Registration is Open for the 2016 Employment Tax Forum in Philadelphia on Feb. 25th

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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.

Employment Tax Forum ButtonThe 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

Employment Tax Forum to Take Place February 25th in Philadelphia

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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

ABA 2015 Criminal Tax Fraud and Tax Controversy Conference to Kick Off Tomorrow

CE1512CTF Print Brochure_1We are looking forward to attending the American Bar Association (ABA)’s 2015 Criminal Tax Fraud and Tax Controversy Conference in Las Vegas, NV from December 9 to December 11, 2015 (this Wednesday through Friday). This event is the annual gathering of the criminal tax defense bar combined with the ABA’s Fifth Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy. This program brings together government representatives, judges, corporate counsel, and private practitioners engaged in all aspects of tax controversy, tax litigation, and criminal tax defense. Post & Schell is pleased to be a Bronze level sponsor of the conference, again.

I also am honored to be a panelist on the Criminal Tax Workshop during the afternoon of December 9; this is an annual panel involving private practitioners, federal prosecutors and former IRS agents that discusses strategies and techniques for handling sensitive civil examinations and criminal investigations, and defending a criminal prosecution.… Read More

IRS Executives Discuss the Service’s Current Initiatives: Focus on Employment Tax Compliance and Digital Communications

IRS Rep ConferenceSpeaking 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.

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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

Panels on Forensic Accountants and BSA Exams at the 2015 New England IRS Representation Conference

IRS Rep ConferenceWe are looking forward to attending the New England IRS Representation Conference this Friday, November 20, 2015, at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut. It is hosted by Eric Green and his colleagues at Green & Sklarz LLC; the conference, which has really grown over the years, will address many topics, including current IRS and DOJ initiatives, payroll tax issues, and ethical issues presented by appearing before the IRS.  I will have the pleasure of speaking on a panel regarding the use of forensic accountants during criminal tax investigations, with co-panelists Larry Campagna and Noelle Geiger, and on a panel regarding Bank Secrecy Act exams by the IRS, with co-panelists Michael Villa, IRS CI Special Agent Maria Papageorgiou, and Larry Campagna.  … Read More

Employment Tax Enforcement: Temporary Staff and Long-Term Problems, Part II

employment taxesThis entry resumes yesterday’s discussion of problems that can arise for a business dealing with a temporary staffing service, or “TSS,” that is violating the law; the discussion continues to draw on the case of Mr. Victor Thach, described in yesterday’s post, who was convicted and sentenced for criminal tax violations associated with his labor leasing agency. This blog discussed civil tax issues yesterday; today it addresses criminal tax and immigration law issues, and how the legal problems of a TSS can become the problems of its clients. This is part of the broader discussion regarding employment tax crime that will occur during a panel at the White Collar Practice Seminar of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (PACDL) this Thursday, November 12, at the Union League in Philadelphia.… Read More

Examining Criminal Tax Sentencing and Post-Trial Issues at October 21 CLE

speakingI am looking forward to speaking about sentencing and other post-trial issues in criminal tax cases on October 21, 2015 at the 2015 seminar on Emerging Ethical Issues in Tax Practice for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. This seminar, now in its fifth year, will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Fairfield, New Jersey from 4 pm to 8 pm. I will be joined by the seminar’s host, Charles E. Falk, who will discuss current ethical issues in tax cases, and Michael J. Sullivan, who will discuss selected issues presented by criminal tax cases prior to sentencing.… Read More

Employers Beware: AAG Ciraolo Emphasizes Employment Taxes as Enforcement Priority

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U.S. Department of Justice places employment taxes high on its list of enforcement priorities

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