What is an employee’s liability regarding employer actions?

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What is an employee’s liability regarding employer actions?

The company I work for is heading towards bankruptcy. My boss has had me file her sales tax returns online with the BOE for her. When I did so, I put my name as the person who filed it. My boss however has not sent in the payment due and she has received a collection notice and it states “upon termination of a business, corporate offiecrs or other person responsible for the filing of the returns or the payment of the tax who willfully fail to pay the tax due, will be held personally liable for any taxes as well as interest and penalties”. There is no way they can go after me is there? I am freaked out because I have no control over the money, it’s not my company, I’m just an hourly employee but yet I filed the return.

Asked on November 14, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, California

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Based upon what you have written you have no personal liability with respect to the matter that you have written with respect to your employer. Your employer would be responsible for any fall out with respect to the matter that you have written about under the law.


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