November 2018

Meals & Entertainment: The new law eliminates the deduction for expenses related to entertainment, amusement or recreation. Taxpayers can continue to deduct 50% of the cost of business meals if the taxpayer or an employee of the taxpayer is present and other conditions are met. The meals may be provided to a current or potential business customer, client, consultant or similar business contact.


Qualified Transportation: The new law disallows deductions for expenses associated with transportation fringe benefits or expenses incurred providing transportation for commuting. There’s an exception when the transportation expenses are necessary for employee safety.


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The former Chief Financial Officer pleaded guilty to willfully failing to pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.  According to court documents, from 2010 to 2016, John Herzer was the CFO of AXO Staff Leasing (AXO), a professional employer organization.  Herzer handled all of the company’s finances and had final authority over which creditors to pay and when to pay them. Herzer was also responsible for collecting and paying to the IRS taxes withheld from AXO’s employees’ wages.  Despite this obligation, Herzer did not pay to the IRS AXO’s employment tax withholdings and instead used more than $4.9 million of those funds for his own benefit including paying personal expenses and transferring millions of dollars to his own bank accounts.  In total, Herzer’s fraudulent conduct caused a tax loss to the IRS of more than $13 million. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled. Herzer faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, as well as a term of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Robert Kemins and David Zisserson, who prosecuted the case.  Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman also thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas (Austin Division) for their substantial assistance. Selig & Associates Aggressive New York City Tax Advocates We Solve IRS and New York State Tax Problems, Guaranteed. Specializing in Income, Payroll and Sales Tax Issues. IRS Audits, Sales Tax Audits, Unpaid Payroll Taxes, Trust Fund Penalties, Criminal Tax Investigations and Tax Crimes, Installment Agreements and Payment Plans, Offers in Compromise and most other Tax Matters. For a Legally Privileged Consultation with a Federal Tax Practitioner and Licensed Attorney Call (212) 974-3435 or Contact Us Online. 

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