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Williams Parker Represents Taxpayers in Settling $16,000,000 Payroll Tax Audit

Williams Parker shareholder Mike Wilson recently led a Williams Parker team in the representation of several affiliated taxpayers that were under a combined audit by the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) in connection with the taxpayers’ treatment of several thousand workers as partners, instead of as employees or independent contractors, for payroll tax purposes over multiple years. By characterizing their workers as partners, the taxpayers’ took the position that the workers’ compensation was not reportable on Form W-2 or subject to withholding or payroll tax obligations. Instead, the compensation was a guaranteed payment, reportable on the workers’ Schedule K-1, and subject to self-employment tax to be paid by the workers. Not surprisingly, the Service took a very aggressive position regarding the classification of the workers as partners, arguing they were properly characterized as employees. With an exposure for the taxpayers of approximately $16,000,000 of tax, interest, and penalties, Williams Parker was able to settle the four-year dispute with the Service for approximately 12 percent of such amount.

Williams Parker settles $3 Million Tax Court Litigation on Behalf of Client

Williams Parker acted as tax counsel for a client in connection with a $3 million income tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service. The dispute involved the proper allocation of income among entities in a multi-entity corporate structure where some of the entities were C corporations and others were pass-through entities. Williams Parker partner Mike Wilson handled the Tax Court litigation on behalf of the client, and was able to settle the dispute with the IRS Chief Counsel’s office for $0.00 – a complete victory for the client.

Michael J. Wilson
mwilson@williamsparker.com
941-536-2043