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Updates To California Tax Return Filing

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has updated certain aspects of tax return filing starting with returns for tax year 2017. The standard deduction for taxpayers filing as single increased to $4,236; for taxpayers who are married filing jointly, the new standard deduction is $8,472. Personal exemptions were also raised to $114 and $228, respectively.

California introduced the Schedule X, a new form which will replace the Form 540X for amending returns, along with five new voluntary funds to which taxpayers may contribute to support specific causes.

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High Court Reconsiders Physical Presence Requirement For Sales Tax

South Dakota is taking the physical presence rule back to our nation’s highest court in its dispute with Wayfair, Inc., to determine whether it may continue to require out-of-state sellers such as online retailers to register with the state and collect and pay over sales tax.[1]

In the seminal case from 1992, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retailers did not have to collect sales tax in any state where they have no physical presence. However, the exponential growth of eCommerce and internet sales has significantly changed the retail landscape since that time. Read more

IRS And FTB Power Of Attorney Forms Have Changed

If you are a tax professional, take note of recent changes that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) have made to their power of attorney forms that may affect your ability to access client information.

The IRS form, found here, has expanded section 5a to include a box you must check if you have intermediaries access client transcripts for you.  The FTB has completely rehauled its power of attorney form system — there is a new form to use for individuals, a separate form for business entities, and a third form to use when you want to revoke your power of attorney.  Read more

Steps to Avoid an IRS Worker Classification Audit

Any small business must hire more people as the business grows and thrives. At the initial stage when work is sporadic, it may make sense to hire contractors like a web designer to create an online presence or a bookkeeper to manage business accounts. But as work piles up, it may require hiring a full-time employee.

The line between independent contractor and employee is not always clear. A construction firm may have contracted with several roofers as projects dried up during the recession. As work picks up and the firm needs more help, several of the roofers may give up other jobs in exchange for steady schedules and access to the firm’s retirement savings plan. Does this mean that they should instead be classified as employees? Read more

IRS Updates AFRs; Interest Rates Remain Unchanged

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated its applicable federal rates (AFRs) used for a variety of IRS calculations, such as the minimum interest rate for intra-family loans. For calendar year 2017, AFRs for short-term loans have increased from 0.96 percent to 1.52 percent, AFRs for mid-term loans have fluctuated around 2 percent, and AFRs for long-term loans have fluctuated between 2.6 percent and 2.82 percent. For a detailed list of AFRs by month and year, click here.

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What You Need to Know About Deductions for Your Holiday Giving

November kicks off the season of giving, and the donations you make to your favorite charities may also provide you some tax benefits. However, there are some guidelines you should keep in mind as you write those checks.

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