Employment Taxes (EDD / IRS)

An employment tax audit can result in tremendous tax debts. Most employment tax audits begin with an IRS audit or, most often, an independent contractor filing for unemployment benefits. When that happens, the Employment Development Department (EDD) is the auditing agency. If employment tax audit adjustments are made to your account, those changes will also be reported to the IRS for a potential adjustment to your federal employment taxes. There are a number of safe harbor rules that will protect you from IRS adjustments.

Businesses employing independent contractors need to be especially careful because EDD employment tax audits can be financially devastating, resulting in tax debts over a period of many years. In addition, the law of independent contractor status strongly favors the EDD in an employment tax audit. There are many strategies to reduce or eliminate payroll tax increases. For instance, if the independent contractors have actually paid their own state income taxes, a partial credit for the full amount we are able to prove may be available to reduce these tax debts.

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The Law Offices of Maynard & Hogan represents clients throughout Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda and Santa Cruz Counties.


Founded in 1979, The Law Offices of Maynard & Hogan specializes in Tax Law and Family Law. We handle virtually every aspect of these specialty areas, and we are equally adept at negotiating settlements as succeeding at trial.

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We are committed to a strong yet realistic representation of our clients' interests using our knowledge, judgment, negotiating and counseling abilities, litigation and interpersonal skills. We typically work harder than our adversaries in order to achieve a fair and just result. We believe that these traits and the hard work associated with them are necessary to make our practice responsive to the needs of our clients and individually rewarding. Responsiveness to client needs, individual client attention and producing a high-quality work product are the cornerstones of our practice.

We believe that the firm size, while offering broad expertise, allows us to provide our clients with individual attention, and thus ensures a better working relationship and greater quality control in every matter.

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Year after year, San Jose Magazine has repeatedly named Douglas Scott Maynard and Moira A. Hogan as among the Top Attorneys in Silicon Valley. Mr. Maynard, Ms. Hogan and the firm have consistently received this honor in separate polls and queries both of opposing attorneys and of clients. These polls and queries were independently conducted by the magazine.

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