IRS Targeting Section 79 Plans of Southwest Financial Group, Inc. (“SFG)

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IRS tax auditor man with a stern or mean expression Insurance agents and related enterprising people have continually endeavored to concoct plans that make them a great deal of money. And when I say “plans,” I mean welfare benefit plans. These are insurance-based plans that employers can invest money into under the guise that the contributions are tax-deductible; likewise, they are represented as having the benefit of allowing withdrawals at some point in a non-taxable manner.

The IRS has never (as far as we are aware) agreed with one of these Plans. In other words, these types of Plans (and, oftentimes, their promoters) have been subject to extreme scrutiny by the IRS—and this, generally, has included not only an audit of the Plans, but also of participating employers/employees in the Plans.

As if this were not ominous enough (having the IRS audit participating employers/employees), almost invariably, these audits result in a requirement to pay not only back taxes, but overwhelming penalties of various types, as well as interest on these amounts—all of which can be staggering and even life-altering to participants who were innocently trying to plan for retirement.

One of the latest targets by the IRS is Southwest Financial Group, Inc. (“SFG”). SFG is a business located in Phoenix, Arizona, that created and/or promoted a number of “Section 79” Plans. These plans are now the focus of the IRS and their participants are beginning to receive audit notices.

We believe the participating employers/employees in the SFG “Section 79” Plans may have been exposed to severe and significant losses as a result of their participation in these suspect, scheme-based tax shelters. Our firm has handled many cases relating to welfare benefit plans and we have helped a tremendous number of damaged employers and employees. I am confident we can help those damaged by Southwest Financial Group if given the opportunity.  If you have any questions regarding this issue, please call our office 519-938-5007.

 

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