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New York Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Payroll Tax Violations, Faces Prison Time

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According to a Department of Justice press release, a New York City staffing company owner recently pleaded guilty to violating payroll tax crimes after failing to account for, or pay over withheld amounts from employees’ paychecks, as required by law. If you have failed to strictly comply with federal payroll tax laws, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax defense attorney to determine your potential exposure and determine a strategy to bring you into compliance.

Defendant Admitted To Pocketing Approximately $292,000 of Withheld Payroll Taxes

Court records reveal that Steven Heppenheimer, 73, was the owner and operator of PTP Staffing Associates and PPS Associates Inc., temporary staffing businesses operating in the New York City area. Between 2013 and 2017, the defendant withheld payroll taxes from employees’ paychecks, as required by law. But when it came time to account for the amounts that he withheld and pay them over to the IRS, he failed to do so. The defendant was accused and pleaded guilty to failing to pay over approximately $292,000 in payroll taxes.

A date for sentencing has not yet been set. Heppenheimer faces up to five years in federal prison. Additionally, Heppenheimer may be ordered to serve a period of supervised release, to commence upon the completion of any term of physical imprisonment. Finally, the defendant will likely be ordered to pay restitution, representing the total amount of tax loss caused.

Coming Into Payroll Tax Compliance After Falling Behind

Employers are required to withhold, account for, and remit payroll taxes from the paychecks of their employees. Deductions from the paychecks of American workers serve as the largest single source of tax revenue for the IRS. Thus, it should be no surprise that the IRS and the Department of Justice take violations of laws surrounding payroll tax withholding, accounting, and remittance incredibly seriously.

If you have failed to file a business or individual income tax return for one or more years, have filed a tax return containing information that was knowingly false, or have failed to meet your payroll tax obligations, you should seek assistance from an experienced tax defense attorney. Working together, you will establish the critical facts of your case. Then, you will mutually agree on the next steps to bring you into tax compliance while attempting to minimize civil and criminal repercussions commonly observed in serious tax disputes.

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