Regulatory Updates

DOL Guidance on Employee Benefit Plan Audit Independence

The Office of Management and Budget has received a final rule from the Department of Labor (DOL) titled, “Interpretive Bulletin Relating to the Independence of Employee Benefit Plan Accounts.”

The DOL has long had in place a 1975 interpretive bulletin, acknowledging that further guidance may be issued concerning the question of independency of an accountant retained by an employee benefit plan. In 2019, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) issued a new Statement of Auditing Standards (SAS) 136 which updated audit requirements for employee benefit plans. Required implementation of these new requirements was delayed until plan years ending after December 15, 2021.