Starting Feb. 1, the IRS will begin intensive audits looking into employment tax compliance of 6,000 randomly selected employers. The audit project, which was quietly announced by the IRS in October, is the tax agency's "most significant audit initiative in decades," according to a report by the Morgan Lewis law firm.
These National Research Program (NRP) audits will generate the IRS’ first statistical snapshot of employment tax compliance since 1984. According to Morgan Lewis, the audits are expected to initially focus on the following four areas before expanding to other issues:
1. Worker classification / independent contractors. The focus will include traditional misclassification of employees as independent contractors (IC) and exclusion of misclassified workers from benefits, as well as possible focus on three-party relationships, W-2 vendors and staff leasing relationships.
2. Executive compensation. The IRS will a...(register to read more)
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- 10 Secrets to an Effective Performance Review
- Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies
- Book deductions for local lodging expenses
- Take off pounds—together
- Expectant and new moms get help from co-worker 'buddies'
- Know what really counts as whistle-blowing