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New York City Tax Audit Lawyers December 6, 2014

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New York City Tax Audit Lawyers

A tax audit can be very scary and stressful. Much of anxiety comes from the fear of the unknown and the wide range of possibilities that can result from an audit such as possible prosecution for tax fraud. Our team of tough, smart New York tax audit lawyers can help you fight back against the IRS. We know how to work with the IRS agents instead of against them to come up with a resolution to the case that benefits you. If we cannot resolve the matter with the IRS agent, we can often resolve the matter with their supervisor. Understanding the law, being prepared and knowing what the IRS agent wants is key to a successful resolution of your matter.

Our New York City tax audit attorneys have handled very complex tax matters for our clients. We’ve been able to take cases that looked like they were headed to prosecution and resolved them with just a negligence penalty that did not involve any criminal investigation. If you are already being investigated for tax fraud, our lawyers can help you avoid being arrested. However, our efforts will be more successful if you act quickly so please do not hesitate to call.

When our lawyers handle your tax matter, we communicate with the IRS on your behalf. You will not say or do anything unless we authorize it. In fact, we probably won’t even have you at the audit. We can and almost always go to the audit without you. This is a huge advantage as it will limit the examiner’s ability to gather information. When you are facing a tax audit, you need every advantage you can get.

Our New York tax audit lawyers can handle your tax audit anywhere in New York state including Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, Albany, Buffalo, Long Island and Westchester. Call us using the number to the right for a free consultation.

Are you being sued by J&J Sports November 30, 2014

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J&J Sports

J&J Sports is a company that handles the distribution of boxing PPV matches across the country.  They have filed thousands of lawsuits over the last few years across the country.  While they handle more than just Floyd Mayweather fights, most of the lawsuits we have seen have involved Floyd Mayweather.  Bars, restaurants and other business must pay thousands of dollars to display such a fight.  However, some of them just pay the regular home rate of about $50.  This is copyright infringement and companies such as J&J Sports aggressively fight against this by filing lawsuits and demanding large sums of money to settle the case.

If you have received a lawsuit filed by a lawyer on behalf of J&J Sports then call us before you do or say anything.  Anything you say can be used against you.  This firm has successfully helped clients avoid serious penalties for copyright infringement.  Please contact our office right away to discuss your legal rights.  Our team of tough, smart lawyers can help defend you against these allegations.

Are you being sued by J&J Sports? November 30, 2014

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J&J Sports is a company that  handles the distribution of boxing PPV matches across the country.  In 2011, they have filed over 700 lawsuits against businesses across the country alleging copyright infringement.  The allegations is that the business at issue did not pay the required fee to show the fight.  While the average price of a boxing PPV fight may be $50 for someone at home, bars and other public places may have to pay thousands of dollars.  To avoid this, some businesses just order it as if they are at home and then display the fight.  They get caught because investigators will go to the business and take pictures that prove that the fight is being shown.  They also take numerous head counts to indicate how many people are there.  This investigator then writes a report and forwards it to a lawyer who will file suit on behalf of J&J Sports.

As a result, you may have received a lawsuit filed by a lawyer on behalf of J&J Sports.  This may be followed up with a phone call or letter demanding thousands of dollars to settle the case or else face fines even higher than that.  Before you do or say anything, you need to speak to an attorney.  Our team of tough, smart lawyers have helped  clients avoid serious penalties for copyright infringement.  Please contact our office right away to discuss your legal rights.

Are you being sued by Julie Cohen Lonstein? November 30, 2014

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Julie Cohen Lonstein is a New York based lawyer that often represents J&J Sports.  J&J Sports handles the distribution of boxing PPV matches across the country.  In 2011 alone, they have filed over 700 such lawsuits against businesses across the country alleging copyright infringement.   The average price of a boxing PPV fight may be $50 for someone at home.  However, bars and other public places may have to pay thousands of dollars.  To avoid this, some businesses just order it as if they are at home and then display the fight sometimes even charging a cover charge.  This is against the law and companies such as J&J Promotions will do whatever it takes to teach businesses to stop doing this.

As a result, you may have received a lawsuit filed by a lawyer like Julie Cohen Lonstein on behalf of J&J Sports.  Before you do or say anything, you need to speak to a lawyer.  Anything you say can be used against you.  This firm has successfully helped clients avoid serious penalties for copyright infringement.  Please contact our office right away to discuss your legal rights.  Our team of tough, smart lawyers can help defend you against these allegations.

Are you being sued by Joe Hand Promotions? November 30, 2014

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Joe Hand Promotions is a company that handles the majority of the UFC PPV distribution.  For the last few years, they have filed hundreds of lawsuits against businesses across the country, usually bars and restaurants.  In 2011 alone, they filed 515 lawsuits across the country.   The allegation is that the defendant has shown a boxing fight without the required permission to do so.  Although the average price of a UFC fight may be $50 for someone at home, bars and other public places may have to pay thousands.  To avoid this, some businesses just order it as if they are at home and then display the fight sometimes even charging a cover charge.

They get caught because investigators go into the businesses to take a head count and pictures.  They write a report that is then forwarded to a law firm so that a lawsuit can be prepared. There is usually no warning that such a suit may be filed.  Your first notice of a lawsuit from Joe Hand Promotions may be service of the lawsuit itself.  This gives you little time to resolve this matter.  Before you agree to any settlement offer, call us first!  Too many businesses have been scared into agreeing to large settlement because they did not speak to a copyright infringement lawyer.

This firm has successfully helped clients avoid serious penalties for copyright infringement including pirating UFC fights.  If you have been contacted by a lawyer representing Joe Hand Promotions Sports or any other entity alleging that you have pirated a PPV UFC match, please contact our office right away to discuss your legal rights.  Our team of tough, smart lawyers can help defend you.

Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, from MTV’s the Jersey Shore, indicted for filing false tax returns September 24, 2014

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MTV’s “Jersey Shore” star Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino was indicted Wednesday on charges of filing false tax returns involving $8.9 million income along with his brother Marc.  The Situation was charged with two counts while Marc was charged with three counts of filing false tax returns for 2010 through 2012.  Sorrentino was also accused of failing to file a tax return for 2011.
The Government alleges that the pair claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts.  Based upon recent similar cases, it looks like the two will likely see some prison time.  This shows that tax fraud is taken seriously and that the Government does prosecute people for filing false returns.

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Philadelphia EUO Lawyers June 14, 2014

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An Examination Under Oath, or EUO can lead to serious consequences.  You are not required to have a lawyer and you will not be provided with a lawyer.  The insurance company will have a lawyer present so going into an EUO in Philadelphia without your own lawyer can quickly become a disaster.  A lawyer can help make sure that a procedural issue doesn’t lead to a denial of your insurance claim.  A lawyer will also make sure that you are not taken advantage of.  While every case is different, it is rarely expensive to hire a lawyer to represent you for an EUO.  

So one you have determined that you want to retain an attorney, the question is who to retain?  It could be tough to find a lawyer that is knowledgeable about examinations under oath.  That’s why we created our EUO website.  You can not only learn about the EUO process but you can learn about us as well.  Use the link directly below to access our EUO website.

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New York Unemployment Fraud Lawyer June 14, 2014

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Much like other states around the country, New York is cracking down on unemployment fraud.  Our New York Unemployment Fraud Lawyers have successfully helped clients with unemployment fraud cases.  However, you cannot just wait to see what will happen.  You should call an attorney as soon as you receive a notice from that you are under investigation.  If you do not handle this the right way, you can be charged with grand larceny.  Take the example of Shawn Gloster.  He was arrested for for allegedly stealing about $15,000 in unemployment benefits.  That’s not a large amount either.  Others before him have been arrested as well.  That story is here.

If you are under investigation for unemployment fraud in New York, call us at 732-773-2768 to discuss your case with one of our aggressive New York Unemployment Fraud Lawyers.   

Eight arrested for unemployment fraud in New Jersey June 10, 2014

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Eight people have recently been arrested for allegedly committing unemployment fraud in New Jersey.  To many, unemployment fraud seems like a victimless crime.  They think that if they just pay the money back, they won’t be arrested.  However, this story shows that New Jersey takes unemployment fraud seriously and that people do get arrested for these crimes.  The following people have been arrested:

Edward Soto
Jessica Soto
Theodore Campbell
Diana Campbell
Nado Shaw
Russell Garrett
Kurt ohlson
Donna Ohlson

In each case, authorities say the defendants certified that they were “physically able to work” and “available to go to work immediately,” when in fact they were in jail and therefore not eligible to receive benefits.  These eight defendants represent the first round of prosecutions resulting from referrals from the Department of Labor and the ongoing investigative efforts of the Division of Criminal Justice.  Thus, more arrests are expected.

This firm has represented hundreds of people charged with unemployment fraud.  Call us today at 732-773-2768 to discuss your case.  Do not wait until you are charged!

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Could Chris Christie be prosecuted over ‘bridgegate’ road closure scandal? January 9, 2014

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At this point, almost every knows that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is facing a huge scandal involving the September lane closure of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey.  He had a two hour press conference today where he denied any involvement in the revenge road closure and instead, shifted blame to staffers.  This lane closure created traffic jams that not only inconvenienced many but may have actually led to the death of a 91 year old woman.  Thus, politicians have called for criminal charges to be filed.

According to this article from the Washington Times, N.J. state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said that she thinks criminal charges are forthcoming while N.J. state Sen. Ray Lesniak joined the call for criminal investigation, pushing for the federal government to look into the matter.  According to the New York Times,  the United States attorney for New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, opened an inquiry after the matter was referred to the office by the inspector general for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge.

So now the question is, will Chris Christie (and/or anyone else) be prosecuted here?  Law Professor Alan Dershowitz has already said that the Governor should “lawyer up” and prepare for prosecution.  With all due respect to Mr. Dershowitz, I think it is far too early to start talking about criminal prosecution here.  Let’s put aside the fact that Chris Christie is one of the most popular politicians at the moment.  Let’s view him as the average defendant for right now.  A criminal prosecution of Christie involves a host a problems.  The first problem is trying to link Christie to any conspiracy to commit a crime.  Without some type of hard evidence (emails, text messages, etc) that shows that Christie authorized the lane closure, it will be hard to link it back to him.  The Government would have to rely almost exclusively on the testimony of others such as the aides that have been fired as well as others that may have been involved.  Between being fired, publicly embarrassed and looking at possible criminal charges themselves, these alleged co-conspirator may say anything to not only save themselves but get revenge on Christie.  A jury would have to believe one or more of these other people over that of Christie whose lawyers could shred them on cross examination.

The other problem here is that the Government is not investigating a criminal organization or a long-term criminal conspiracy where the head of the conspiracy interacts with all of the other conspirators.  Assuming arguendo that Christie did in fact participate in this revenge scandal, how many people actually interacted with him?  Chances are that he did not speak with all of those involved.  In fact, he may have only actually discussed it with one person.  Thus, the Government may have to rely on only one co-conspirator to prove that Christie was involved instead of multiple co-conspirators.

That brings me to the next problem.  One of the reasons why the US Attorney’s Office gets such great results is that is cherry-picks its cases.  They make sure that they have a rock solid case.  When they do lose a case, it rocks the entire office and a postmortem is done to fine out what happened.  In other words, they take losing seriously.  This helps the criminal defense practitioner when  dealing with federal investigations.  If you as the attorney for the possible defendant can cast some doubt on the Government’s case, they will likely back off.  I know because I have used this strategy with great success.

Thus, in the average case, the Government faces some challenges here.  Of course, this is not the average case.  If Christie was in fact prosecuted, it would easily become the trial of the century.  Christie would assemble this century’s version of the dream team and the story would be covered by media outlets worldwide.  Despite this scandal, Christie is incredibly popular.  Thus, the Government would have to have a perfect case.  If Christie were to be found not guilty, the impact on the US Attorney’s office and President Obama would be unfathomable.  As a result, the US Attorneys’ office would be very hesitant to take such a risk.  Absent a smoking gun, there may not be enough for the Government to roll the dice.

Its nice to make headlines and talk about criminal prosecution and I think the case should be investigated.  However, before anyone starts talking about Christie doing a perp walk soon, the practical reality of that scenario needs to be considered.  Like him or hate him, don’t expect the US Attorney’s office to issue an arrest warrant for a popular Governor like Christie absent some of the most compelling evidence to ever hit a court room.   Instead, he may face some lesser form of punishment such as impeachment as called for by Paul Munshine of the Star Ledger.