I-9 Social Security Mismatch
More recently, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has increased its focus on the accountability of employers to maintain and ensure that their non-citizen employees possess legal and proper documentation to work in the United States. They are conducting raids of large companies whom they suspect will not produce the required documentation. In fact, ICE has begun to more often bring criminal charges against the employers who are not in compliance. They will seize their illegally-derived assets whereas in the past, they simply applied administrative fines through sanctions. In the last fiscal year, this new approach resulted in 127 criminal convictions, up from 46 the previous fiscal year. More employers are also being charged with money laundering violations, which can result in prison sentences of up to 20 years.
The Social Security Administration is working with ICE to require that employers are taking the several necessary steps in response to any employees who do not have social security numbers that correspond with their records of identification for that certain employee. Steps must be taken to ensure that the employers are protected from enforcement investigations and the subsequent potential liability.
One Path Legal concentrates on these aspects of employer protection:
- Train your company and human resources department on how to respond to the receipt of a social security mismatch letter;
- Educate your company through individual consultation
- Audit current employment documentation to ensure all due diligence has been performed;
- Ensure documents are in order and properly completed;
- Assess the employers risk based on the information provided about the company;
When a client is coming to the United States temporarily or if they intend to permanently reside in the United States, there may be jurisdictional and tax consequences to their estate at death and/or disability. There may be a conflict in the laws which govern their estate plan depending on their intent during their stay in the United States.
- Develop a customized plan which generally addresses tax considerations, protection and transfer of assets to local and foreign beneficiaries;
- Where appropriate, draft Wills, Trusts and Advanced Directives (Living Will, Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Durable Powers of Attorney);
- Ensure any available tax saving techniques are utilized