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Tax Update, Volume 2017, Issue 2

THE NEW REGULATIONS EXPAND THE FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR FORM 5472 TO INCLUDE DISREGARDED ENTITIES WITH FOREIGN OWNERS WHEN THERE ARE CERTAIN REPORTABLE TRANSACTIONS. If a non-U.S. person (individual or corporation)...more

Charitable Contributions: Acknowledgements, Appraisals and the IRS's Strict Rules: Tax Update, Volume 2017, Issue 2

Tax season has begun, and it is crucial for any taxpayer claiming a charitable contribution deduction to be aware of the acknowledgment rules. Before the taxpayer files a tax return claiming a charitable deduction of $250 or...more

The IRS and Courts Weigh in on the Deductibility of Fines and Penalties - Tax Update, Volume 2016, Issue 3

Taxpayers who make payments in conjunction with a forfeiture action should attempt to understand the characterization of a payment to see if the specific payment can avoid being treated as a fine or penalty. Originally...more

Reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act and REIT Taxation - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

The reforms generally encourage foreign investment in U.S. real estate. The enacted Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act) contains numerous reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act...more

California Court Upholds Payroll Tax Withholding on Back Pay and Front Pay Judgment - Tax Update Vol. 2015, Issue 4

The opinion adopts well-established federal law and overturns a 22-year-old California case that held that withholding was not required. Everyone knows that, when an employer pays wages to an employee, the employer...more

Who Bears Withholding Tax When a Settlement of Litigation Agreement Is Silent?

IF A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IS SILENT, A DEFENDANT IS NOT REQUIRED TO ‘GROSS UP’ THE SETTLEMENT, AND THE PLAINTIFF WILL SUFFER THE WITHHOLDING TAX BURDEN. What happens when settling parties agree that the defendant will...more

Massachusetts High Court Holds that Restrictive Independent Contractor Statute Does Not Apply to Real Estate Salespersons in that...

In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled yesterday that the state independent contractor (IC) law, widely regarded as the most restrictive IC law in the nation, does not apply to licensed...more

March 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

This past month’s headline developments involve three major developments in the area of independent contractor (IC) misclassification. The first case involves a large department store that agreed to pay most of the costs of...more

Extension for Philadelphia Nonprofit Property Owners Filing to Maintain Tax Exemption

Nonprofit organization owners of tax-exempt real property located in Philadelphia were required to submit information by March 31, 2015 for their properties to continue to be exempt from tax for 2016. The Philadelphia Office...more

February 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month’s headline developments are a set of cases reported in February dealing with class action IC misclassification claims: the highest court in a key state agreeing to decide whether a worker-friendly test should be...more

Philadelphia Nonprofit Property Owners Must Submit Forms by March 31 to Maintain Tax Exemption

Nonprofit organization owners of tax-exempt real estate located in Philadelphia have been receiving letters from the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) concerning forms they must file to enable their properties...more

2/27/2015

133,000 Misclassified Workers Detected in New York in the Course of 12,000 Audits and Investigations in 2014, According to the...

On February 1, 2015, the Joint Enforcement Task Force on Employee Misclassification issued its Annual Report. The Report noted that the New York Task Force members in 2014 conducted over 12,000 audits and investigations,...more

Even an Exotic Dance Club (a.k.a. Strip Joint) Can Comply with Independent Contractor Laws – And Avoid or Defend Against Class...

A number of our blog posts since October 2010, including our monthly updates beginning in November 2012, have included reports on class action lawsuits by exotic dancers against strip clubs. This industry has, by far, the...more

The 2016 Federal Budget: Targeting Independent Contractor Misclassification as Part of the “Fissured Workplace”

The President released his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget today, February 2, 2015. In furtherance of the President’s budget request, the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division provided a 32-page budget justification to Congress...more

January 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

JANITORIAL FRANCHISE COMPANY SETTLES ITS APPEAL OF $4.8 MILLION JUDGMENT IN FAVOR OF MISCLASSIFIED CUSTODIANS. Coverall North America Inc. settled the independent contractor misclassification case filed against it by a class...more

New Jersey Sets Low Bar for Workers Filing Independent Contractor Misclassification Suits

More than a year ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in an independent contractor misclassification class action, asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to articulate the test that judges should apply in state...more

$6.5 Million Class Action Settlement Imparts Four Lessons for Companies Seeking to Minimize Independent Contractor...

A $6.5 million settlement between Lowe’s Home Centers and a class of its home improvement contractors was approved by a federal court judge in California earlier this week. The contractors claim that they had been...more

Florida is 19th State to Partner with U.S. Department of Labor to Combat Unlawful Independent Contractor Misclassification

The Florida Department of Revenue is the latest state agency to sign a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Labor seeking to prevent employees from being misclassified as independent contractors (ICs). This...more

December 2014 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

SUPPLIER OF INSTALLATION SERVICES FOR LARGE SATELLITE TV COMPANY CANNOT DISMISS IC MISCLASSIFICATION CLAIM BY INSTALLER. A federal district court in Mississippi last month denied cross-motions for summary judgment in an FLSA...more

November 2014 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month’s headline developments are two independent contractor misclassification class action lawsuits: one was filed in New York against a Silicon Valley giant, Google Inc., and the second was filed in California against...more

October 2014 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

- TAX COURT DECISION REMINDS COMPANIES THAT “OFFICERS” ARE STATUTORY EMPLOYEES AND THEREFORE CANNOT BE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. The United States Tax Court held that a company that was engaged in the buying, reconditioning,...more

September 2014 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month’s headline developments are the crescendo of cases finding against FedEx Ground’s classification of drivers as independent contractors. On the heels of last month’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

FedEx Hit with Avalanche of Independent Contractor Misclassification Rulings

In the past week, the Supreme Court of Kansas and the National Labor Relations Board have issued lengthy, comprehensive opinions finding that FedEx misclassified its Home Delivery and Ground Division drivers as independent...more

New California Law Imposes Costly Risks to Companies Using Independent Contractors Supplied by Staffing and Recruiting Firms – But...

On September 28, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed a bill that puts a potentially enormous liability risk on companies that use workers supplied by “labor contractors” that fail to pay all wages due the workers....more

1099ers Exposing Startups, Private Equity Firms to Costly Liability

A recent online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley startup tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax and benefit law...more

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