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Litigation over penalties can be costly for any small business

Small business owners in Texas are often more vulnerable than those who have bigger concerns. While large corporations have divisional managers who know state and federal laws related to their sections, small business owners have to understand all the legal requirements to make sure they don't land in trouble that might lead to litigation. Many small businesses operate from premises in residential areas, adding a list of local regulations to the already extensive list of laws with which to comply.

One of the three areas of business that bring about most fines for small businesses is tax violations. Along with all the other responsibilities, business owners must attend to tax estimations and deadlines for filing taxes. Tax penalties can be detrimental to the bottom line. Another aspect to keep in mind is violations of OSHA's safety regulations. These do not only apply to construction companies, but to all businesses, and exposing employees to safety hazards can bring costly and unnecessary expenses.

Many small businesses develop from informal origins, during which time helpers were family and friends who did not earn salaries. When such a business grows, and personnel is appointed, some business owners fail to establish proper protocols based on federal and state requirements for wages and other employment-related issues. Even the failure to attach a pay stub with a paycheck can lead to penalties.

In some cases, a Texas business owner might want to challenge penalties brought against his or her company. However, taking on state or federal authorities may be a challenge that might be best achieved with the skilled guidance of an experienced business litigation attorney. Utilizing the support of such a professional could even prevent future penalties.

Source: FindLaw, "3 Common Types of Fines Assessed Against Small Businesses", George Khoury, March 29, 2017

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