Just Survived Your First 401(k) Audit? Here’s How to Potentially Avoid One in 2023.

Was 2022 the year you were finally on the hook for a 401(k) audit? Let’s explore the regulatory shifts that could be a game-changer for your 2023 plan year.

The New Audit Landscape

The audit criteria changed at the end of 2022, and now only participants with balances are in the audit crosshairs. So, if you’re hovering around 100, this one’s for you.

Streamlined Actions for 2023


Revisit your participant count—only those with balances.


Use the $5,000 force-out rule to strategically reduce your participant count by year-end 2023.


Plan ahead: In 2024, the force-out limit will increase to $7,000, giving you more room to avoid an audit.

The Bigger Picture

This isn’t about dodging obligations but about proactively managing your governance.

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