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Is Your Employee Really an Independent Contractor? What you need to know in the eyes of the IRS

By Gary Sigman, CPA, M.Tax, PFS, AEP®
Senior Tax Manager
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If your business uses independent contractors as part of its workforce, depending on the circumstances, the IRS might reclassify these workers as employees. Such a reclassification would expose your business to employment taxes and penalties. In addition, your business might be responsible for retroactive fringe benefits for any reclassified workers.

To avoid this possibility, we recommend that employers review every contract the business holds with an independent contractor together with their attorney or CPA.

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Q: I volunteer as a Board member for mid-sized not-for-profit. I heard that I should look beyond simply reviewing and approving the balance sheet or Treasurer’s report during our monthly board meeting. What should I look out for? 

Pat M. – Volunteer board member, Cleveland

A: Chris Valponi, CPA, Audit and Assurance Manager says:
Great question, Pat, and one we hear quite often. For many, serving on a board is rewarding both for the organization and for the folks who generously give their time and talent. What some do not realize is…

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Doing Businesss in Ohio Guide

Partner Brett Neate has assembled this comprehensive guide comprised of various state governmental sources that will help you: 

  • Determine which business structure is right for you
  • Understand which filings must be on record with the State of Ohio
  • Identify what areas of taxation may affect your business
  • Understand Ohio’s labor and employment laws that will shape your employment base
  • Be aware of which state regulations may impact your business

Download this free Ebook to learn more.

 Whether you are starting a business in Ohio, relocating company operations, or adding an Ohio-based location, our Doing Business in Ohio guide will provide you with the information you need to begin in the right direction.



Charity Treats, founded in early 2016, is an in-house fundraising initiative that firm employees take part in each week through “Jeans Fridays.” The program is a way for employees to learn about our area organizations and the great work they do for the people in our communities. Charities are selected based upon recommendation from employees through their personal affiliation.


Zinner Celebrates Purple Day 2017

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A longtime supporter of the Epilepsy Association, the firm held a two-week purple-themed campaign in conjunction with the Association to raise funds and awareness for those affected by Epilepsy and seizure disorders. Purple is the color adopted nationwide to signify support for those affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders. 

In addition to wearing purple clothes and enjoying purple treats, staff welcomed the Association’s Assistant Director of Development Alison Foutz who presented an overview of the organization and the work they do in our community. Intern Alec Palmer (’18, Baldwin Wallace University) was the winner in the firm’s prize-packed purple basket raffle.

The Epilepsy Association will also hold thier annual Rockin' the Keys for a Cause event, a dueling piano themed night out complete with tasty foods, quenching drinks, and a plethora of silent auction items. The event  will be held at Vosh Lakewood on Wednesday, May 3, from 6PM to 9PM. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased here. 

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"How Charitable Gift Annuities Could Hurt a Not-for-Profit" - Chris Valponi, CPA - Cleveland Jewish News

"What To Do if a Loved One Dies Unexpectedly" - Howard Kass,  CPA, CGMA, AEP® - Cleveland Jewish News 

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