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Steven Goldburd and Benjamin A Goldburd

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Will state taxing authorities really come after my small business?

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2024 | Business Tax

Small businesses form the backbone of the American economy, providing jobs, services, and innovation. Business owners must balance the perks that come with owning a small business with the downsides. One example: complex tax regulations. When businesses fall behind on their tax obligations, state taxing authorities are known for taking assertive measures to collect outstanding debts.

Recent high-profile cases, such as California’s pursuit of Ye’s Yeezy Apparel for over $1 million in unpaid taxes, underscore the diligence of state tax agencies. This move to hold Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, accountable by California’s tax board demonstrates that no entity, big or small, is exempt from tax scrutiny.

How do states pursue tax debt?

State tax authorities employ various strategies to collect tax debts, such as:

  • Audits and investigations to determine tax liability, and
  • Levies on bank accounts and assets to recover unpaid taxes.

These actions can significantly impact a small business’s operations, highlighting the importance of compliance and the potential consequences of falling behind.

How do I avoid these issues?

For small businesses, understanding and maintaining tax compliance is crucial. This will help to prevent penalties and interest that can accrue on unpaid taxes while also avoiding disruptive actions like levies and liens. The attorneys at Goldburd McCone are experienced in these matters. They can review your situation and discuss various courses of action to mitigate the legal repercussions.

The case of Yeezy Apparel serves as a cautionary tale for small businesses. State taxing authorities, with their extensive powers, will not hesitate to act to ensure that all businesses meet their tax responsibilities. Education and proactive measures are key to preventing the legal and financial repercussions of significant tax debt.