What is a California Residency Audit?

Categories: California Tax Law

Recently, I’ve gotten a lot of phone calls from people wanting to leave California. They don’t want to deal with the taxes or the regulation. And people call and want to know about residency audits. The State of California has three classifications for an individual: you’re a resident, you’re a non-resident, or you’re a partial-year…

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Understanding IRS International Compliance: The Streamline Program

Categories: IRS

Understanding the IRS international compliance problems can be daunting. Some people are born in another country, have family members in another country, somebody passes away. Now they have a bank account or a piece of property that’s in their name. There are certain requirements when you file your tax return, you need to disclose these…

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Do I Have to Pay California Income Tax If I’m Moving?

Categories: California Tax Law

Most people don’t want to pay California taxes. They end up contacting me because they are going to move to Florid, Texas or Nevada. I warn them to make sure they actually decided to relocate, move their family, move their house, move their driver’s license, move their car registration. If they’re actually moving and intend…

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What Happens if You Receive an EDD Audit Notice?

Categories: California Tax Law

Receiving an EDD audit notice can be a scary thing. The reason why you need to take it so seriously is because there’s a potential personal liability. When you go through an EDD audit, the EDD is generally looking to reclassify workers. You have paid somebody as an independent contractor. You believe they’re an independent…

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Are You Taking Payroll Tax Seriously?

Categories: Payroll Tax

I get so excited about payroll taxes because most business owners don’t understand how serious it is. If you have an employee working for you, and you are withholding their payroll taxes, you have a duty to pay that money over to the government. Sometimes business owners are struggling and the funds that they have…

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What are the California EDD and CDTFA Departments?

Categories: California Tax Law

In the state of California, we have a sales tax department and a payroll tax department, thee EDD and the CDTFA. These agencies are so important to explain to business owners, how serious these audits can be. If you end up owing either one of these agencies money, whether for payroll taxes — whether you…

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The Four Types of IRS Audits

Categories: IRS

IRS audits can be a scary thing for some business owners. There are generally four different types of IRS audits: correspondence audits, office audits, field audits, and program audits. An IRS correspondence audit is exactly that; you receive a letter from the IRS and you’re going to respond to that letter. It’s generally for one…

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Help! I Got an IRS Audit Notice

Categories: IRS

An IRS audit can be a scary thing. When you receive an IRS audit notice, depending on the type of audit, it’s important to read the notice. It’s important to understand exactly what the IRS is looking at. Generally speaking, you can see the audit notice and the items that they’re interested in looking at…

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What Happens if I Haven’t Filed a Tax Return in Years?

Categories: Federal Tax

I had a client call yesterday who hadn’t filed a business tax return for three years, and hadn’t filed his individual tax return for three years. This becomes overwhelming to people. What do you do? What’s the next step? The most important thing is to take a deep breath; you’re going to be fine. We’re…

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You Could Be Personally Liable for Payroll Taxes

Categories: Payroll Tax

The IRS is very concerned about payroll taxes. They want to make sure if you are an employee working for a company, that the employer is withholding your payroll taxes and paying them over to the government. So one of the issues businesses have when they are going through a difficult time is they may…

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