Business owners are required to withhold, account for, and remit amounts withheld from employees’ paychecks. Failure to do so can result in serious consequences, as demonstrated by the recent case of Jonas Purisch, a Maryland man who was sentenced to three years in prison for not paying over employment taxes to the IRS on behalf of his company's employees. If you have failed to abide by federal employment tax laws, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced tax defense attorney to discuss your next steps.
According to court documents, Purisch operated two employee staffing companies, Titan Staffing Network and Titan Services, which provided workers for third-party manufacturing businesses in Maryland. As the owner and operator of these companies, Purisch was responsible for withholding and paying over to the IRS employment taxes on behalf of their employees. Between March 2018 and March 2021, he withheld more than $2 million in such taxes but did not pay them to the IRS.
Purisch was previously convicted in 2013 of filing a false individual income tax return and willful failure to file a tax return, for which he received a sentence of three months in prison. In addition to his prison sentence, he was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay approximately $3.4 million in restitution to the United States.
This case serves as a reminder of the importance of understanding and following employment tax laws. If you are a business owner and have questions about employment taxes or are facing legal issues related to these taxes, it may be helpful to seek the assistance of a skilled employment tax defense law firm. The tax and accounting professionals at the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing will provide guidance and representation to help you navigate the complex world of employment taxes and protect your rights. Don't take unnecessary risks with your business – make sure you have the knowledge and resources you need to properly handle employment taxes.
Regardless of your business or estate needs, the professionals at the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing are here for you. We are open for business and our team will help ensure that your business is too. Contact the Law Offices of David W. Klasing today to discuss your business with one of our professionals.
In addition to our main office in Irvine, the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing has unstaffed (conference room only) satellite offices in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Panorama City, Oxnard, San Diego, Bakersfield, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Carlsbad and Sacramento.
Our office technology allows clients to meet virtually via GoToMeeting. With end-to-end encryption, strong passwords, and top-rated reliability, no one is messing with your meeting. To schedule a reduced rate initial consultation via GoToMeeting follow this link. Call our office and request a GoToMeeting if you are an existing client.