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New Voucher Application Fee Goes Into Effect Today

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News


Sarting toda, the new HCD voucher fees are in effect.  Every application to the state will now cost $15 instead of $10.  Here is the HCD’s Voucher Fee Increase Memo.

Tax News and Updates for June 2010

Monday, June 7th, 2010 | Tax News

Heads-Up – Changes in Pass-through Entity Return Penalties

Recently signed legislation, SB 401, changed the partnership late filing penalty and added a new late filing penalty for S corporation returns.  / more+

How do I Report a Short Sale?

In prior issues of Tax News we have addressed several issues related to foreclosures. In our February 2010 issue, we addressed how the State of California civil procedures interact with the Internal Revenue Code 108.  / more+

Tax Relief to Baja California Quake Victims

We offer taxpayers affected by the Baja California earthquake in the federally-declared disaster area special tax relief.  / more+

Statutes of Limitations on Assessments

This is the first in a series of four articles on Statutes of Limitations (SOL) that relate to California tax law. This month’s article addresses common SOLs for assessments unrelated to federal action.  / more+

Available Now: Free California Source Income Withholding Webinar in June 2010

We will host a free California source income withholding webinar in June 2010. The topic is Property Management Withholding. / more+

IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Registration Available!

Join tax professionals from across the country for three days of the latest tax law information, hands-on workshops, networking opportunities, and exhibits of the latest tax products and financial services to improve your business.  / more+

Small Business

Does Your Client Know that the Estimated Tax Payment Percentages Changed for 2010?

In 2009, the estimated payment percentages were 30 percent, 30 percent, 20 percent, and 20 percent for respective quarters. For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2010, the estimated tax payment percentages have changed for individuals and corporations.  / more+

Ask the Advocate

What You Should Know About FTB Wage Garnishments

An Earnings Withholding Order for Taxes (EWOT) is a continuing wage garnishment on earnings due to a taxpayer from an employer and is subject to the provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure Section 706.010 et seg.   / more+

Inside FTB

Take a look at the changes happening here at FTB.  / more+

Criminal Corner

Our monthly summary on bringing tax criminals to justice, and closing the tax gap one case at a time.  / more+

Big Business

Estimated Fee for LLCs Due

For most calendar year LLCs, June 15 is the date that their 2010 estimated LLC fee is due. For fiscal year LLCs, the estimated fee is due on the 15th day of the sixth month of the current taxable year. LLCs use Form 3536, Estimated Fee for LLCs, to make their estimated fee payments.  / more+

Will California Get "Radical" About Business Growth

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 | Tax News

With soaring unemployment and increased competition from other states around the nation, California needs to make some drastic changes to how it deals with local businesses. Greg O’Sullivan from Redding.com, has proposed three ‘radical’ changes that he believes that California needs to make in order to attract new corporate and job growth:

1. Temporarily lower corporate income tax rates by 50 percent.

Thirty-four states have lower corporate tax rates compared to California. For example, we could lower the rate by half to companies that are willing to invest in new facilities and equipment in California over the next five years. The result would be a staggering increase in personal income taxes, sales and local property taxes. It’s a little like the “Big Box Theory” of merchandising, where profits are derived from volume. The new jobs, investment and increased economic activity are certain to far exceed the unrealized corporate taxes from collecting the full 8.8 percent from our existing employers that are fleeing the state or closing due to out-of-state competition.

2. Exempt manufacturing facilities from prevailing wage rates.

What if just one of our California gubernatorial candidates stood up and said we will suspend the prevailing wage rule to any manufacturing company that invests in new facilities and receives a public investment, inducement or incentive? The way it works presently is that if the city of Redding offers free land at Stillwater Business Park to a manufacturer to build a facility, prevailing wage rates are triggered, increasing labor costs by an estimated 20 percent. Nevermind that the actual manufacturing facility is built with private sector capital and that the Stillwater infrastructure was already subject to prevailing wages. Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to a genuine “public works” project where the majority of the project is tied directly to public funding, the prevailing wage rule should apply. Case in point: stimulus-funded projects.

3. Recognize the value of California enterprise zones.

Forty-two California enterprise zones are located throughout the state. Communities like Shasta County received these designations from the state through a competitive process. While zones have similar goals for improving the economic vitality of their communities, each is unique in the local incentives and special assistance it provides to the businesses located within the zone boundaries. Each year, the Legislature holds hearings on whether to continue the enterprise zone program. Most of us who compete for job-creation projects with other states know that the EZ program is the only real incentive offered by California. I agree that California can ill afford to waste money on programs that do not work. However, the state’s enterprise zone program has proven to deliver measurable benefits. Last year participating local companies hired more than 1,600 employees to receive an estimated $19 million in hiring tax credits. These same companies plow the tax savings back in their businesses in the form of new equipment, facilities and, of course, jobs. Reducing or eliminating the enterprise zone program would be extremely shortsighted. Even discussing it at a state level sends the message of uncertainty to existing or new companies considering California for future business investment.

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