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Amazon Seller Disclosure To The California Tax And Fee Administration

Many Amazon sellers received an e-mail notification from Amazon this week with the subject “Disclosure to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration” stating that Amazon has been served with a legal demand from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA), and that the company has until November 6th to turn over all Amazon seller information and any tax...
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California Payroll Tax Audits and Employee Reimbursements

One of the biggest problems that we come across in payroll audits is employee reimbursements and independent contractor reimbursements. A lot of the times what will happen is an employee will get paid a normal paycheck and then they will spend their own money outside the context of the business to buy materials, to buy supplies, go post office do whatever. The business will write the employee...
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EDD Independent Contractor Test

After verifying payroll and payroll tax withholdings, the EDD will next go through and verify all the workers that the business issued 1099s to. This is what is known as the EDD Independent Contractor Test. First, the EDD auditor will go through each 1099 worker in detail, one by one. Even 1099’s that were issued to businesses, landlords and others that are clearly not subject to payroll tax...
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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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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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How to File an Appeal with the California Board of Equalization

The California Board of Equalization has audited you and found potential underpayment of taxes, fees, or additional amounts the BOE determines you owe. Your next step is to meet with the BOE supervisor and then the District Principal Auditor. If you do not convince them that the results are in error, you can file an appeal.
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What to Do if the EDD Takes Your Money

The California Employment Development Department can legally withhold money owed to you by the state for repayment of debt.  In other words, either through error or willful action, you owe a monetary debt to the State of California. The EDD is within its legal rights to withhold money from a variety of programs and tax refunds if you do not pay up. It works with the California Franchise Tax...
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What is a Sales Tax Nexus and How Does It Affect My Business?

  A state may create legislation requiring a seller with nexus in that state to pay tax on sales of tangible property within the state. What is nexus and how does it affect your business?
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The California Franchise Tax Board and Business Income Taxes

California can be an expensive state in which to do business. Small businesses in the state are particularly hard hit under the state tax laws. California has a higher than average state income tax imposed on business and personal income, plus it engages in double-taxation when it comes to business entities structured so that the income passes through to the owner. The Franchise Tax Board is...
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How the California Sales Tax Rate is Determined

New sales and use tax rates for the state of California have gone into effect January 1, 2017. You may be wondering how the rates are set and why they seem to vary across the state. Here is a brief review of the sales and use tax and then we will break down how California sets its sales tax rate and the various elements that impact the rate.
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