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Specializing in Workers Compensation Audits, Payroll, Sales and Income Tax representation for Businesses, Individuals, Restaurants and Construction Companies. Civil and Criminal Workers Comp Audit representation includes: NYSIF Examinations, Premium Disputes, Employee Misclassification, Underreporting, Unreported Income, and Failure to Keep Accurate Payroll Records.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Understanding Workers' Compensation Insurance



Workers' Compensation Insurance and Disability Insurance are required by New York State if you have any employees. Workers' compensation covers employees for loss of income and medical expenses through job related accidents, while disability insurance covers them for loss of income if they become disabled off the job. 

Selig & Associates is a Tax Representation and Insurance Claims settlement firm in New York City. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday. To schedule a legally privileged consultation call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. 

We successfully resolve most Civil and Criminal tax problems including suspended Passports and Drivers Licenses. We specialize in unpaid income, sales and payroll taxes and provide practical solutions to difficult tax problems. For example, we negotiate affordable payment plans, and if you have missing or unfiled tax returns, we can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours guaranteed. For immediate assistance call (212) 974-3435 now. 

Is your Insurance Company treating you unfairly?  Have they offered you substantially less than your claim is worth? If the answer is yes, then call us directly. We successfully settle most first-party insurance claims without ever having to go to court. Commercial and residential insurance representation includes: Environmental Damage, Mold Removal, Remediation & Restoration claims, Fire, Business Interruption, Burglary, Vandalism, Windstorm and Water Damage. To consult with us personally call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. 

Our mission is to determine and achieve the desired outcome through transactional negotiations. We take a practical approach to problem solving and continuously evaluate the likelihood of success, the potential consequences, and the costs associated with taking, or failing to take a particular action. For additional information about our services call (212) 974-3435. 
   

Thursday, June 27, 2019

NEW YORK'S (shameful) 2016 FINANCIAL CONDITION REPORT




2016 FINANCIAL CONDITION REPORT

Public Welfare


Recipients of Public Assistance and Food Stamps
Enrollment in Public Assistance Increases Slightly for the First Time in Three Years
  • Family Assistance provides up to 60 months of cash assistance to eligible needy families; Safety Net Assistance provides cash or non-cash assistance to eligible single adults, childless couples, persons who have exceeded the 60-month limit on family assistance, children living apart from adult relatives and certain other individuals.
  • Public assistance enrollment in the State increased for the first time in three years, largely due to higher Safety Net Assistance (SNA) enrollment in New York City. Enrollment decreased in areas outside of New York City for the first time in eight years.
  • Compared to last year, the average monthly number of recipients of public assistance in:
    • New York State increased by 4,498 (0.8 percent) to 572,720;
    • New York City increased by 17,509 (5.2 percent) to 356,350; and
    • areas outside New York City decreased by 13,011 (5.7 percent) to 216,370.
  • Overall Family Assistance (FA) enrollment decreased by 3.0 percent for the second consecutive year, while overall SNA enrollment increased for the second consecutive year, but at a rate—3.8 percent—that was nearly four times higher than in State Fiscal Year 2014-15. Enrollment in FA and SNA increased in New York City, but decreased in areas outside of New York City. SNA is largely funded by the State and the counties, while FA is funded by the federal government.
Public Assistance Expenditures by Source
Spending for Public Assistance Continues to Increase, But at a Slower Rate
  • For the fourth consecutive year, public assistance spending increased, but by less than 1 percent and mainly because of an increase in SNA expenditures in New York City. The increase in public assistance expenditures continues the program’s recent spending growth, but it is occurring at a slower rate than in any of the last three years.
  • Compared to last year, public assistance expenditures in:
    • New York State increased by $4.3 million (0.2 percent) to $2.24 billion;
    • New York City increased by $50.3 million (3.8 percent) to $1.39 billion; and
    • areas outside New York City decreased by $46.0 million (5.1 percent) to $848.0 million.
  • SNA expenditures increased while FA expenditures decreased. For New York City, higher SNA expenditures more than offset lower FA expenditures. SNA expenditures accounted for 64.3 percent of total public assistance spending.
  • Compared to last year, SNA expenditures in:
    • New York State increased by $36.7 million (2.6 percent) to $1.44 billion;
    • New York City increased by $54.6 million (6.0 percent) to $968.8 million; and
    • areas outside New York City decreased by $17.8 million (3.6 percent) to $472.3 million.
  • Compared to last year, FA expenditures in:
    • New York State decreased by $32.4 million (3.9 percent) to $799.4 million;
    • New York City decreased by $4.3 million (1.0 percent) to $423.7 million; and
    • areas outside New York City decreased by $28.2 million (7.0 percent) to $375.7 million.
  • Child Care Block Grant subsidies for low-income families transitioning from public assistance increased by $33.3 million (3.4 percent) to $1.01 billion. These subsidies are financed by a combination of federal, State and local sources.
Child Care Block Grant (CCBG) Annual Commitments
SNAP Enrollment Decreases for Second Consecutive Year; Spending Decreases for Third Straight Year
  • Enrollment in the State’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) decreased for the second consecutive year, following more than a decade of steady growth. SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is funded by the federal government.
  • Compared to last year, the average monthly number of recipients of SNAP in:
    • New York State decreased by 73,197 (2.4 percent) to 3.0 million;
    • New York City decreased by 47,542 (2.7 percent) to 1.69 million; and
    • areas outside New York City decreased by 25,655 (1.9 percent) to 1.31 million.
  • Expenditures for SNAP decreased for the third consecutive year.
  • Compared to last year, SNAP expenditures in:
    • New York State decreased by $110.6 million (2.2 percent) to $5.0 billion;
    • New York City decreased by $68.8 million (2.3 percent) to $2.97 billion; and
    • areas outside New York City decreased by $41.8 million (2.0 percent) to $2.04 billion.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

New Yorker Charged with Possessing 8,300 Untaxed Cigars




NYS Tax Department criminal investigators also seized cash and rolling supplies

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced the arrest on June 17, 2019, of a Buffalo man for allegedly possessing 8,299 untaxed cigars and 30 small boxes of tobacco-based wraps used to roll cigars. They also seized $795 in cash in the case. New York State Tax Department Criminal Investigations Division investigators arrested Mohamed A. Saleh, 40, of 454 E. Utica Street, Buffalo, and charged him with the crime of possessing more than 2,500 untaxed cigars. Additional charges are pending. Saleh was arrested after he allegedly attempted to make a delivery of untaxed cigars to a Buffalo deli. Investigators pursued the case after learning that Saleh would regularly travel to Pennsylvania to pick up a variety of tobacco products, which he then allegedly sold to various Buffalo delis in violation of the law. Saleh is not registered in New York State as a distributor of tobacco products. “Those who evade our cigarette and tobacco products tax deprive communities and the state of revenue needed for vital services and put honest businesses at a competitive disadvantage,” said New York State Executive Deputy Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Andrew Morris. “We’ll continue to work with all our law enforcement partners to bring tax criminals to justice, and thank the Erie County District Attorney for prosecuting this case.” Saleh is scheduled to appear in Erie County Court on July 15, 2019. A criminal complaint is only an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Selig & Associates We are a boutique Tax Representation and Insurance Advocacy Firm in New York City. Our offices are conveniently located and easily accessible by car, subway or train. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. To schedule a legally privileged consultation call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is absolutely Free.

Tax Representation Our Tax Advocates are experienced, effective and results driven. Representing individuals and businesses before the IRS and State. We successfully resolve most Civil and Criminal tax problems including suspended Passports and Drivers Licenses. We specialize in unpaid income, sales and payroll taxes and provide practical solutions to difficult tax problems. For example, we negotiate affordable payment plans, and if you have missing or unfiled tax returns, we can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. For immediate assistance call (212) 974-3435 now. 

Insurance Claims Is your Insurance Company treating you unfairly?  Have they offered you substantially less than your claim is worth? If the answer is yes, then call us directly. We successfully settle most first-party insurance claims without ever having to go to court. Commercial and residential insurance representation includes: Environmental Damage, Fire, Business Interruption, Burglary, Vandalism, Windstorm and Water Damage. To consult with David Selig, CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney Bradley H. Dorin, call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. 

About Selig & Associates Our primary skill set is the ability to determine and achieve the desired outcome through transactional negotiations. We take a practical approach to problem solving and continuously evaluate the likelihood of success, the potential consequences, and the costs associated with taking, or failing to take a particular action. For additional information about our services call (212) 974-3435. 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Attorney Guilty of $2 Million Investment Fraud Pleads Guilty to Not Filing Tax Return


A former attorney recently convicted of securities fraud by a jury in the District of Columbia, pleaded guilty today to failure to file an income tax return and pay taxes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. Brynee Baylor pleaded guilty today to one count of willfully failing to timely file a 2010 individual income tax return and to pay taxes. She admitted to causing a tax loss of $79,000. On April 30, 2019, the jury convicted Baylor of one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, one count of securities fraud, and five counts of first-degree fraud under District of Columbia law. According to court documents and the evidence presented at trial, Baylor, a former partner in the D.C. law firm Baylor & Jackson PLLC, conspired with a Pennsylvania man and his company, known as the Milan Group, to recruit investors to a purported trading program. Investors were promised extremely large profits in a short time with little or no risk. In 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued Baylor and others for fraud in connection with the purported trading program. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 12.  Baylor faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison for the failure to file a tax return conviction, five years in prison for the conspiracy count, 20 years in prison for the securities fraud count, and 10 years in prison for each of the first-degree fraud counts. Baylor also faces a term of supervised release and monetary penalties. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman thanked the SEC for its invaluable assistance and commended special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorneys Jeffrey McLellan and Eric Powers of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.

Selig & Associates We are a boutique Tax Representation and Insurance Advocacy Firm in New York City. Our offices are conveniently located and easily accessible by car, subway or train. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. To schedule a legally privileged consultation with David Selig, Federal Tax Practitioner, CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney Bradley H. Dorin, call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is absolutely Free.

Tax Representation Our Tax Advocates are experienced, effective and results driven. Representing individuals and businesses before the IRS and State. We successfully resolve most Civil and Criminal tax problems including suspended Passports and Drivers Licenses. We specialize in unpaid income, sales and payroll taxes and provide practical solutions to difficult tax problems. For example, we negotiate affordable payment plans, and if you have missing or unfiled tax returns, we can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. For immediate assistance call (212) 974-3435 now. 

Insurance Claims Is your Insurance Company treating you unfairly?  Have they offered you substantially less than your claim is worth? If the answer is yes, then call us directly. We successfully settle most first-party insurance claims without ever having to go to court. Commercial and residential insurance representation includes: Environmental Damage, Fire, Business Interruption, Burglary, Vandalism, Windstorm and Water Damage. To consult with David Selig, CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney Bradley H. Dorin, call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. 

About Selig & Associates Our primary skillset is the ability to determine and achieve the desired outcome through transactional negotiations. We take a practical approach to problem solving and continuously evaluate the likelihood of success, the potential consequences, and the costs associated with taking, or failing to take a particular action. For additional information about our services call (212) 974-3435. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Exodus of Residents From Tax Hell States May Intensify


Another great article from James Murphy [an amazing freelance journalist] published in the New American 21 June 2019

High-tax states such as New York and California can expect more high-income residents to flee to lower tax states such as Texas or Florida, according to some experts. Punitive state and local taxes and changes to existing tax laws, most notably the new cap on deductions for state and local taxes — the so-called SALT deductions — are forcing residents of high-tax states to rethink where they wish to live. The new $10,000 dollar cap on SALT deductions, a part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by President Trump in December of 2017, will probably be a huge reason for the flight from tax hells. It’s already having an impact on some tax returns. And state workarounds that allowed taxpayers to make charitable donations to established state funds in order to earn credits have also been quashed by the Treasury Department. So tax loopholes are disappearing now as well. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the Treasury Department’s actions “diabolical.”“It took a few months for taxpayers to realize the dollar implications — until they actually filed their tax returns this year,” Alan Goldenberg of accounting firm Friedman LLP told Fox Business. “It quantified the impact of the loss of the SALT deduction when people saw it in front of their eyes on their tax return.” Goldenberg has already seen some clients relocate to more tax-friendly states. Typically, these are people with more than one home, whose profession does not require them to live in a certain location. So the cap on SALT deductions represents a de-facto tax increase for high earners in states such as New York and California. And states such as Texas, Florida, and Nevada — none of which have a state income tax — will likely see an influx of new, high-earning residents. Economists Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore have estimated that in the next three years, some 800,000 over-burdened taxpayers will leave New York and California. And it won’t only be California and New York, but other tax hells, such as Connecticut, New Jersey, and Minnesota, will see high-income residents move to spots more tax friendly. It’s not only individuals looking to move either. Businesses that are not location-specific are also looking to escape burdensome state income taxes. “In years to come, millions of people, thousands of businesses and tens of billions of dollars of net income will flee high-tax blue states for low-tax red states,” Laffer and Moore wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. While acknowledging that the exodus has been underway for some time now, Laffer and Moore believe that the cap on SALT deductions is going to intensify the money migration. According to Laffer and Moore, residents of California will see an increase in the effective income-rate [the income-tax rate that people actually pay] has risen from 8.5 percent to 13 percent. Wealthy New York City dwellers have seen their effective rate climb from 7.7 percent to 12.7 percent. Other states such as Connecticut and New Jersey have seen similar hikes. Those earning $10 million or more may see tax increases of 50 percent or more. Other economists disagree. Leftist Stanford University economist and sociologist Cristobal Young called Laffer and Moore’s assertions “pure nonsense.” Young cites his own study on the subject as proof of this. “There is no correlation between top tax state tax rate and the number (or rate) of millionaires in a state,” Young said. According to Young, the people most affected by the high taxes are “late-career working rich” who are less likely to move because they are “embedded in place for a host of social and economic reasons.” Perhaps, but some of the anecdotal evidence we already see is hard to dispute. Consider the case of Connecticut. After tax hikes signed by Governor Dan Malloy took effect, the state saw many of its wealthiest residents including Thomas Peterffy (worth $20 billion), C. Dean Metropoulos (worth $2 billion), Paul Tudor (worth $4 billion) and Edward Lampert (worth $3 billion) flee to Florida where there is no state income tax. Generally, people understand paying income tax. They may not like it, but they understand it. But as New York, California, and other high-tax states are finding out, there is a limit to which people and businesses can be pushed. When that limit is reached, people will go to states where they and their businesses are welcomed, rather than punished. By punishing their highest earners with absurdly high tax rates, these high tax states are shooting themselves in the foot.

 Selig & Associates We are a boutique Tax Representation and Insurance Advocacy Firm in New York City. Our offices are conveniently located and easily accessible by car, subway or train. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. To schedule a legally privileged consultation with David Selig, Federal Tax Practitioner, CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney Bradley H. Dorin, call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is absolutely Free.

Tax Representation Our Tax Advocates are experienced, effective and results driven. Representing individuals and businesses before the IRS and State. We successfully resolve most Civil and Criminal tax problems including suspended Passports and Drivers Licenses. We specialize in unpaid income, sales and payroll taxes and provide practical solutions to difficult tax problems. For example, we negotiate affordable payment plans, and if you have missing or unfiled tax returns, we can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. For immediate assistance call (212) 974-3435 now. 

Insurance Claims Is your Insurance Company treating you unfairly?  Have they offered you substantially less than your claim is worth? If the answer is yes, then call us directly. We successfully settle most first-party insurance claims without ever having to go to court. Commercial and residential insurance representation includes: Environmental Damage, Fire, Business Interruption, Burglary, Vandalism, Windstorm and Water Damage. To consult with David Selig, CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney Bradley H. Dorin, call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. 

About Selig & Associates Our primary skillset is the ability to determine and achieve the desired outcome through transactional negotiations. We take a practical approach to problem solving and continuously evaluate the likelihood of success, the potential consequences, and the costs associated with taking, or failing to take a particular action. For additional information about our services call (212) 974-3435. 

Friday, June 21, 2019

IRS Enforcement Action Against Offshore Depositors (a/k/a “Cheaters”) Continues with a Vengeance



The IRS says people involved in offshore tax avoidance should come in voluntarily and face the music. (IR-2019-43) Hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on the Internal Revenue Service’s “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for 2019, the agency said today. Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime, including offshore schemes. Many of these peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns or seek help with their taxes.Taxpayers should remain wary of offshore avoidance schemes. Following the IRS intensifying efforts on offshore issues in recent years, many taxpayers have already voluntarily disclosed their participation in these schemes. The IRS conducted thousands of offshore-related civil audits that resulted in the payment of tens of millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. The IRS has also pursued criminal charges leading to billions of dollars in criminal fines and restitution.“Offshore evasion remains a primary focal point of overall IRS enforcement efforts,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Our Criminal Investigation and civil enforcement teams work closely with the Justice Department in the international arena to ensure our nation’s tax laws are followed. Taxpayers considering hiding funds or assets offshore should think twice; the civil penalties and criminal sanctions can be severe.” Illegal scams like these can lead to significant penalties as well as interest and possible criminal prosecution. The IRS Criminal Investigation Division works closely with the Department of Justice to shut down scams and prosecute the criminals behind them.
Hiding income offshore
Over the years, numerous individuals have been identified as evading U.S. taxes by attempting to hide income in offshore banks, brokerage accounts or nominee entities. They then access the funds using debit cards, credit cards or wire transfers. Others have used foreign trusts, employee-leasing schemes, private annuities or insurance plans for the same purpose. The IRS uses information gained from its investigations to pursue taxpayers with undeclared accounts, as well as bankers and others suspected of helping clients hide their assets overseas. While there are legitimate reasons for maintaining financial accounts abroad, there are reporting requirements that need to be fulfilled. U.S. taxpayers who maintain such accounts and who do not comply with reporting requirements are breaking the law and risk significant fines, as well as the possibility of criminal prosecution. The IRS reminds taxpayers who have failed to properly report their offshore investments or pay tax on these investments’ income, to come forward.  Since the circumstances of taxpayers vary widely, the IRS offers several options for addressing the noncompliance.

Third-party reporting  

Under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the network of intergovernmental agreements between the U.S. and partner jurisdictions, automatic third-party account reporting continues. The IRS receives more information regarding potential non-compliance by U.S. persons because of the Department of Justice’s Swiss Bank Program. This information makes it less likely that offshore financial accounts will go unnoticed by the IRS. Penalties for failure to properly report offshore transactions can be severe. A summary of these potential penalties as well as a comparison of what must be reported on Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets, and the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) can be found on IRS.gov.

Selig & Associates We are a boutique Tax Representation and Insurance Advocacy Firm in New York City. Our offices are conveniently located and easily accessible by subway, car or train. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. To schedule a legally privileged consultation with a Federal Tax Practitioner, CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is absolutely Free.

Tax Representation Our Tax Advocates are experienced, effective and results driven. Representing individuals and businesses before the IRS and State. We successfully resolve most Civil and Criminal tax problems including suspended Passports and Drivers Licenses. We specialize in unpaid income, sales and payroll taxes and provide practical solutions to difficult tax problems. For example, we negotiate affordable payment plans, and if you have missing or unfiled tax returns, we can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. For immediate assistance call (212) 974-3435 now. 

Insurance Claims Is your Insurance Company treating you unfairly?  Have they offered you substantially less than your claim is worth? If the answer is yes, then call us directly. We successfully settle most first-party insurance claims without ever having to go to court. Commercial and residential insurance representation includes: Environmental Damage, Fire, Business Interruption, Burglary, Vandalism, Windstorm and Water Damage. To consult with a CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. 

About Selig & Associates Our primary skillset is the ability to determine and achieve the desired outcome through transactional negotiations. We take a practical approach to problem solving and continuously evaluate the likelihood of success, the potential consequences, and the costs associated with taking, or failing to take a particular action. For additional information about our services call (212) 974-3435. 

Concerning IRS Telephone Scams




Phone calls from criminals impersonating IRS agents remain an ongoing threat to taxpayers. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent years as con artists threaten taxpayers with police arrest, deportation and license revocation, among other things. (IR-2019-28).


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion (he should have hired SELIG & Associates)



The owner of a chiropractic business pleaded guilty to tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.  According to an indictment filed in June 2018, Richard Rogers, a Northborough, Massachusetts, chiropractor, operated his practice from his residence. Rogers was charged with evading his taxes from 2012 through 2016 by concealing his income from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through a variety of methods. Rogers encouraged his clients to pay in cash, used a nominee bank account to negotiate check payments when he was not paid in cash, paid creditors using postal money orders, and used credit card accounts opened with a fictitious social security number. Rogers also concealed the ownership of his residence by titling the property in the name of a trust. Rogers did not file federal tax returns from at least 2008 through 2016, despite his obligation to do so.
United States District Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for Sept. 10, 2019. Rogers faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and monetary penalties. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman thanked special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant Chief John N. Kane and Trial Attorney Carl F. Brooker of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.

Selig & Associates We are a boutique Tax Representation and Insurance Advocacy Firm in New York City. Our offices are conveniently located and easily accessible by subway, car or train. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. To schedule a legally privileged consultation with a Federal Tax Practitioner, CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is absolutely Free.

Tax Representation Our Tax Advocates are experienced, effective and results driven. Representing individuals and businesses before the IRS and State. We successfully resolve most Civil and Criminal tax problems including suspended Passports and Drivers Licenses. We specialize in unpaid income, sales and payroll taxes and provide practical solutions to difficult tax problems. For example, we negotiate affordable payment plans, and if you have missing or unfiled tax returns, we can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. For immediate assistance call (212) 974-3435 now. 

Insurance Claims Is your Insurance Company treating you unfairly?  Have they offered you substantially less than your claim is worth? If the answer is yes, then call us directly. We successfully settle most first-party insurance claims without ever having to go to court. Commercial and residential insurance representation includes: Environmental Damage, Fire, Business Interruption, Burglary, Vandalism, Windstorm and Water Damage. To consult with a CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. 

About Selig & Associates Our primary skillset is the ability to determine and achieve the desired outcome through transactional negotiations. We take a practical approach to problem solving and continuously evaluate the likelihood of success, the potential consequences and the costs associated with taking, or failing to take a particular action. For additional information about our services call (212) 974-3435. 


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Food Court Vendor Charged with Criminal Tax Fraud (he should hire SELIG & Associates)


He’s been accused of failing to remit $186,000 in sales tax collected from customers 


The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced felony tax fraud and grand larceny charges against Robert V. Gourlay Jr., 56.  As the operator of Fresh Healthy CafĂ©, Gourlay is accused of collecting more than $186,000 in sales tax from his customers and failing to remit that money to New York State, as required by law. He ran the business between August 2010 and February 2018. Gourlay was arrested and arraigned on Wednesday, June 12. "Business owners who disregard their obligation to remit sales tax violate the trust of their customers, deprive the communities where they operate of revenue needed for vital services, and put similar businesses at a competitive disadvantage,” said Executive Deputy Commissioner Andrew Morris.  A criminal complaint is only an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty



Selig & Associates We are a boutique Tax Representation and Insurance Advocacy Firm in New York City. Our offices are conveniently located and easily accessible by subway, car or train. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. To schedule a legally privileged consultation with a Federal Tax Practitioner, CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is absolutely Free.

Tax Representation Our Tax Advocates are experienced, effective and results driven. Representing individuals and businesses before the IRS and State. We successfully resolve most Civil and Criminal tax problems including suspended Passports and Drivers Licenses. We specialize in unpaid income, sales and payroll taxes and provide practical solutions to difficult tax problems. For example, we negotiate affordable payment plans, and if you have missing or unfiled tax returns, we can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. For immediate assistance call (212) 974-3435 now. 

Insurance Claims Is your Insurance Company treating you unfairly?  Have they offered you substantially less than your claim is worth? If the answer is yes, then call us directly. We successfully settle most first-party insurance claims without ever having to go to court. Commercial and residential insurance representation includes: Environmental Damage, Fire, Business Interruption, Burglary, Vandalism, Windstorm and Water Damage. To consult with a CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. 

About Selig & Associates Our primary skillset is the ability to determine and achieve the desired outcome through transactional negotiations. We take a practical approach to problem solving and continuously evaluate the likelihood of success, the potential consequences and the costs associated with taking, or failing to take a particular action. For additional information about our services call (212) 974-3435. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

NYS Tax Debts & Your Suspended Drivers License



The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is sending Drivers License Suspension Notices to delinquent taxpayers. Notices are being sent to individuals for unpaid income taxes and to businesses that owe sales tax. If you owe New York State income or sales taxes, you need to take action. For a Free Consultation call David Selig @ (212) 974-3435.  

If you have at least $10,000 in past due tax liabilities personally assessed against you, the Tax Department is permitted by law to recommend the suspension of your New York State driver license.  Certain taxpayers are exempt from suspension, such as those holding a commercial driver license (CDL), or paying court-ordered child or combined child and spousal support. See TSB-M-13 (4) I,  Summary of Budget Bill Personal Income Tax Changes Enacted in 2013 – Effective for Tax Years 2013 and After, for more information call Selig & Associates. 


Monday, June 17, 2019

Queens Business Owner Admits Stealing Sales Tax (Collected from Customers)



He Pocketed Nearly $251,000 in Sales Taxes
(he should have hired SELIG & Associates)

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced guilty pleas to criminal tax fraud and grand larceny charges by a business owner and his two Queens businesses. Between March 1, 2009, and February 28, 2018, Pyong Chon Yim, 56, and his businesses, Advance Auto Sport Corp. and Advance Motor Sport Inc., located at 35-50 College Point Boulevard, College Point, NY, failed to remit nearly $251,000 in sales tax collected from customers. “Profiting off the backs of honest neighbors is not only bad business, it’s criminal,” said New York State Executive Deputy Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Andrew Morris. “This illegal activity robs local communities of critical funding for public programs and services New Yorkers rely on. We’ll continue to work with all levels of law enforcement, including the Queens District Attorney’s Office, to ensure those committing tax fraud are held accountable.” Acting Queens District Attorney John M. Ryan said, “The defendant collected tax dollars and then pocketed the cash. This is wholly unacceptable and not only cheats the local government, but also every other honest taxpayer. The defendant has admitted his guilt and will make full restitution. I want to commend the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for their work in this case. We will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to prosecute those who knowingly commit tax fraud.” 

Long Island Business Owner Pleads Guilty (Not Paying Employment Taxes to IRS)



He Failed to Pay Nearly $1 Million in Payroll Tax Withholdings 
(he should have hired SELIG & Associates)

A Long Island business person in the construction industry pleaded guilty today to failing to pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. Edward Hansen of Northport, New York, pleaded guilty to one count of willfully failing to collect, truthfully account for, and pay over payroll taxes to the IRS. According to documents filed with the court, Hansen owned and operated steel erection businesses in Suffolk County. From 2008 to 2011, the IRS assessed more than $480,000 in penalties against Hansen for his failure to pay over employment taxes on behalf of several of these businesses. After the last IRS assessment in May 2011, Hansen changed the name of his business to BR-Teck Enterprises Inc., and nominally transferred ownership to another individual. Hansen, however, continued to operate the business and continued to fail to pay over employment taxes. From January 2012 through June 2017, Hansen failed to pay over more than $950,000 in payroll taxes withheld from the wages of BR-Teck’s employees. Hansen faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for failing to pay over payroll taxes. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman thanked special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys, Abigail Burger Chingos and Jeffrey Bender, who are prosecuting the case.

Can I get a Mortgage if I have an IRS Tax Lien? (Yes)




Can I get a Mortgage if I have an IRS Tax Lien? (Yes) With an installment agreement in place, you may be eligible for a FHA or VA mortgage. When done properly, an installment agreement allows you to repay your tax debt and still have enough for current expenses (like mortgage payments). For more information call David Selig at (212) 974-3435 


Understanding Tax Debt, the IRS & Suspended and/or Revoked Passports



If you have “seriously delinquent tax debts” ($52,000 or more) the IRS will notify the State Department and your Passport will be denied and/or revoked. FYI *paying your debt down will not reactivate your Passport. See: IRS Section 7345(b)(1). If your Passport has been suspended, or you are concerned that your Passport is about to be suspended, call David Selig directly at (212) 974-3435



Friday, June 14, 2019

Does the IRS combat crime with an aggressive strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance?



Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Identity theft places a burden on its victims and presents a challenge to many businesses, organizations and governments, including the IRS. 

But does the IRS really combat this crime with an aggressive strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance? 


Selig & Associates is a boutique Tax Representation and Advocacy Firm in New York City. Our Tax Advocates are experienced, effective and results driven. Representing individuals and businesses before the IRS and State. We successfully resolve most Civil and Criminal tax problems including suspended Passports and Drivers Licenses. Specializing in unpaid income, sales and payroll taxes. We provide practical solutions to difficult problems. For example, we negotiate affordable payment plans, and if you have missing or unfiled tax returns, we can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. Our offices are conveniently located and easily accessible by car, train or subway. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Schedule a “face to face” legally privileged consultation with a Federal Tax Practitioner and Attorney by calling (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is absolutely FREE.


NYS Tax Department invites public comment on corporate tax reform draft regulations

They’re at it Again! New York State Department of Taxation and Finance 



https://www.tax.ny.gov/bus/ct/pending/capital%20loss%20reg%206.14.19_.pdf
  Selig & Associates is a boutique Tax Representation and Advocacy Firm in New York City. Our Tax Advocates are experienced, effective and results driven. Representing individuals and businesses before the IRS and State. We successfully resolve most Civil and Criminal tax problems including suspended Passports and Drivers Licenses. Specializing in unpaid income, sales and payroll taxes. We provide practical solutions to difficult problems. For example, we negotiate affordable payment plans, and if you have missing or unfiled tax returns, we can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. Our offices are conveniently located and easily accessible by car, train or subway. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Schedule a “face to face” legally privileged consultation with a Federal Tax Practitioner and Attorney by calling (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is absolutely FREE.


Insurance Representation We settle first-party insurance claims for Top Dollar. Commercial and Residential insurance representation includes: Environmental Damage, Fire, Business Interruption, Burglary, Vandalism, Windstorm and Water Damage.  To speak with a CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney




Helpful  When it comes to insurance, we specialize in difficult situations. To schedule a confidential consultation with a CPCU, Claims Adjuster and Attorney please call (212) 974-3435 today. 

Effective We assist builders, businesses, nightclubs, schools and religious institutions with specialty insurance coverage and first-party claims, including Environmental issues, Active Shooter and Workplace Violence Protection, Cyber and Employment Practices Liability Insurance. 

Skillful We settle first-party property damage claims for top dollar and resolve all residential and commercial claims, including Business Interruption, Burglary, Fire, Windstorm and Water Damage. 

Local Appointments are scheduled Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

You have the right to be represented during a Workers Compensation Insurance Audit. Employee Misclassification, Underreporting, Unreported Income, and Failure to Keep Accurate Payroll Records

SELIG & ASSOCIATES  We successfully solve IRS and New York State Tax problems, including   Workers Compensation Audits, NYSIF Prem...