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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
September 17, 2013

DA VANCE AND NYCLA ANNOUNCE UPCOMING FINANCIAL WORKSHOPS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

Free Classes to Help Small Businesses Navigate and Comply with City and State Regulations

Series Represents First-Ever Partnership Between DA’s Office and NYCLA

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and Barbara Moses, President of the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA), announced a partnership between the District Attorney’s Office and NYCLA to offer five free classes aimed at helping small business owners understand and comply with State and City tax laws and regulations. The series is also sponsored by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of N.Y., Inc.; NYC Business Solutions; the Asian American Bar Association of New York, Chinatown Partnership; and the Chinatown Business Improvement District.
 
“Small businesses are at the heart of our immigrant communities,” said District Attorney Vance. “My Office and NYCLA understand that running a small business in this economy can be challenging, and made more so by laws and regulations that seem complex and confusing at times. We want to empower merchants with as much information as possible, and are committed to working with our partners in the community and the legal profession to ensure that local business owners have the necessary information to grow successful businesses, establish financial longevity, and build upon their own hard work and initiative.”
 
NYCLA President Barbara Moses said: “Many small business owners in New York lack the knowledge necessary to comply with the complex laws and regulations that can land them in trouble with the District Attorney's office. The workshops we have developed with the District Attorney’s Office, covering labor, tax compliance, construction law, and licensing, will help prevent this from happening.” 
 
The classes begin Tuesday, September 17th, and will address many of the issues and challenges facing small business owners, particularly those in immigrant communities who may not know where to turn for information about compliance with city and state tax laws and regulations. These workshops are confidential – no registration or sign-in is required to participate in the workshops – and will provide interested individuals with the opportunity to ask questions of experts in a safe environment. 
 
District Attorney Vance also offered several tips for small business owners:
 
  • Keep clear business records and consult an accountant.
  • Protect your business by obtaining workers’ compensation insurance.
  • Be fair to your employees by providing all benefits to which they are legally entitled.
  • File business tax returns in a timely manner and pay all taxes owed.
  • Obtain all required State and City business permits and licenses. 
 
The first four classes of the workshop series will be held at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association Chinese Community Center at 62 Mott Street. The final class will be held at NYCLA at 14 Vesey Street, with the eventual goal of making similar workshops available to communities across the borough. More information about the dates and times of the workshops is available below:
 
  • September 17, 2013: 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Maintaining business books and records
  • September 24, 2013: 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Proper Filing of State and City business taxes
  • October 1, 2013: 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Complying with requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Wage Protection Act, and the New York Construction Fair Play Act, as well as the filing of withholding returns, the payment of unemployment insurance tax, and the rules governing workers compensation
  • October 15, 2013: 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Obtaining and reviewing necessary licenses and permits issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Buildings, and information required by the Business Integrity Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Small Business Services
  • October 22, 2013: 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Education on immigration issues
 
The initiative is being spearheaded by Assistant District Attorney Gilda Mariani, Chief of the District Attorney’s Office’s Money Laundering and Tax Crimes Unit.
 
 
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