Representing Business Officers Facing Unexpected Tax Liabilities

Sometimes tax agencies seek tax payments from owners, officers, former owners, and even employees of a business. This can happen to an owner who has an interest in a business but does not participate in the day-to-day operations of the business, or to a former owner of a business. The IRS, FTB, and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) each have the authority to seek unpaid taxes from persons they deem "responsible officers" or "responsible persons," or from those who receive excess funds from the business when the business has not paid its tax liabilities.

Attorneys at the Law Office of Williams & Associates, P.C., can assist business owners and employees facing responsible officer or responsible person liability issues. Our lawyers are recognized nationally for their knowledge in tax law and litigation, and can defend you against unfair or erroneous tax assessments.

Defenses Against Responsible Officer Liability

Our attorneys will analyze your role with the company for which the tax authorities are seeking payment. We will assert all valid defenses on your behalf, including:

  • Lack of authority to infer direct knowledge of the tax deficiency, for example if you did not hold a title such as manager, owner, partner or officer of the business
  • Lack of knowledge of the tax deficiency
  • Lack of authority to sign checks or otherwise control the finances of the organization

We can help you challenge this type of tax assessment to help ensure you are not held responsible for someone else's tax liability.

Our Attorneys Will Defend You Against Responsible Officer Liabilities

Our firm can help you develop a strategy to resolve your personal and corporate tax matters. We serve clients in California and throughout the United States. Contact us today by calling our Sacramento office at (916) 488-8501 or toll free at (800) 684-7147, or email us.