A snapshot of the government agencies Atom deals with:
Atom routinely represents clients in their dealings with federal and government agencies such as Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Patrol, US Department of Justice, the US Patent and Trademark Office, the Internal Revenue Service, the US Department of Labor, state departments of professional services, state revenue services, secretaries of state. Other agencies which regulate our clients also include the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.
A snapshot of regulatory matters Atom represent clients in:
state and federal tax audits and disputes, state and federal labor audits and disputes, travel and work visa applications and disputes, trademark applications and office actions, state and federal franchise compliance and disputes, professional license regulatory compliance in areas such as medicine, dentistry, cosmetology.
The commercial activities of many businesses are subject to government regulation on both the state and federal level. A few broad examples include tax matters, employment matters, attracting investment, trademark matters, hiring foreign employees. Companies with specialized areas of practice like medicine, dentistry, psychotherapy are more heavily regulated by state agencies. This means that routine compliance is necessary and audits are certainly possible. At times a well-intentioned business can end up violating rules and regulations of various agencies without realizing that its activities are even subject to regulation. Or perhaps it may be aware regulation exists, but be unaware of the extent of the regulation. Failure to comply can lead to severe penalties later on that may come in the form of costly fines or even suspension of business activities.
To complicate matters further, the same business activity may be regulated by multiple government agencies; while a company may work to meet the standards of one, it may be unaware that it does not meet the standards of the other. For example, both the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the Department of Labor (“DOL”) have rules distinguishing Independent Contractors from employees. However, their determinations are distinct from one another and the conclusion of one agency is not binding on the other. So a business which may think it is in the clear for meeting the requirements of the IRS concerning independent contractors may not be in the clear in the eyes of the DOL.
While the United States is one of the greatest markets for business in the world, it is a market that is ripe with overlapping regulations. Atom has helped clients both become aware of inadvertent violations and expeditiously bring them into compliance. Atom routinely advises clients who seek guidance on relevant regulations they are subject to prior to engaging in planned activities. Furthermore, routinely represents clients in disputes with government agencies when accused of either false reporting or failure to comply.
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