Jen: This is The PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Nicole Riley, a Director on our audit team and one of the faces of PKF Texas’ not-for-profit team. Nicole, welcome back to The Playbook.

Nicole: Thanks. Glad to be here.

Jen: So, audits. You know, it’s the beginning of the year, people are starting to get things pulled together for their audit process. What could a not-for-profit organization do to make that process smoother when it comes time?


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Jen: This is The PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Jen Lemanski and I’m back once again with Carlos Gomez, an audit manager, and one of the faces of PKF Texas’ Contract Compliance Services team. Carlos, welcome back to The Playbook.

Carlos: Thanks for having me, Jen.

Jen: So, we’ve been talking about different kind of audits throughout the series, and how about you share a little bit about what a royalty audit is.

Carlos: A lot of royalty audits that we performed is on behalf of a client who is not necessarily in a certain industry, whether it be consumer goods, toys, apparel, those types of things. And for this specific instance, we have a client who is in the automotive industry, and a way to build their brand recognition and loyalty is to have toys and have apparel. And so, a kid gets a truck, and his dad has a Ford F-150, and they get a Ford F-150 toy car for Christmas. It kind of builds that loyalty and brand loyalty.

Jen: So, when they’re building that brand loyalty, where does the royalty audit come in?


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Jen: This is The PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Carlos Gomez, an audit manager and one of the faces of the PKF Texas Contract Compliance Services team. Carlos, welcome back to The Playbook.

Carlos: Hey Jen. Thank you.

Jen: In a previous episode, we talked about operational management audits, and you mentioned about findings and how we could find up to 10%. That sounds like a lot to me. What do we do in that process and what do findings look like?

Carlos: When we say 10% like that, that’s an industry standard throughout most contract compliance engagements. It’s 10% upon the amount of what we’re auditing or what our coverage is; whether it be gross sales or royalties, 10% is what we typically see. But we’ve had cases where certain clients I’ve seen have recovered 45% up to 100%, and that includes interest and audit fees on top of that, once those are recovered, because they meet a certain threshold within the agreement that now that third party is responsible for the fees. And then another great thing to keep in mind, too, is that the return on investment, like, our fees are never going to encompass the total amount that we find for you.

Jen: So, when we say recovered fees, what does that exactly mean? Is it something that was missing in the contract? Was it something that one of the parties didn’t do? Explain what that looks like.


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Jen: This is The PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Carlos Gomez, an Audit Manager and one of the faces of our PKF Texas Contract Compliance Services team. Carlos, welcome back to the Playbook.

Carlos: Hi, Jen.

Jen: Can you give me a little bit of background – what is a management or an operational agreement audit?

Carlos: What these typically entail is we have a client who has a third party that manages – whether it’s residential or commercial buildings – for them and their tenants.

Jen: What types of things are involved in this audit? Are there any risks associated with doing this type of audit?


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As of January 1, 2021, PKF Texas promoted three Senior Managers to Directors:

  • Nicole Riley, CPA, CFE, Audit
  • Chris Dodd, CPA, Tax
  • Emily Smikal, CPA, Tax

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Nicole joined the firm in 2014 and leads PKF Texas’ growing not-for-profit practice. She has over 10 years of experience performing financial statement audits and providing consulting services to

There has been a trend of increased litigation over the reasonableness of retirement plan fees, which is impacted by a lack of fiduciary responsibility. PKF Texas Audit Senior Manager, Kristin Ryan, CPA, recently published an article on the Houston Business Journal website discussing important considerations plan sponsors should be thinking about.

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In her article, Kristin

It’s important to schedule internal audits. Fraud doesn’t simply take a vacation during crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. If your not-for-profit’s internal controls aren’t effective, crooked individuals can find ways to exploit them and steal from your organization — even if they’re working remotely. Other threats, such as financial shortfalls, might also loom.

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Comprehensive independent audits help assure stakeholders that your not-for-profit is ready for anything that might come its way — including opportunities.


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IRS audit rates are historically low, according to the latest data, but that’s little consolation if your return is among those selected to be examined. But with proper preparation and planning, you should fare well.

In fiscal year 2019, the IRS audited approximately 0.4% of individuals. Businesses, large corporations and high-income individuals are more likely to be audited but, overall, all types of audits are being conducted less frequently than they were a decade ago.

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There’s no 100% guarantee that you won’t be picked for an audit, because some tax returns are chosen randomly. However, the best way to survive an IRS audit is to prepare for one in advance. On an ongoing basis you should systematically maintain documentation — invoices, bills, cancelled checks, receipts, or other proof — for all items to be reported on your tax returns. Keep all your records in one place. And it helps to know what might catch the attention of the IRS.


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Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back once again with Carlos Gomez, an Audit Manager and one of the faces of the PKF Texas Contract Compliance Services team. Carlos, welcome back the Playbook.

Carlos: Thanks, Jen.

Jen: So, Carlos, you and I have talked off video about licensing and royalty audits. Are they the same thing?

Carlos: They’re just a term that’s synonymous with licensing. Royalties are just the funds that you receive from your contract agreement, whether it be a licensed franchise or just a vender.

Jen: So, are these very commonplace in the contract compliance services world?

Carlos: They are. Royalties is basically your revenue, as rather being a licensor; that’s where you get your money from. It’s your third party that’s collecting their share and then paying forward your share.

Jen: Is there a chance of misreporting going on during a license agreement?


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Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Carlos Gomez, an audit manager and one of the faces of the PKF Texas Contract Compliance Services team. Carlos, will come back to the Playbook.

Carlos: Thanks, Jen.

Jen: Carlos, in previous editions we’ve talked about vendor management audits. What are those and how do those help a company in this type of situation?

Carlos: Typically, our clients benefit from having some visibility into their vendors with a vendor audit. It will help you identify any key issues and maybe recover some expenses that you happened to lose that weren’t in line with the agreement.

Jen: So, how does a vendor audit actually work?


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