial Due Diligence
    + Quality of Earnings Reports
    + Tax Due Diligence
    + Tax Structure Planning
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A Nationally Recognized Accounting Firm

With clients in all 50 states and many with operations around the world, Smith + Howard brings an extraordinary level of expertise and knowledge that helps your business reach the next level.

Our benefit plan audit team specializes in working with businesses like yours to efficiently drive the audit process, providing value in both deliverables and price. All with our promise of personal, responsive client service. This is part of what repeatedly lands us as a Top 20 Employee Benefit and Compensation Company (Atlanta Business Chronicle), client-nominated Forbes Top Accounting and Tax Firm list and the INSIDE Public Accounting National Best of the Best list.

We invite you to contact us to learn how we can make your benefit plan audit move valuable, more cost efficient and painless.


As an Atlanta Top 20 Employee Benefit and Compensation Company*, Smith + Howard brings a dedicated and educated team of employee benefit plan audit specialists to your business to identify compliance strengths and gaps and help you administer the plan in a way that achieves the goals of your business while serving your employees well in the plan administration.
We audit full and limited scope 401(k) plans, 401(a) Welfare Benefit Compensation Plans, limited scope 403(b) plans, Defined Benefit Plans, ESOPs, Health and Welfare plans and Multiple Employer Plan (MEP) Retirement Plans.
In addition to building our knowledge of ERISA, we’re deeply engaged in the EBP professional community including membership in the AICPA’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, Women in Pensions, governing the conduct of plan managers, investment of plan assets, reporting and disclosure of plan information, enforcement of the fiduciary provisions of the law, and workers’ benefit rights. Investments, reporting and disclosure, as well as fiduciary provisions and workers’ benefit rights are all in compliance. Our reputation when measured against the U.S. Department of Labor definition of qualified benefit plan audit firms more than proves our qualifications in this important area of assurance.

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Whether it’s a quick call, consultation, or jumping right into a benefit plan audit, our talented team of professionals are ready to help solve your business goals. So drop us a line today and let’s get to work!