Employment Tax Obligations & Criminal Tax Enforcement



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Credit Details
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Specialty Area:
Taxation Law
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Original Air Date:
November 1, 2022
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About the Program

On August 30, 2022, the US Department of Justice issued a press release reiterating that civil and criminal employment tax enforcement is among the Tax Division?s highest priorities. The IRS and DoJ have stepped up criminal enforcement against employers who fail to meet their employment tax obligations. This program will review employment tax obligations, the Trust Fund Recover Penalty which comprises employers? personal liabilities for their failure to collect and pay over wages withheld from their employees and their employees? share of employment tax ? and criminal tax liability for employment tax failures.

Meet the Speakers
Gary Slavett


Principal and Founder Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin

Gary M. Slavett has been a California licensed attorney since 1996 and has over 20 years of experience in the practice of tax law. Gary’s practice focuses on tax controversy matters including issues related to Foreign Bank Accounts & FBAR penalties, criminal tax defense, tax litigation, tax audit representation, and tax administrative appeals. Gary also handles matters related to the Bank Secrecy Act and Administrative and Civil Forfeitures. Gary frequently represents his clients before the United States Tax Court, U.S. District Court, Internal Revenue Service, United States Attorneys Office, California Franchise Tax Board, State Board of Equalization, and the Employment Development Department. Gary was a Senior Trial Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel. As an IRS attorney, Gary represented the IRS in U.S. Tax Court and provided legal advice to IRS personnel. After leaving the IRS, Gary joined Deloitte & Touche’s Tax Controversy Group in Los Angeles. At Deloitte, Gary represented Deloitte’s clients before the IRS and state taxing authorities. Clients included Fortune 500 companies from the banking, healthcare, and toy industries, a professional sports team, a popular television personality, and regional real estate and construction firms.

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Michele F.L. Weiss


Senior Counsel Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, APLC (Moderator)

Michele Leichtman Weiss is a Principal at Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin. She has over 20 years of experience in tax controversy and litigation matters. Michele helps her clients resolve their civil and criminal tax matters. She represents her clients in all aspects of tax controversy, in examinations, appeals and collection matters, at the administrative level and in litigation with federal, state and local tax authorities including the IRS, FTB, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA), EDD, Board of Equalization, Office of Tax Appeals (OTA), the County Assessor and LA City Finance Office. Michele has expertise in many substantive and procedural tax issues including tax penalty abatement, conservation easement deductions, offshore disclosure matters, employment tax matters, sales tax audits, research and development credits, collection due process and non-profit matters. Michele handles property tax matters in all California counties including special assessments, escape assessments, change in ownership issues and property tax appeal representation.

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