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Employee Benefit Plans

At Cygan Hayes, 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 that possess the specialized knowledge and experience to help ensure compliance with the appropriate standards and changes in regulations that may impact your firm' s employee benefit plan audit.

We plan and execute our audits in a way that maximizes audit efficiency and quality and we offer your plan administrator and human resources personnel confidence in their plan reporting and management.

Our Quality Commitment

As a member of the American Institute of CPAs 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.

CLICK HERE to see our most recent peer review report.

Employee Benefit Plan Audit Services

Our employee benefit plan audit services include:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plans
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plans
  • 401(k) and 403(b) Plans
  • Health and Welfare Plans
  • Multiemployer Benefit Plans
  • Consulting services related to employee benefit plans
  • Expense Allocation Consulting
  • Preparing IRS Form 5500 and summary annual reports


Staff Expertise

Our team of employee benefit plan auditor specialists stays current in this highly technical practice area by attending various continuing education programs including the annual Employee Benefit Plan Conference sponsored by the Illinois CPA Society and other relevant seminars and by monitoring developing issues and trends from the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, and industry and trade publications.

Our Employee Benefit Plan Audit Practice Leader, Jeff Hayes, CPA has performed plan audits since 1997. Jeff has experience auditing 401(k) / 403(b) plans, defined benefit and contribution pension plans, health and welfare plans, and multiemployer plans.

For more information about our employee benefit plan audit services please contact Jeff Hayes at


For more information about audit quality, visit the Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center at