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California Payroll Tax Audits and the General Ledger

During a payroll tax audit, the EDD is next going to go through the business’s general ledger in detail, the general ledger is important because the general ledger contains a record of all the payments the business made during the audit period in question. When the auditor goes through the general ledger, they are going to be looking for a couple of different things. Number one, is they're...
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California Payroll Tax Audits and Defending Independent Contractors

You may be familiar with or have heard of a twelve-factor test or a three-factor test or a lot of different tests that the EDD supposedly uses to classify independent contractors. Through my years of professional experience and time spent in a lot of California payroll tax audits, I will just tell you that a lot of this stuff is bogus. Audits of independent contractors essentially come down to...
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Sales Tax Mistakes to Be Aware of and How to Avoid Them

As a retailer or other seller of products, you have a lot of details to attend to but one of the most important, often most complex, is your sales and use tax obligations. Sometimes determining sales tax is like peeling an onion; just when you think you have found all the nuances, there is another layer to contend with. Non-payment of sales and use tax comes with stiff fines, potential jail...
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What to Do If You Miss the Tax Filing Deadline

Uh oh. It is now after April 18th, and you did not file your taxes. What do you do? If you are expecting a refund, you don’t sweat it because you do not get penalized for not filing in this case. You won’t get your refund until you do file, but otherwise, the IRS is not going to come after you for your paperwork. (If you wait until after April 18, 2020, though, the IRS keeps your refund, so...
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What Sales Are Subject to Sales Tax?

Nearly all states in the U.S. charge sales tax on items sold, California is no different in that regard. Sales taxes go into the general fund to help pay for education, health care, public pensions, and other programs. Sales taxes can also be collected for special programs or specific areas of the state.
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Common Tax Filing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

It is time once again for that annual rite of passage for every taxpayer: getting the tax return and payment to the IRS on time. If you have already filed and paid your taxes, you are to be congratulated. Hopefully, you have not made mistakes or, if you have, then your early filing may give you a cushion for correcting them before the tax deadline.
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How a Tax Attorney Can Help With Your Income Taxes

Most of the time, taxpayers can handle personal income taxes without too much trouble but there are times when a tax attorney can be either a handy resource or a required partner. Both the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) can get quite aggressive when the rules are not followed, even when taxpayers are doing their best.
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What's the Difference Between Federal and State Business Taxes?

Every business pays a variety of taxes to the federal government and the state of California. The type of tax, the structure of the business, and the amount of money received or earned dictates the amount of the tax. The following post outlines the various taxes collected by the state and federal governments, the tax rates, and how often the taxes must be paid. The information is provided by...
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Your Rights as a Taxpayer with the Board of Equalization

The Board of Equalization (BOE) administers the tax program for both business and property taxes for the State of California. Business taxes include: Sales and use tax Fuel tax Cigarette tax Alcoholic beverage tax Business taxpayers may take up their concerns directly with the main office of the BOE while property tax concerns are addressed by the local county office. When you deal with the...
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Do I Qualify for Innocent Spouse Relief?

When you sign a joint tax return with your spouse, you are signing a legal document that holds both signatories in "joint and several liability" for the information on the return. In other words, each of you can be held liable for the entire tax amount, including penalties and interest if you underpay or do not pay at all. But what if your spouse underpaid your joint taxes without your...
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