Why Hiring a Tax Attorney is Cost Effective and Not Scary

Categories: California Tax Law

Why Hiring a Tax Attorney is Cost Effective and Not Scary For some people, just hearing the word attorney strikes fear deep into their soul. This is especially true when it comes to taxes and dealing with the IRS. So many individuals think working with a lawyer is a costly and scary prospect. In fact,...

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How Do I Appeal an EDD Assessment?

Categories: California Tax Law

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How Do I Appeal an EDD Assessment? *The following article was updated in February 2022* One of the most common questions I receive is how can California business owners and taxpayers appeal an EDD audit assessment. It’s a great question and one that should be addressed with an experienced tax attorney. Before I share the...

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How are Bonuses Taxed in California?

Categories: California Tax Law

How Are Bonuses Taxed In California? There’s always something very exciting when you hear you’ll be receiving a bonus from your employer. However, that excitement can often lead to disappointment when you realize you not only have to pay taxes on the bonus, but oftentimes, it’s more tax than expected. Additionally, the tax rates can...

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What is an EDD Benefit Audit?

Categories: California Tax Law

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What is an EDD Benefit Audit? *The following article was updated in February 2022* If you’re a business based in California — San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego — you’ve likely had dealings with the Employment Development Department (EDD). It is the responsibility of the EDD to collect payroll taxes, and it conducts payroll...

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What Should I Do if I Get Hit With an EDD Audit?

Categories: California Tax Law

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What Should I Do if I Get Hit With an EDD Audit? *The following article was updated in February 2022* If you’re a business owner and taxpayer in California, you may have heard the term EDD audit recently. Or perhaps you’ve faced this tax audit first-hand. If you’re not familiar with the term, an EDD...

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How Long Can You Stay in California Without Being a Resident?

Categories: California Tax Law

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How Long Can You Stay in California Without Being a Resident? *The following article was updated in February 2022* With its near-perfect weather and proximity to the Pacific Ocean, California is one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. But with the promises of California gold also brings an expensive cost...

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Is VPDI Deductible on Schedule A of a Tax Return?

Categories: California Tax Law

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Voluntary Plan for Disability Insurance (VDPI) *The following article was updated in February 2022* When it comes to California tax returns, there are a lot of questions about what expenses are deductible and what are not. One area that is often asked about is the Voluntary Plan for Disability Insurance (VDPI). Let’s look at what...

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What Triggers an EDD Audit?

Categories: California Tax Law

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What Triggers an EDD Audit? *The following article was updated in February 2022* If you’re a California business owner and taxpayer, and if you’ve ever hired an independent contractor, then you should be familiar with an EDD audit. These California Employment Development Department (EDD) state payroll audits occur when a business has classified a worker...

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Does Prize Money get Taxed?

Categories: Federal Tax

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Does Prize Money get Taxed? *The following article was updated in February 2022* A common question people have about taxes is whether prize money is considered taxable income. And further, whether athletes pay tax on prize money. Here’s a look at how the IRS and the state of California classify prize money when it comes...

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