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Richard A. Beauchemin, CPA/Carolina Accounting & Tax Service, PLLC
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In 2018 Companies Will Face More Employment Scrutiny by Feds

Thomas Homan, who is Director of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, gave a speech to the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 and outlined the agency’s 2018 enforcement plans. His direction to his Homeland Security Investigations team is to increase worksite enforcement of businesses by four to five times over 2017.

“I actually just looked at how much time, what percentage of time is spent by Homeland Security Investigations on worksite enforcement and I just gave the instructions to increase that by four to five times.”

He further told the audience: “So we’re taking worksite enforcement very hard this year. Regarding the number of increased inspections and worksite operations you are going to see us significantly increase this next year.”

Homan went on to emphasize prosecution of employers who violate the law. “We’re doing it differently this year than we’ve done it. Now we’re going to prosecute employers who knowingly harbor the illegal aliens, we are going to detain and remove the aliens.”

Some recent investigations have led to prison time for owners, managers and/or supervisors responsible for the hiring practices and significant fines for the company. A few recent cases are below.

Houston Tortilla Company
Recently four leaders (three owners and a manager) were convicted of a felony conspiracy to induce and encourage unlawful immigration through a pattern of hiring and employing illegal aliens at the tortilla factory. The penalty: the owners and manager were sentenced to the 18 months they served on a court-imposed supervised release and the company was fined $1 million.

Asplundh Tree Experts
The company pled guilty to unlawfully employing workers unauthorized to work in the United States. The company was forced to pay a forfeiture money judgement of $80 million dollars and pay an additional $15 million dollars to satisfy civil claims arising out of their failure to comply with immigration law.

1. To prevent and insure compliance, businesses should review all hiring practices and on-boarding paperwork to make sure it complies with Federal, State and local laws.

2. All employers should make sure hiring managers understand how to correctly fill out Section 2 of Form I9

3. Annual audits should be conducted to verify that Form I9 records are maintained and available should the business be the subject of an investigation. To assist we put together an I9 Checklist that can be downloaded for free from here: http://carolinaaccounting.com/resources-inner/why-i9-matters-i9-checklist-2/

4. Certain Federal and state specific laws require the use of E –Verify. For example: North Carolina requires any employer with more than 25 employees use the E –Verify system. Know whether you are required to use E-Verify and complete the process within the prescribed time. For more information or help with E-Very download our Free E-Verify presentation from our Best Practice series. You can go here for this valuable resource: http://carolinaaccounting.com/resources-inner/e-verify-presentation-best-practices-series/
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The IRS Dirt Dozen for 2017 - Infographic
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Your fear of an IRS Criminal Investigation should be real. The IRS CI unit achieved a 92.4% conviction rate in 2015. As impressive is that 80% of the cases have resulted in prison sentences. Below is our infographic that highlights key IRS Criminal Investigation unit statistics from the 2015 Annual report.

The focus for the IRS CI unit in 2016 is Identity Theft Fraud, Abusive Return Preparer Fraud & Questionable Refund Fraud, International Tax Fraud, Fraud Referral program, Political/Public Corruption, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), Bank Secrecy Act and Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Review teams, Voluntary Disclosure Program
Counterterrorism and Sovereign Citizens.
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