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Tax Talk for Tax Pros

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Welcome to TaxBlawg, a resource for news and analysis of current legal issues facing tax practitioners. Although blawg.com identifies nearly 1,400 active “blawgs,” including 20+ blawgs related to taxation and estate planning, the needs of tax professionals have received surprisingly little attention. The Wall Street Journal's Tax Blog gives “tips and advice for filers,” and Paul Caron’s legendary TaxProf Blog is an excellent clearinghouse for academic and policy-oriented news. Yet, tax practitioners still lack a dedicated resource to call their own. For those intrepid souls, we offer TaxBlawg, a forum of tax talk for tax pros.

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Another Player in the Worker Classification Arena?

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the federal government has started its crackdown on businesses suspected of hiring illegal immigrants.  Federal agents are expected to visit companies to verify employees' identity and eligibility for employment in the United States.  Documentation, such as Forms I-9 will be reviewed.

ICE is not expected to name the companies listed in its audit plans but may identify the specific sectors that will be targeted.

Companies should manage these audits carefully because there is a significant potential for the findings to result in identifying worker classification issues which may give rise to issues with the Department of Labor, IRS and state taxing authorities.

This article was co-authored by Heather Pesikoff and Jaremi Chilton.

Categories: Employment Tax