Providing Legal Guidance For EDD Employment Tax Audits

Most audits by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) audit examine whether individuals who have been classified as independent contractors are really employees. This analysis involves several different factors and can lead to disastrous results for the underlying company should a determination be made that the workers should be reclassified. There are a number of strategies to consider when defending this type of audit.

Personal Attention And Custom-Tailored EDD Audit Representation

At the Law Offices of Robert T. Leonard, we understand that EDD audits can have serious implications for you and your company. Accordingly, we provide you with direct attention from an experienced lawyer who will give you the sound advice and potent legal strategies that these matters require. At your first consultation, you will meet with attorney Rob Leonard, and you will continue to work with him until the conclusion of your EDD audit. You will never be passed off to a less-experienced associate or non-lawyer advocate. Mr. Leonard will personally counsel you about all issues relevant to your case, including:

  • In the case of an unfavorable audit result, whether an appeal of the EDD's audit is in your best interests.
  • How a worker's classification as an employee versus independent contractor can affect your business' tax liability.

He can also review current independent contractor agreements and assist with the preparation of independent contractor agreements.

EDD Audits And The IRS

At the conclusion of an EDD audit, your audit information is sometimes made available to the IRS. This can trigger an additional audit and further tax consequences, so it is imperative to retain the services of an attorney who is adept at resolving both state and federal tax controversies.

Contact Us For A Free, Confidential Consultation

If you have received an audit notice from the EDD, let us help you understand what you can expect during the audit and provide you with information about all of the options available to you. Call 818-224-7935 or 888-408-9486 (toll free), or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. From our Woodland Hills office, we serve clients in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles, as well as throughout the rest of California and the United States.