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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

The Minimum Wage is to Rise in Sonoma, California

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The minimum wage is to rise in Sonoma, California. The city of Sonoma will gradually increase the hourly minimum wage for both small and large employers. Here’s the schedule of hourly rates for employers with up to 25 workers: $12.50 on Jan. 1, 2020; $14.00 on Jan. 1, 2021; $15.00 on Jan. 1, 2022; and $16.00 on Jan. 1, 2023. For larger employers, the schedule of hourly rates is as follows: $13.50 on Jan. 1, 2020; $15.00 on Jan. 1, 2021; $16.00 on Jan. 1, 2022; and $17.00 in 2023. Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, the minimum wage rate for all employees will increase by 3.5%, or a percentage set by a separate Council of the City of Sonoma resolution (whichever is less). Contact your Linkenheimer CPA with your questions.

By |July 15th, 2019|business, employer|0 Comments

California Franchise Tax Board has Launched New Website

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A new California state website just went live, with new features. As the CA Franchise Tax Board announced not long ago, its new website went live on Sunday, June 23. The site focuses on tasks, instead of customer types (individuals, businesses, tax professionals). Now that the site is up and running, you may use it to request forms online. According to Frequently Asked Questions about the site, 95% of the content that was on the old website will still be there, but forms from before 2007 will be gone. Interested parties can obtain older forms through an online process. For more info: https://bit.ly/2F1PKjW

By |June 26th, 2019|CA tax, california, ftb|0 Comments

Disabled Veterans in California Get a Tax Break

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Disabled veterans in California get a tax break. The California State Board of Equalization has announced increases in the property exemption amounts and the household income limit for disabled veterans’ exemptions for 2020. For the 2020 assessment year, the exemption amounts are $143,273 for the basic exemption (up from $139,437 for 2019) and $214,910 for the low-income exemption (up from $209,156 for 2019). The household income limit for those claiming the low-income exemption is $64,337 (up from $62,6147 for 2019). Contact your Linkenheimer CPA with questions.

By |June 3rd, 2019|tax planning, taxpayer|0 Comments

Disaster Relief Continues for Certain Californians

Disaster relief continues for certain Californians. The CA Franchise Tax Board has updated its Disaster Loss webpage, for victims of storms and fires that plagued the state in recent months. The updated list now includes many CA counties that suffered storm damage in 2019, and several counties which suffered wildfires in late 2018. Taxpayers directly affected by federally declared disasters may be eligible for tax relief, including extensions of time to file and pay taxes until 4/30/19. If you have questions, please contact your Linkenheimer CPA. Here’s the full list and more information: https://bit.ly/298JVSt 

By |April 11th, 2019|disaster, tax, tax planning|0 Comments