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Supreme Court Rules In FTB’s Favor in Dicon Case

Thursday, April 26th, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News


In an unanimous opinion today, the California Supreme Court ruled  that the FTB can in fact audit behind the EZ voucher.  The voucher certificate is no longer considered “prima facie” evidence that the worker is qualified for the EZ program.  The opinion states:

We reverse the Court of Appeal’s holding that a certification issued by a governmental agency for purposes of the hiring tax credit under Revenue and Taxation Code section 23622.7 constitutes “prima facie proof of a worker is a ‘qualified employee,’ ” which shifts to the Franchise Tax board the “burden of demonstrating an employee is not a qualified worker for which no voucher should have issued. ” In all other respects, the Franchise Tax Board does not challenge the Court of Appeal’s judgment, and it is affirmed. Majority Opinion by Liu, J. — joined by Cantil-Sakauye, C.J., Kennard, Baxter, Werdegar, Chin, and Corrigan, JJ.

Enterprise Zones the One Bright Spot in an Otherwise Tough California Business Climate

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News


In a recent survey, ”almost three-fourths (73%) of California firms that do business in multiple states say it is harder doing business in the Golden State than in other states, according to the 2012 business climate survey of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education.  That finding is higher than in 2011 (57%) or in 2010 (63%). The study of 699 businesses is sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce. No one in the 2012 survey said California is an easier place to do business.”

Respondents are “overwhelmingly unimpressed by California’s state government. Only 2% could name a state action in the past year that helped make it easier to run their business.  Among the action named were enterprise zone tax credits, worker’s compensation reform and minimum-wage increase failed.”

Read the full OC Register article.

Court of Appeal Affirms FTB’s Position Re Sales or Use Tax Credit for Current Expense Assets

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News


The Second District Court of Appeals today ruled that the enterprise zone sales and use tax credit of Revenue and Taxation Code Sec. 23612.2 is not available in connection with the purchase of current expense assets, but rather only with the purchase of capital assets.  Read the full opinion.

Dicon Case Set For Oral Argument

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News


The California Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument in the Dicon case for Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in San Francisco.

Brown’s Budget Claims It Will Reform Enterprise Zone Program

Thursday, January 5th, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News


Brown’s budget released today only hints at future reform measures to the Enterprise Zone program.  Perhaps after getting rid of RDAs, the unions are a bit gunshy about outwardly attempting getting rid of another vehicle that has anything to do with jobs while the economy struggles.  Here is what the budget said about Enterprise Zones:

“The resulting stability from a balanced budget will give businesses the certainty and the reassurance they need to invest in California. In addition, the Administration will propose legislation to reform the enterprise zone program and move to a mandatory single sales factor for apportioning multistate business income. Such changes will allow the state to afford investments in manufacturing, business incentives, and other tax relief.”

Governor Brown To Release His Budget Today

Thursday, January 5th, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News


From the Sacramento Bee:

Gov. Jerry Brown will release his budget today at 2:30 p.m. after his administration mistakenly posted the document on the Department of Finance website.
The projected budget deficit is $9.2 billion through June 2013, according to sources who have seen the document.
The Democratic governor was scheduled to release the budget on Tuesday and dismissed reporters’ questions this morning about his plan, saying he wanted to be sure the media would show up for next week’s release.
The budget announcement will be streamed online live at his website.

Wounded Warriors WOTC

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News


The 2011 Heroes Act expands the WOTC to include:

  • Employers that hire veterans who have been looking for employment for more than six months may be eligible for a Returning Heroes Tax Credit of up to $5,600 per employee; employers that hire veterans who have been looking for employment for less than six months may be eligible for a credit of up to $2,400 per employee.
  • Employers that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been looking for employment for more than six months may be eligible for a Wounded Warriors Tax Credit of up to $9,600 per employee.

 The credits apply to individuals who begin work after November 21, 2011 and on or before December 31, 2012. Keep in mind that the Heroes Act does not extend WOTC’s current December 31, 2011 sunset date for all other potentially elilgible WOTC participaants.

San Bernardino EZ Expands

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News


Effective November 8, 2011, the SBVEC has expanded by about 4 square miles.  Read the full story.

HCD Alert!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News

Today the HCD issued this press release regarding implementation of new policies, including a moratorium on new zones.  The stated aim of the new policy memorandum is to make the EZ more accountable, efficient and consistent with the Governor’s May budget revise, i.e. a push by the unions to undercut the EZ program from within.  The legal analysis is beginning on the HCD’s claim that the law allows for “up to” 42 zones which if read in the correct light, means phasing out the program.   Read the memo here.

Labor’s Attempt to Limit EZ Credits Fails in Committee

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News


In today’s Daily Journal:

A bill intended to close a loophole in existing law that lets companies relocate to another city within the state to gain lucrative tax credits failed to pass out of a legislative committee yesterday.

Assembly Bill 1278, authored by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, was inspired by a company, VWR International, that is ditching Brisbane to relocate to an enterprise zone in the city of Visalia.

But Hill failed to get the four votes needed to move the bill past the committee stage.

“The bill was not supported by the chair. I thought I could do it now and was looking for one Republican to support it,” Hill said.

The state Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy is chaired by Manuel Perez, D-Coachella. Perez’s Assembly District includes Imperial County, which officially opposed Hill’s legislation.


Perez’s 80th Assembly District covers all of Imperial County and parts of Riverside County and the area’s high jobless figures prompted him to vote against Hill’s bill.

“Coming from a community with unemployment over 20 percent and that has historically suffered from a lack of private investment and jobs, I’m always concerned about the impacts of business closures on families and communities. My vote today does not reflect my lack of concern about this issue but rather the importance of pushing for a broader enterprise zone reform agenda,” Perez wrote to the Daily Journal in an email.

AB 1278 represented a piecemeal approach, which Perez believes would undermine efforts to reform the enterprise zone program.

“I initiated the reform conversation more than a year ago and the negotiation includes a number of issues such as business relocation and the tighter targeting of business incentives. Some of the reform proposals are in my bills, AB 231 and AB 1411. I hope my actions today will induce labor and business to come back to the table,” he continued in the email.

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