Employee Benefit Plans


Critical regulatory insight and a commitment to quality service

Employees, beneficiaries and employers benefit from having a retirement plan in place.  Plan administration is a complex task.  Meeting your fiduciary responsibilities involves actively monitoring your plan for compliance with numerous agencies and regulations.  This includes risk assessment, managing employee and employer contributions, monitoring plan fees, monitoring plan investments, and working with third party service providers.  There are also challenges inherent in selecting an optimal plan design to meet both employer and employee needs and goals and aligning your plan with the right service providers and advisers to your plan.

At Stratagem, we understand that ERISA, Department of Labor, IRS and the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation regulations are complex with frequent regulation changes.  Our broad understanding of the employee benefit plan industry spans both tax and audit expertise.  We have comprehensive knowledge of multiple types of plans, including both large and small plans. We can assist you throughout the lifecycle of your plan, from development to execution to plan termination.  We’ll provide you with ongoing consultation that helps your business manage risk.  Our strong business community connections in the Denver market allow us to connect clients with other service providers including financial advisers and plan administrators, with the ultimate goal of providing you with exceptional service.  We are passionate about educating our clients on the complex nuances of this compliance-focused industry, and assisting you in staying proactive so that you can confidently execute your fiduciary responsibilities.

We understand that a quality audit is important to help you achieve your responsibility to file a complete and accurate tax return for your plan each year.  At Stratagem, we plan and execute our audits in a way that maximizes audit efficiency and quality.  As a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, we are committed to adhering to the highest quality standards by voluntarily agreeing to the Center membership requirements, which include designating a partner responsible for our employee benefit plan audit practice, establishing quality control programs, performing annual internal inspection procedures, and making our peer review report findings publicly available.

Tax Services – We’re dedicated to helping clients address concerns, navigate tax compliance, and plan for the complex tax issues that employee benefit plans and business owners face.

 Audit Services – We are committed to achieving the highest quality audit possible.  We understand the complexity of performing employee benefit plan audits and that’s why we have a dedicated team of auditors who possess specialized knowledge and experience to help ensure compliance with the appropriate standards and changes in regulations that may impact your organization’s employee benefit plan audit.  Our services include:

  • Audits of numerous types of employee benefit plans including 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, cash balance plans, and defined benefit plans
  • Assisting clients with education on ERISA, DOL and IRS compliance requirements
  • Assisting clients with education on DOL and IRS correction programs

Consulting Services – Stratagem also offers a comprehensive level of consulting around the complex issues that face employee benefit plans in today’s environment.

  • Plan Design – Based on gaining an understanding of your needs, we will collaborate with you and your third-party administrator to design the best plan to meet your objectives.
  • Risk Management – We are able to assist you in identifying the potential risks associated with the changing regulatory environment and the impact on your organization and plan.

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