Tax Considerations for Employers When Drafting Settlement Agreements

Joshua P. Katz
Joshua P. Katz | Higgs Fletcher & Mack® LLP

Mr. Katz practice focuses on effectively and efficiently handling tax controversy matters, which include audits, appeals, tax liens, levies, installment agreements and offers in compromise.

Live Video-Broadcast: February 23, 2023

Tax Considerations for Employers When Drafting Settlement Agreements

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Program Summary

Join Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s Joshua Katz as he addresses some tax considerations that employers need to keep in mind when drafting settlement agreements. The webinar will delve into why it matters, hidden issues and other considerations, and examples.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Why this matters (Origin of Claim)
  • When should you be thinking about this
  • Reporting obligations
  • Deductibility
  • Hidden issues and examples of interesting situations
  • Drafting and other considerations

Date / Time: February 23, 2023

  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Joshua P. Katz_ Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP._FedBarJoshua P. Katz | Higgs Fletcher & Mack® LLP

Mr. Katz is a tax law attorney licensed in California and with the U.S. Tax Court. Mr. Katz practice focuses on effectively and efficiently handling tax controversy matters, which include audits, appeals, tax liens, levies, installment agreements and offers in compromise. He also assists clients with corporate and LLC issues, from formation to dissolution.

Mr. Katz represents both corporate and individual tax clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the California Franchise Tax Board, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, and other state taxing authorities on every type of tax issue, including income, sales, payroll, property and excise taxes.

Notable results include:

  • Convincing the FTB to fully concede more than $1 million in proposed income taxes stemming from a residency audit.
  • Obtaining a favorable settlement with the IRS involving alleged retirement account prohibited transactions, preventing termination of taxpayers’ retirement accounts as well as the imposition of over $3 million in taxes and penalties.
  • Defending entrepreneurs from an FTB claim for over $2 million in proposed taxes based on multi-state tax law, resulting in nothing owed to the State.
  • Navigating taxpayers with undisclosed foreign assets and accounts through the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (“OVDP”), Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures, and other avenues for getting into compliance.
  • Successfully defending employers from employee-classification audits.
  • Obtaining innocent spouse and equitable relief for several taxpayers who had outstanding tax debts resulting from the misdeeds of their spouses.

Mr. Katz was selected to the 2021 and 2022 Best Lawyers in America© “Ones to Watch” list, recognizing lawyers who have been in private practice between five and ten years. This award highlights the most promising younger lawyers in the country.

Prior to joining HFM, Mr. Katz practiced civil and criminal law in the San Francisco Bay area. He interned for the San Francisco District Attorney Pre-trial Division and the San Diego County District Attorney Economic Crimes Division and Lifer Hearing Unit. In 2018 and 2019, he was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Agenda

I. Introduction | 2:00pm – 2:05pm

II. Why this matters (Origin of Claim) | 2:05pm – 2:15pm

III. When should you be thinking about this | 2:15pm – 2:20pm

IV. Reporting obligations | 2:20pm – 2:25pm

V. Deductibility | 2:25pm – 2:35pm

VI. Hidden issues and examples of interesting situations | 2:35pm – 2:45pm

VII. Drafting and other considerations | 2:45pm – 2:55pm

VIII. Q & A | 2:55pm – 3:00pm