Monday, January 25, 2010

Exec Comp Audits to leave "No Stone Unturned"

6,000 audits will be "deeper" and "more intensive" than typical audits - Article HERE

"The 6,000 exams, to be conducted over three years, will be deeper than typical audits and look at fringe benefits such as executive use of corporate jets, company cars and other reimbursements arrangements, Arcidiacono said.

"The examiners have been instructed to leave no stone unturned," he said on a recent call with clients.

The IRS has not taken a systematic focus on employment issues in decades, according to tax lawyers. The agency will examine a cross section of companies by size and industry.

"We've had quite a few clients who have had more intensive employment tax and executive compensation audits," in recent months, said Anne Batter, an attorney at Miller Chevalier who previously worked in the IRS chief counsel office, which interprets the tax code."

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