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California Tax Updates for July 8th

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Interest rates set on overdue payroll tax in California. For the period beginning July 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020, the rate will be 5% compounded daily, according to the CA Employment Development Department. The rate is adjusted semiannually.

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A California apparel designer loses a tax credit fight in court. CA companies that engage in qualified research and development (R&D) activities may be entitled to a credit on their CA tax returns. In one case, a women’s apparel design company filed for tax refunds for 2008 through 2011, based on claims for R&D credits in those years. The credit related to projects, which the CA Franchise Tax Board (FTB) said didn’t satisfy a requirement known as the experimentation process test. The credits were disallowed. The taxpayer sought a rehearing in the CA Office of Tax Appeals. The Appeals Court agreed with the FTB and upheld the decision to disallow the credit. (Swat-Fame, Inc. 5/20/20) If you […]

By |July 8th, 2020|ca, CA tax, california, payments, research credit, tax credit|0 Comments

California Tax Updates for July 2nd

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Businesses that hold unclaimed property in California get extra time to file reports. Due to COVID-19, the CA State Controller (SCO) has postponed the due date for holders of such property, including unclaimed wages, to submit their Remit Reports and Remittances for properties reported on their 2019 Notice Reports. Regarding the June 1-15 period for holders to submit their reports and remittances for properties reported on 2019 Notice Reports is extended from June 1, 2020, to August 15, 2020. Holders or agents of holders who are able to submit their Remit Reports and remittances during the original reporting period are encouraged to do so. Contact your Linkenheimer CPA with questions.

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As Tax Day approaches, the Franchise Tax Board offers tips to help Californians prepare to file by the July 15 deadline. Among other things, the tips include the following: COVID-19 relief […]

By |July 2nd, 2020|california, tax deadlines|0 Comments

California Tax Updates for June 18

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Have you wondered what the California Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate actually does? The CA Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration just released a report highlighting the accomplishments of the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate’s Office (TRAO). The annual report for 2018 through 2019 gives examples of the services it provides, and information about the tax appeals assistance programs. Also listed are the goals of the Advocate, including a primary goal of ensuring that taxpayers contacting the office with issues that haven’t been resolved through normal channels have their concerns promptly and fairly addressed. Here’s the TRAO report: https://bit.ly/37cwSxS

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California sales and use tax deadlines are coming up soon. The CA Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) reminds sales and use taxpayers that June 24, 2020, is the filing due date for the May 1 through June 15, 2020 prepayment; and June 30, 2020, is the […]

By |June 18th, 2020|business, ca, CA tax, california, sales tax|0 Comments

California Tax Updates for May 21st

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Do you still have questions about how California helps those affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? The CA Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has just updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) by adding a section on the individual status letter (also known as a veteran affairs status letter). These letters help individuals get student loans or Veteran Affairs financing. They also show third parties such as employers that the letter holder has no outstanding CA income tax obligations. If you have questions, please contact your Linkenheimer CPA. You can also learn who may obtain an individual status letter and how, and get answers to a wide variety of questions by visiting the FTB here: https://bit.ly/2AuMxwb 

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Are you part of the California gig economy? The CA Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has updated its gig economy webpage, which it created to provide information to those who use platforms such as Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and […]

By |May 21st, 2020|ca, CA tax, california, ftb|0 Comments

California Tax Updates for April 22

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The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has posted frequently asked questions (FAQs), related to tax relief due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The list addresses topics such as: information returns, extensions to file; the postponement periods of March 12 through July 15, 2020; statutes of limitations, and more. Even more recent additions to FAQ topics are: nonresidential nonwage withholding and real estate withholding. Check the latest FAQ here: https://bit.ly/3e2q9cA or contact us with questions.

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An extension of time has been issued for California taxpayers to accomplish certain tasks, from the CA Franchise Tax Board (FTB), due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). They include claiming a refund, filing a protest of a notice of proposed assessment (NPA) with the FTB, and filing an appeal or petition for a rehearing with the Office of Tax Appeals. The extension also gives the FTB extra […]

By |April 22nd, 2020|california, ftb, irs, New Tax Laws|0 Comments

California Tax Updates for April 15th

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Special tax relief is available for certain filing and payment deadlines, said the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The FTB has posted on its website a spreadsheet of certain filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and businesses entities. The spreadsheet has been updated to include information on real estate withholding, nonresident, nonwage, withholding and foreign partner or member withholding. https://bit.ly/2yoWpGK

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Small California businesses get interest-free payment plans for sales tax, effective April 2. Governor Gavin Newsom is allowing businesses with sales less than $5 million to defer payment of sales and use taxes, up to $50,000, for up to 12 months, said the CA Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) (other help may also be available for larger tax liabilities). For taxpayers choosing to defer their first quarter 2020 liability, for example, their tax liability would be paid in 12 monthly installments, with the […]

By |April 15th, 2020|business, ca, CA tax, california, New Tax Laws, tax deadlines|0 Comments

California COVID-19 Tax Updates and the WARN Act

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An important employment law, the WARN Act, is suspended in California for now. The WARN Act requires employers with 75 or more employees to provide 60 days’ written notice of a mass layoff, relocation or termination affecting 50 or more employees. CA Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order suspending the law in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Per the order, businesses must still provide employees with written notice, but are not subject to the 60-day advanced notice. Employers must give as much notice as practicable and must contain a brief statement that the termination is COVID-19-related. Here’s more: https://bit.ly/3aizZVA

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California Governor Gavin Newsom recently issued an executive order on the coronavirus (COVID-19) including certain tax relief. His order suspends interest and penalties for individuals and businesses who are unable to file a timely tax return or make timely payments due to compliance with COVID-19 guidance. Suspension gives taxpayers […]

By |April 1st, 2020|california, employer, filing deadline, New Tax Laws|0 Comments

Minimum Wage Raised in City of Petaluma

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A local minimum wage raise is coming for employees of the City of Petaluma. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the hourly minimum wage rate for employers with 26 or more employees will be $15.00, and $14.00 for employers with fewer than 26 employees. By ordinance, the minimum wage must be adjusted annually, based on the Bay Area Consumer Price Index. This ordinance applies to all employees who work two or more hours per week in Petaluma and are covered by state minimum wage law. It doesn’t apply to federal, state or county agencies or school districts. A youth minimum wage rate applies to those who are ages 14 to 17 during the first 160 hours of employment in occupations new to them. If you have any questions, please contact your Linkenheimer CPA.

By |December 3rd, 2019|ca, CA tax, california|0 Comments

Affected by the Power Outages? Tax Relief May Be Available.

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Some tax relief is available for California taxpayers affected by the frequent power shutoffs that plague the state. The CA Franchise Tax Board is advising taxpayers impacted by the safety-related power blackouts that began in October 2019 that they may be eligible for penalty relief if the penalties are due to the shutoffs. Taxpayers in impacted counties may request penalty abatement upon a showing of reasonable cause. For details, go to https://bit.ly/2PzCN9r and arrow down to “Extended deadlines.” If you have questions about how the shut offs may have affected you or your business with concerns related to tax payments or penalties, please contact your Linkenheimer CPA. 

Some California Employers in Sonoma and Los Angeles Counties Get Extra Time for Tax Responsibilities

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Some California employers in Sonoma and Los Angeles Counties get extra time for tax responsibilities, says the CA Employment Development Dept. (EDD). Those employers who were directly affected by the Kincade and Tick fires, which began on Oct. 23, may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and deposit payroll taxes without penalty or interest. To get an extension, a written request from the employer must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. Please contact your Linkenheimer CPA with questions or for more info: https://bit.ly/331PygJ