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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.


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Payroll tax fraud is the intentional misrepresentation or reporting of false or inaccurate wage income information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Payroll tax fraud is also characterized as tax evasion, due to the reporting party’s effort to evade paying the appropriate tax amount. Payroll tax fraud can be committed by either an employee or an employer. The allegation of tax fraud is very serious and the consequences of being found guilty of the same can range in severity from penalties and fines, to criminal charges and incarceration. If you are involved in a situation pertaining to payroll tax fraud it is imperative that you speak an attorney who is experienced in this area of law, as soon as possible. Here, are a few examples of payroll tax fraud, and what to do if you are confronted with this legal issue.

1. Payroll Fraud Committed by Employees
Employees have been accused of committing payroll fraud by altering payroll records for their own benefit or for the benefit of another employee. In other instances, payroll managers and other employees in charge of payroll have been accused of creating false employees for the business they work for in order to receive the fake employees wage earnings. Although there are far more examples of payroll fraud schemes occurring in the work place, it is important to know that the allegation of payroll fraud is very serious and should be considered so in your determination whether you need legal representation.

2. Payroll Fraud Committed by Employers
Employers also find themselves on the wrong side of allegations regarding payroll fraud. For example, it has been alleged that employers have filed false payroll tax returns, or have filed false or inaccurate W-2 statements for their employee(s) in an effort to evade paying appropriate taxes. The impact of an allegation of fraud for any business can be detrimental both to the business reputation, and to the business financially given the potentially severe consequences of being found guilty of payroll tax fraud.

3. Speak with a Lawyer
Whether you’re an employer or an employee involved in allegations of payroll fraud, it is prudent that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. In consulting with an attorney, you can determine if your issues require legal representation. If so, your attorney can immediately take measures to protect your interests and rights. Although there are many general practice attorneys who can represent you in court on allegations of fraud, there are many challenges to a case involving payroll fraud. Therefore, it is important to consult with and retain an attorney or law firm that is specifically experienced in this area of law and litigation.

4. Gather Evidence and Information Relevant to Your Claim
Once you have retained legal counsel, it is imperative that you and your attorney work together to obtain all relevant documents and information necessary to support your position or allegations. Having all of the information and evidence compiled in the early stages of litigation or settlement discussions, is extremely important. Not only does it give your attorney the confidence he or she needs to represent your claim effectively, it also gives your attorney the possible leverage he or she needs to steer the other side into settlement rather than protracted litigation.

5. Next Steps
If you and your attorney are unable to gain the other sides cooperation in settling the matter outside of court proceedings, than you and your attorney can discuss the next steps necessary in order to resolve the issue most effectively. If criminal fraud charges have been filed in your case your lawyer can speak with the district attorney and Judge directly on your behalf.

Dealing with your current or former employer, or your current or former employee, regarding payroll tax fraud allegations can be a daunting task. Matters are further complicated if the district attorney has filed criminal charges. In either situation your best option is to have an experienced payroll tax attorney on your side.

Payroll tax fraud is more common than you think. It does not necessarily always involve an intentionally criminal act in order to violate the tax laws. The Employment Development Department (EDD) is responsible for identifying payroll tax fraud and typically acts very swiftly when it finds about about potential fraud. This can happen just by mistakenly providing the wrong employee information to the EDD or not providing enough information about an employee. If there is a misunderstanding between your payroll department and the EDD, this can be something that is rectified with the EDD, but it is much easier to handle with a skilled attorney negotiating on your behalf. The worst thing you can do is ignore a notification from the EDD that your business is under investigation for payroll tax fraud because it could lead to very serious consequences down the line.

Some businesses attempt to hire employees “under the table” to avoid responsibility for payroll taxes. Instead of paying those employees in the traditional sense, businesses will use a cash system to try to avoid detection by the EDD. Another way that businesses get in trouble with the EDD is by improperly classifying employees as independent contractors so that they do not have to pay payroll taxes for them. If an employee is working for a business on a regular basis, he or she is not truly an independent contractor. The classification of regular employees as independent contractors is an issue that spans many different industries. Small businesses often think that they can more easily skirt the line on this issue because the size of their payroll is not large enough to catch the government’s attention. This is not a good approach to take when it comes to managing your business’s payroll because it can land you in a world of hurt very fast.

If you receive notice that your business is under investigation by the EDD, you should act quickly to hire an experienced payroll tax fraud lawyer to help you navigate through this scary and intimidating process. You could be subjected to search warrants and surveillance if the EDD investigation is based on suspicion of criminal activity. This is not something that you want to face without the support and advice of a talented lawyer on your side. Even if you had no intention of doing anything criminal, your business could be exposed to heightened scrutiny from the government just by being flagged for potential payroll tax fraud. This can lead to negative press and is a risky situation for any business to find itself in.

When it comes to choosing a lawyer to defend your business in a payroll tax fraud investigation, you should make sure that your attorney has experience in this area of law and can point to other business clients who have received favorable outcomes. A lawyer should be able to negotiate a more favorable settlement on behalf of your business with the EDD. Even if you end up having to pay out of pocket for payroll taxes owed, you may get a much better deal with the government by relying on the representation of an experienced attorney.

Even though finding out that you may have an issue with payroll tax fraud can be daunting at first, responding to the investigation quickly and in a way that will not harm your business in the future is within your control. Consulting with a trusted payroll tax fraud lawyer is the first important step you can take in making this problem a thing of the past. Make the decision today to do something about your payroll tax fraud problem so that your business can continue to prosper.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



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