Is Your Side Hustle a Hobby or Business? 

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Is Your Side Hustle a Hobby or Business?  It’s so common these days for people to have a side hustle in addition to their regular job or business. And why not? A side hustle offers a great way to earn some additional income. That being said, a side hustle is sometimes less than an income...

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What Triggers an IRS Audit in California?

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What Triggers an IRS Audit in California? As a tax attorney, I can think of no other than these two words that invoke fear in the hearts of people: IRS audit. After all, nobody wants to receive a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stating their tax returns and financial matters are being investigated....

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The Ins and Outs of IRS Innocent Spouse Relief for California Taxpayers

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The Ins and Outs of IRS Innocent Spouse Relief for California Taxpayers As a tax attorney, I’m sometimes asked about IRS Innocent Spouse Relief and what it means for California taxpayers. IRS Innocent Spouse Relief is a provision that allows a taxpayer to be relieved from joint tax liabilities if their spouse or former spouse...

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California Tax-Sharing Transparency Bill Would Benefit Everyone

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California Tax-Sharing Transparency Bill Would Benefit Everyone California residents should know how much of their tax dollars are going to big-box retailers, local businesses, and the consultants who broker revenue-sharing deals with cities. That’s why a bill moving through the state legislature is such welcome news. In my latest article for Bloomberg Tax, Lauren Suarez and...

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Taxpayer Advocate Services: How They Can Help with an EDD Issue

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Taxpayer Advocate Services: How They Can Help with an EDD Issue I work with many San Francisco business owners and taxpayers who are either having issues with the Employment Development Department (EDD) or facing an EDD audit. If you receive an Inquiry Regarding Records notice from the EDD, your business has been selected for an...

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California Taxpayers Beware: Common IRS Penalties and How to Avoid Them

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California Taxpayers Beware: Common IRS Penalties and How to Avoid Them Tax season is here and in full swing. For many San Francisco business owners and taxpayers, navigating the complexities of taxes can be intimidating. And it can be especially daunting knowing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is keeping a close eye on your compliance....

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Beyond Benjamins: Unraveling the Mysteries of Form 8300

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Beyond Benjamins: Unraveling the Mysteries of Form 8300 It’s tax season and if you’re a San Francisco business owner, this time of year can be hectic as you compile your paperwork and prepare to file all the correct forms with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). One of the forms that many business owners are confused...

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5 More Misconceptions about the EDD

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5 More Misconceptions about the EDD Recently, I shared with you five misconceptions about the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and whether workers are considered employees. The EDD conducts California state payroll tax audits (commonly referred to as an EDD audit) when a San Francisco business has classified a worker as an independent contractor instead...

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Can the IRS Audit an International Business

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Can the IRS Audit an International Business We live in a global society and in today’s economy, businesses are increasingly expanding their operations beyond domestic borders. This offers fantastic opportunities to companies. But it also means there are legal and tax issues that business owners may face. As a San Francisco tax attorney, one question...

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