Lisa B. Petkun

Lisa B. Petkun

Pepper Hamilton LLP

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Congress Re-Introduces Independent Contractor Misclassification Law

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) announced on November 12, 2013 that he had introduced a bill called the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2013 at a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety. The bill is yet...more

11/18/2013 - Compliance Employer Liability Issues Fraud Independent Contractors Misclassification

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Government’s Appeal Of Sixth Circuit’s Ruling In U.S. v. Quality Stores That SUB Payments Are...

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the federal government’s appeal of the Sixth Circuit’s decision in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc. (In re Quality Stores, Inc.), 693 F.3d 605 (6th Cir. 2012),...more

10/3/2013 - FICA Taxes Quality Stores SCOTUS SUB Payments Wages

Challenges To Deducting Settlement Payments Under The False Claims Act: Fresenius Sheds Light On The Burden

Whether a business may deduct litigation settlement payments can have a substantial real dollar impact on the business. In the midst of combating potential litigation, companies rarely first focus on the potential tax impact...more

9/25/2013 - Deductions False Claims Act Fresenius IRS Settlement Tax Planning

Purely Public Charity In Pennsylvania? Retirement Home Fails Tests In Dunwoody

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently upheld a decision that denied a property tax exemption to a continuing care retirement community in Dunwoody Village, Inc., 52 A. 3d 408 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2012)....more

7/17/2013 - Charitable Organizations Continuing Care Retirement Communities Exempt Organizations Retirement Tax Exemptions

Federal Appeals Court Holds That Supplemental Unemployment Compensation Benefits Are Not ‘Wages’ Subject To FICA Taxation,...

In an important recent decision, United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., et al., Case No. 01-1563, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 18820 (6th Cir. Sept. 7, 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that supplemental...more

4/15/2013 - FICA Taxes IRS Quality Stores Tax Liability Unemployment Benefits Unemployment Compensation System Wages

Changes In The IRS Independent Contractor Classification Program

In September 2011 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a new voluntary relief program for worker status termed the voluntary classification settlement program (VCSP). Announcement 2011-64, 2011-41, I.R.B. 503. On...more

3/29/2013 - Independent Contractors IRS Misclassification VCSP

Hidden Due Diligence Risk In Mergers, Acquisitions And Investments: Independent Contractor Misclassification Oftentimes Overlooked...

Many due diligence reviews in mergers, acquisitions and investments have ignored the issue of independent contractor (IC) misclassification liability. This is a difficult exposure to identify unless the legal team digs below...more

1/9/2013 - Acquisitions Due Diligence Hedge Funds Independent Contractors Investment Firms Misclassification Private Equity

New Misclassification Bill Introduced In Congress: The Independent Contractor Tax Fairness And Simplification Act Of 2012 Seeks To...

Yesterday, December 12, 2012, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) introduced a bill that bears many similarities to a bill introduced earlier this year by 33 Democrats. The Independent Contractor Tax Fairness and Simplification Act...more

12/14/2012 - Fair Playing Field Act Independent Contractor Tax Fairness and Simplification Act Independent Contractors Misclassification Safe Harbors

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