As a marketing ploy, some court reporting firms give staff of law firms $25, $50 and even $200 if you set a deposition with that firm. There are "gifts" of trips, Dom Perignon, and one firm I know of gives $50 to any paralegal, legal secretary, assistant who takes a deposition off of one court reporting firm's calendar to put it on their own. Obviously, the dollars can add up quickly. The question becomes: Who is going to pay the taxes for this practice? The law firm? The individual accepting the money? ~ From "Attorneys Beware! IRS Tax Consequences for Law Firms Accepting 'Gifts' From Court Reporting Firms," published by Kramm Court Reporting (JDSupra).
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