As much as I hate breaking in a new auditor, this guy yesterday was a piece of cake. He fell for the old have-all-the-records-in-order ploy. There wasnít anything heíd asked for in his letter that I didnít have for him, bound and indexed. Even a few things he didnít ask for were ready for him, owing to the sad fact that Iíve been audited for more years than heís been auditing.
He was very complimentary about the books I kept. Apparently some contractors donít bother with all the paperwork theyíre supposed to keep track of, and this makes it a little hard to audit them. Sometimes he spends all day with a person, asking them for this, that, and something else, and waiting for them to search through the files to find it all. Obviously, I didnít want that to happen to me.
In fact, though, he was here for more than two and a half hours, which is a little longer than most workers compensation audits take. Part of it was that heís a first-timer and had to ask all the questions about the nature of the business and who does what. He also asked to look at some time cards, which no other auditor has done. I guess he wanted to make sure I was reporting the employees at the right pay rate. The more they make, the smaller the percentage we pay. Since I do everything by the book, I was happy to have the records to prove it.