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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 June 25

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Many California businesses are downsizing or have closed permanently due to COVID-19. The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has released a detailed set of steps needed to fully close a CA business entity, including links to resources from the CA Secretary of State and other state departments. The FTB highlights the need to close out tax accounts by filing delinquent returns and paying all balances due on taxes, filing a current annual or quarterly return as final, filing the appropriate closure forms with different state agencies, notifying employees and other stakeholders of the intent to close and dissolving all accounts associate with the business. For more: https://bit.ly/37e3cjI

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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 […]

By |June 25th, 2020|business, ca, CA tax, ftb, New Tax Laws|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 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

Supporting You During the Coronavirus

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Dear clients, friends and community,

We understand there is a lot of anxiety and stress caused by the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic that is affecting the local and global community. As Sonoma County and the Bay Area have been put under a shelter in place order, we are doing everything we can to look after the health and safety of our staff and clients. We want you to know we are standing by your side during this crisis.

Certain essential businesses such as providers of healthcare, food, supplies, and financial services are exempt from the shelter in place order.  Because of the clients served by Linkenheimer LLP, we are also exempted from the order as an essential services provider. That being said, we are implementing strategies to reduce contact and mitigate exposure.

Currently, our offices will remain open during regular business hours. However, for the protection and health of our staff, clients and community we are implementing a strategy that involves most of our staff working from home. We are also asking documents be sent to us electronically, rather than delivered in person. In person meetings, when possible, should be conducted electronically, whether via video […]

Do You Have a California Business That Collects Sales Tax?

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California businesses that collect sales tax from customers must correctly report the sales and remit the tax on time or face a possible 25% fraud penalty. The CA Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) found that one restaurant owner significantly underreported sales and underpaid the related sales tax. On that basis, the CDTFA determined that he was not only subject to the 25% fraud penalty, but that he also met the criteria for a higher penalty of 40%. That is, evidence showed he knowingly collected sales tax to be remitted and failed to remit the full tax collected; also, the amount exceeded an established threshold. The CA Office of Tax Appeals upheld the penalty. If you have questions, please contact your Linkenheimer CPA.

By |December 11th, 2019|business, ca, CA tax, sales tax|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

Certain California Residents May Soon Be Contacted By a State Tax Agency

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Beginning in late September and during October 2019 the CA Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will be sending 66,500 Notices of Assessment to taxpayers who filed as head-of-household but don’t qualify for that status. Taxpayers who disagree with the Notice of Proposed Assessment may log onto https://bit.ly/2k5JFOs. You may need to create an account. Or, contact the FTB by mail at Franchise Tax Board, PO Box 942840, Sacramento, CA 94240-5340, to file a protest. If you have questions, please contact your Linkenheimer CPA with questions.

By |September 18th, 2019|ca, CA tax|0 Comments

Are You Engaged in Internet Sales in California?

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Are you engaged in Internet sales in California? In light of changes to sales and use tax that became effective in April, some retailers may not be certain if they must collect and pay over sales and use tax based on aspects of their businesses. The CA Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration has updated Publication 109 (Internet Sales) to add clarity on many issues. One key change is the addition of details that defines what “engaged in business” in CA means and doesn’t mean. For example, “Offering merchandise for sale over the phone, by mail order, or online will generally not, by itself, cause a retailer to be engaged in business in CA.” Go to https://bit.ly/2OClJka and scroll down. If you have questions or would like more info, please contact your Linkenheimer CPA. 

By |August 22nd, 2019|sales tax|0 Comments

New Application Period for a Valuable California Business Tax Credit

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Coming up soon is a new application period for a valuable California business tax credit. The CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has announced that, for fiscal year 2019-2020, a total of $236,808,527 in CA Competes Tax Credits is available.  Learn more about applying here:  https://bit.ly/2nxiNGc.  Applications will be accepted during the following periods: July 29 through August 19, 2019 ($90 million total); January 6 through January 27, 2020 ($75 million total); and March 9 through March 30, 2020 ($71.8 million, plus unallocated amounts from previous periods). This credit is an income or franchise tax credit available to businesses that come, stay or expand in CA. If you have questions or are interested in applying, please contact your Linkenheimer CPA.

By |July 22nd, 2019|business, tax credit|0 Comments