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Do you have to pay use tax in California?

Anyone who follows the trends and topics in tax law, as we do here, has probably heard a great deal about online sales tax in recent months. With the growth of major online retailers like Amazon, some small businesses have a hard time staying competitive. This is exacerbated by laws that have not required entities like Amazon to collect sales tax on online purchases, often making online retailers a more affordable choice for consumers.

California ranked poorly for small business tax system

Every year the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council releases a list that ranks each state based on the friendliness of its tax system to small businesses. This year, Texas was ranked number one and our very own California came in dead last.

Learning from celebrity tax mishaps: part two

In our last post we talked about tax troubles faced by celebrities. Specifically, Wesley Snipes and MMA fighter Nick Diaz have both garnered headlines in recent years. Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for failing to file returns in 2008. And Diaz mentioned at a press conference that he has never paid taxes, leaving some to speculate whether he may face charges of failure to file or tax evasion.

IRS loosens requirements for tax preparers

Like many people in California and across the country, you may choose to hand over a stack of paperwork to a professional tax preparer when tax season arrives. It can be an easy way to get your taxes taken care of without spending hours poring over documents and trying to navigate complex IRS forms.

Overseas banks balk at Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

There has been some controversy surrounding the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act that many people in San Francisco may have heard about. The new law forces overseas banks to share with the Internal Revenue Service very personal information on American customers whose bank accounts have more than $50,000 in them. Not only does this law demand a lot of banks that may not even operate in the United States, but it also violates many countries' privacy laws.

Tax fraud allegedly committed by California state workers

When one thinks of tax fraud in California, one might think of someone hiding assets in an offshore account and not claiming the interest or dividends. Or one might think of a drug dealer or other nefarious character that does not file tax returns but drives a late model car. One probably does not think of the common everyday state worker collecting fees for documents or a Fish and Game employee collecting bribes.

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