Florida State Audit Defense Attorney

State Audits in Florida

The economic health of the country depends upon small and larger businesses providing products to the public and employment to individuals. Each year we see more and more governmental intrusion into the private business sector. New laws are enacted very often intended to facilitate more governmental control in many areas and particularly in the area of employment and workers' compensation insurance compliance. If you have received notification that your business or insurance company will be audited it is vital that you seek the assistance of an experienced Florida employment defense attorney who can guide and assist you through this difficult process.

State Audit Defense Lawyer in Florida

Under Florida law the Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers' Compensation, Florida Department of Revenue, and other state agencies have the authority to begin an audit of any employer. An audit may be triggered by an apparent inconsistency, by a "whistleblower" tip, or at random. The purpose of an audit is to find evidence of late reporting or that payroll is being under-reported in some fashion or other misconduct. This may be through the use of independent contractors, incorrect categorization of types of labor, and through other means.

The auditor will be very suspicious of any missing information or incomplete records and may assume this indicates an attempt to withhold or cover up wrongdoing. Simple errors in calculation may be taken as deliberate attempts to reduce costs. The agency can levy hefty fines and penalties if an auditor finds any support for a determination of fraudulent reporting. An experienced state audit defense lawyer with the firm will work with you to organize your records before an audit to minimize the amount of time it takes and the possibility that the auditor will misunderstand or misconstrue data in your records or reports.

The legal team at the firm works with state audit personnel to clarify misunderstandings and provide comprehensive defense to clients. Although experienced and aggressive litigators when necessary, the firm does everything possible to resolve unfair determinations, fines and penalties outside of the courtroom. Call Cristal | Hanenian, Attorneys at Law for a consultation with a skilled defense lawyer to discuss your concerns.

Contact a Florida state audit defense attorney at our firm who will work with you to protect your business from audit errors.