We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Marie Sapirie of Tax Analysts on two areas of tax enforcement: employment taxes and international compliance programs. Marie’s story ran in the February 1, 2016 edition of Tax Notes; you can access it here.
We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the 2016 Employment Tax Forum, taking place February 25, 2016 at 8:15 am in our Philadelphia Office.
The IRS has made clear that employment tax enforcement is a current priority. The Employment Tax Forum provides tax professionals – including accountants, return preparers, auditors and attorneys – with an overview of federal employment tax issues, including worker classification, and an update on related federal civil and criminal enforcement initiatives.The event begins with breakfast, followed by two panel sessions with current and former IRS officials, as well as experienced practitioners.
Free CPE and CLE will also be offered.… Read More
Throughout 2015, the IRS made clear that employment tax enforcement is a current priority. This is something we’ve discussed in past posts, as well heard first hand from IRS agents and officials at conferences and other venues.
Against this backdrop, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll hold The Employment Tax Forum on February 25, 2016 here in our Philadelphia Office. The goal is to provide tax professionals – including accountants, return preparers, auditors and attorneys – with an overview of federal employment tax issues, including worker classification, and an update on related federal civil and criminal enforcement initiatives. Free CPE and CLE will also be offered.… Read More
Speaking at the ABA’s Annual Criminal Tax Fraud and Tax Controversy Conference, senior officials from the Tax Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the IRS Office of Chief Counsel described a variety of priorities for civil enforcement.
Consistent with prior indications that payroll taxes will be a significant area of focused criminal enforcement, Diana L. Erbsen, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Appellate and Review, indicated that practitioners should anticipate civil actions for injunctive relief in payroll tax cases, followed by contempt proceedings to enforce those injunctions. Erbsen also indicated that the Financial Litigation Unit of the Office of Review, which focuses on collecting tax judgments, has received additional staff and is expected to be more active.… Read More
Speaking on a panel this morning at the New England IRS Representation Conference, several Washington IRS executives discussed the Service’s current initiatives. We heard from Mary Beth Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Small Business/Self-Employed Division; Rajive Mathur, Director of Online Services; Carole Madison, Acting Director of Examination, North Atlantic Region; and Darren Guillot, IRS Director of Field Collections. Below are some of the highlights from their discussion.
Employment Tax Compliance
As we have discussed before, one of the IRS’s stated enforcement priorities is employment tax compliance. According to Mr. Guillot, employer withholding of income and payroll taxes accounts for approximately 70 percent of the nation’s tax revenue.… Read More
We had the pleasure today of hearing the comments of Caroline Ciraolo, Acting Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), regarding DOJ Tax Division’s current enforcement priorities. Acting AAG Ciraolo provided one of the keynote addresses at the American Law Institute’s Continuing Legal Education conference, Handling a Tax Controversy: Current Trends in Civil Tax Controversies and Litigation, held in Washington, D.C. This blog entry will focus on, just as Acting AAG Ciraolo did, the issue of employment tax enforcement.… Read More