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Employment tax audits are a common occurrence for many businesses. Equip yourself with the knowledge that will be crucial to a successful defense.

2 CPE for EA, CRTP

$52 for Members and $64 for Nonmembers

Includes webinar recording and PowerPoint presentation. CPE is issued after exam is successfully completed.

Employment tax compliance is and will continue to be an area of focus for the IRS. Back taxes and penalties owed for noncompliance can be severe. The IRS is completing a three-year study on employment tax compliance through its National Research Program audits, which have focused on four issues: proper worker classification, fringe benefits, executive compensation and reimbursed expenses. The IRS is also expanding income tax audits on businesses to include employment tax compliance audits.

This CPE will explore how the IRS conducts employment tax audits, including the following information:

  • Files that will be requested
  • Audit procedures
  • Criteria used to evaluate worker status
  • Additional taxes and penalties proposed in an employment tax audit
  • Effective defenses for worker classification
  • When an income tax audit also becomes an employment tax audit

Fortunately, the IRS has settlement programs for potentially costly worker classification issues. This CPE will explore these programs and help you determine whether they are a viable alternative for your clients.

Upon the completion of this on-demand webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain IRS procedures and common issues in employment tax audits.
  • Prepare for an employment tax audit for your client.
  • Evaluate your client's exposure in an employment tax audit for worker reclassification.
  • Apply the rules for IRS settlement programs related to worker status.
  • Explore IRS package audit procedures in income tax examinations and how to prevent an income tax audit from becoming an employment tax audit.

Presented by: James Buttonow, CPA
Jim Buttonow, CPA, CITP, is a 20-year IRS veteran and a leading expert on IRS practice and procedure. While with the agency, Jim led multifunctional teams across the U.S. in the areas of examination, collection, filing and appeals. After leaving the IRS, Jim worked to represent hundreds of taxpayers before the IRS.

Today, Jim is cofounder and vice president of New River Innovation, where he is chief architect of Beyond415®, the Web-based system for IRS practice and procedure. Jim regularly speaks on compliance trends and post-filing practice efficiency strategies for CPA and accounting firms, and his education-based articles have appeared in the Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Today and various state CPA society magazines. In 2012, Accounting Today named Jim one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.   

CPE Sponsor Information

Duration: 100 minutes
Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: General knowledge and understanding of IRS audits
Advanced Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Self-Study

 

CPE CreditsDesignationField of Study
IRS2EAFederal Tax Law Topic
NASBA0CPAN/A
CTEC2CRTPFederal Tax Law Topic
CFP Board0CFP®N/A

For IRS purposes, there is no competency test or mandatory continuing education for other tax return preparers, but this category of tax preparer may take continuing education voluntarily.

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