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Common Tax Issues for Small Businesses

Small businesses, of which there are thousands in California, spend the highest percentage of time of any business entity preparing and submitting taxes. Federal, state, and local tax requirements are extremely complex and change every year. Multiple agencies administer different taxes, and each has its own set of rules and methods of payment. It is no wonder that small business owners often...
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Do You Need California Sales Tax Defense?

The Board of Equalization is the California public organization that administers the state sales and use tax law and regulations. The BOE also conducts audits, collects unpaid California state sales and use taxes, and administers the state property tax. There are presumptions of the tax code that the BOE follows in its operation and decision-making process. The BOE presumes: All sales are...
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Why Do I Owe State Taxes?

California is one of 43 states that collects state income taxes and currently has the highest state income tax rate in the U.S. at 13.3%. It comes in fourth for combined income and sales tax rates at 11.2%, behind New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. We are here to explore the common reasons for higher state taxes in California and ways to ease the bite they take from your earnings and...
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Tax Help for Seniors: How Taxes Change as You Get Older

Taxes may be certain, but they are not immune to change. As you age, your tax situation will alter. Understanding the myriad rules around senior deductions, eligibility for various credits and the ways in which pensions and investments are taxed can be daunting, but a little knowledge goes a long way to ensuring that your golden years are comfortable and financially secure.
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Who Can Get a California Sales Tax Exemption?

If you own a business which produces tangible goods, then you are obligated to pay sales tax to the Board of Equalization. There are, however, a number of exemptions to this rule, some of which apply to various types of goods and others which attach to certain buyers.  It is important to understand which types of business can get a partial or full sales tax exemption and the consequences for...
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Circular 230: An Overview

Circular 230[1] is a publication of the U.S. Treasury regulations that include the rules that govern the practice of licensed professionals before the Internal Revenue Service.[2] These rules apply to those qualified and licensed to prepare tax returns and provide legal advice to do certain things within the boundaries of the field, including this San Diego tax attorney. The rules both encourage...
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IRS Form 1099: Informational Returns - Part Two

Continued from: IRS Form 1099: Informational Returns - Part One
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IRS Form 1099: Informational Returns - Part One

Information returns are tax documents that businesses are required to file to report certain business transactions. Businesses are required to file these reports to the Internal Revenue Service. The requirement to file information returns is mandated by IRS and related regulations. “Any person, including a corporation, partnership, individual, estate, and trust, who make reportable transactions...
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Checklist For Choosing a Tax Preparer

I have prepared a list of tips to help you chose a tax preparer and to make sure they are doing the job that you hired them for.
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How to Choose an IRS Tax Return Preparer – Part Two

In addition, I wanted to discuss IRS tax return preparers that I will identify as “others.” This would include enrolled agents, bookkeepers, and national tax preparation chains. Let us be clear from the outset: I know several of these individuals who are excellent and who I would trust with my own return (if the need for someone else to prepare my return ever arose). These people often make a...
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