Dealing with NJ-Department of Labor Audits:  

What you need to know and how to prepare 

May 5 2018 NJ DOL Session

The NJ Department of Labor is conducting full-scale industry wide audits of court reporters and agencies, in an effort to reclassify the entire industry into “Employer/Employee” status.  Their goal is to increase tax dollars to the State, as independent contractors pay less tax than employees through legal deductions they currently are allowed; and independent contractor agencies are not bound to withhold taxes, pay Social Security, Unemployment, Family Leave insurance and other withholdings that employer/employee firms are required.

If they succeed, it will fundamentally change the way we do business.  Deductions such as hardware and software equipment will be eliminated.  Writer and software support contracts. Travel and parking and tolls.  Business leases, office supplies, Continuing Education seminars and travel/lodging for same,  promotional items for clients.  Virtually any legal deduction you take now as a legitimate expense will be gone.

As for an agency, they would be required to pay you a salary, withhold taxes, Social Security, and would be forced to pay these taxes going back seven years.  The NJ-DOL will then add penalties AND interest for not paying them, even though we are listed as “exempt” from Employer/Employee status according to the NJ-DOL’s own regulations (Chapter 1 Employer Taxes and Wage Reporting -- Section 3 Liability for Contributions (Y).)  The back taxes and penalties can run into the six-figure area and potentially put an agency out of business.

To meet this crisis, CCRA-NJ requests your presence on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Seasons 52, 217 Lafayette Avenue, Edison, NJ,  for a seminar dealing with this subject.

SPEAKER: Andrew S. Berns, Esq., of EINHORN HARRIS. 
Mr. Berns is an experienced business and tax litigator in one of the premier firms in New Jersey.  He has a vast amount of experience dealing with the State Department of Labor and litigates matters such as worker reclassification disputes, tax issues, and all business matters that pertain to regulatory issues.

SPEAKER: James V. Tate, CPA
Mr. Tate is a Certified Public Accountant and has longstanding experience with the very issue of court reporters and tax ramifications of worker reclassification.  He is the brother of Past President Robert Tate and will join Mr. Berns in answering questions to help you prepare for an audit.

LOCATION:  Seasons 52 Restaurant, 217 Lafayette Avenue, Edison, NJ

DATE: May 5, 2018 (Saturday)

8:15 am Registration/Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 am Session
11:00 - 11:20 am Q&A

Breakfast will include: Bagels with Cream Cheese & Butter, Seasonal Fruit, Assorted Pastries, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon & Sausage and Breakfast Potatoes

FEE: $35 for CCRA-NJ Members ---- $150 for Non-Members

May 5 2018 NJ DOL Session




FREE 6-week introductory program*
Starting April 2018
Location to be announced

Register Now

Email: Lois.McFadden1@gmail.com to secure your spot in this class

Space is limited to 10 students




To renew online today and pay by credit card click the link below:
2018 Membership Form
or if paying by check please complete the form available at the link below and mail both the form and the check to the address on the form.
Membership Renewal Form (payment by mail/fax)

For membership questions please contact Tim Bower

Interested in joining CCRA-NJ - please click here

Tim Bower, CAE
Executive Director
Certified Court Reporters Association of New Jersey
PO Box 460
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Phone: 856-875-0818
Fax: 856-210-1619

CCRA-NJ is excited to announce that we are instituting a new membership recruitment program!!
This new recruitment program is called the “Member-Get-A-Member” program. CCRA-NJ appreciates all the support you have provided to the organization over the years and also realizes that you are uniquely qualified to help CCRA-NJ grow so we can continue to expand the services we offer our members. To put it simply more CCRA-NJ members means greater resources and that will help CCRA-NJ remain a resource for you.The program is very simple and will also provide you a way to save money on CCRA-NJ membership and educational programs. For every new Reporter member that you recruit you will receive $25 CCRA-NJ “Bucks” that you can use to trade in to help reduce your membership or education costs for any CCRA-NJ programs. There is not a limit to the amount of “bucks” that you can accumulate so there is a possibility that you could fund your membership and March and/or October conference registrations through this program. CCRA-NJ “Bucks” are not transferable.

Full Information is available here: ccranjmembergetamember2015flyer-final.pdf

The membership application is available here: Membership Application (payment by mail or fax) 


If you are not a current member of CCRA-NJ this is a great time to join. By joining before the Annual Convention that takes place on March 11 and 12, 2016 you can attend the convention at the member rate. By joining CCRA-NJ you are also supporting the ONLY association that is here to help protect the interest of the Court Reporter in the State of New Jersey.To join online please click: Membership ApplicationTo mail or fax your application in please click:Membership Application (payment by mail or fax)