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.