Employee Vs. Independent Contractors

Increased IRS Scrutiny Of Business Practices

Business owners often treat workers as independent contractors (rather than employees) to save money on withholding taxes and paying employee benefits. The IRS has identified this practice as one of the most important structures that it must address for potential abuse.

Consequently, resources have been added to the IRS ranks, including revenue agents trained exclusively in this area, that have selected numerous companies for payroll audits. Sometimes the workers are properly classified as independent contractors; other times the business owner has an objective of avoiding payroll taxes and other employee benefits.

The Proactive, Experienced Counsel Your Business Needs

At the Law Offices of Robert T. Leonard, we serve the needs of clients in California and across the nation when they find themselves in the crosshairs of audits that are a part of the IRS's employment tax initiative. Focused solely in the field of tax controversies and tax litigation, we provide our clients with the sophisticated, custom-tailored solutions necessary to resolve all issues related to employee versus independent contractor classification and other business tax matters.

We advise clients on the tax implications of hiring an employee rather than an independent contractor, negotiate with the IRS on our clients' behalf, and provide the exceptional representation that clients need to obtain successful outcomes in IRS audits and appeals.

Attorney and CPA Rob Leonard will personally work with you during the course of your case. He will help you understand the implications of factors that determine employee versus independent contractor classification, including the behavioral, financial and relationship-related facts relevant to your specific situation.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation With A Lawyer

Call 818-224-7935 or 888-408-9486 (toll free) to arrange a consultation with Mr. Leonard. We are based in Woodland Hills and proudly serve clients in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and other communities across the country.