Learn why the WCB may select you for an audit, how to prepare for an audit and how to avoid common reporting errors.
Under Sections 127 and 128 of The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 (the Act), the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has the right to inspect the books/records of any employer operating in Saskatchewan. This information remains confidential and will be used solely for the purpose of conducting an audit.
Employers may be selected for audits for one of the following reasons:
The Saskatchewan WCB audits employers to ensure that the assessable payroll and contractors have been reported correctly and that their industry code best reflects the firm’s activities.
An auditor will contact the employer by phone or in writing to schedule an audit.
Generally, an auditor examines the payroll records and other documents for the three years prior to the current year.
For each year, the WCB requires the following information to complete an audit:
The Saskatchewan WCB defines contractors as businesses or individuals hired to perform work but not carried on your payroll. Examples of common contract services include plumbing, electrical, snow removal, janitorial, landscaping, casual labour not reported on a T4 and consulting. Section 2 (1) (ii) of The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 defines contractors as workers and reporting of their labour is mandatory, even if clearances were obtained.
In some cases, we ask to take a tour of your facilities. This helps us ensure your firm is assigned the correct industry code.
Changing the classification of a business activity may involve changing an employer’s rate code from one to another, due to incorrect classification of a business activity. In most cases, if the rate code changes, the reclassification will mean a change in the premium rate as well.
During the course of an audit, a Saskatchewan WCB auditor may discover errors in an employer’s reporting of the firm’s business activities and assessable earnings. The most common reporting errors resulting in an audit adjustment are:
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