Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin tax attorney and partner, Gary Slavett, will be a speaker at the American Bar Association Tax Section 2019 Midyear Tax Meeting, which will be held in New Orleans on January 17-19, 2019. Gary will be a speaker on the panel, “Employment Tax Litigation.”

More than one-third of the country’s workers participate in the gig economy. The gig economy also called the “sharing economy,” is the environment where workers engage in temporary jobs fueled by smartphone apps and online platforms. The trend has led to an increase in employment tax controversies because many employers treat gig economy workers as independent contractors, as opposed to employees. The tax stakes are high because employers must pay a share of payroll taxes for workers while providing them with the fringe benefits traditionally offered to employees. The gig economy raises other tax issues, including the deductions that can be claimed by taxpayers who hold these jobs.

This panel will review the life-cycle of an employment tax case from to the SS-8 Program through the Tax Court trial, including settlement programs offered by the IRS to employers and employees and unexpected twists resulting from identity theft and immigration laws that affect worker classification.

To learn more about the ABA Tax Section 2019 Midyear Tax Meeting, click here.

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