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California: Pass -Through Entity Elective Tax

California: Pass Through Entity Elective Tax

Governor Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 150 into law on July 16, 2021. This new law allows certain pass-through entities to annually elect to pay an elective tax in the amount of 9.3% of the pro rata share or distributive share of the entity’s partners, shareholders, or members. The partners, shareholders and members then receive a tax credit equal to that amount. The law is effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2026.

The pass-through entities that can elect to pay this tax are S corporations, general partnerships, limited liability companies taxed as partnerships, limited liability partnerships or limited partnerships. To qualify to make this election, the pass-through entity’s owners must consist solely of individuals, fiduciaries, trusts, estates or entities taxable as corporations. The pass-through entity cannot have a partnership as an owner, cannot be a publicly traded partnership, and the pass-through entity cannot be permitted or required to be in a combined reporting group.

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California Sales And Use Tax Audit Tips

California Sales And Use Tax Audit Tips

The state of California has the highest state sales tax rate at 7.25%, and the eighth-highest average combined state and local tax rate at 8.68%, according to the Tax Foundation. This means sales tax mistakes in The Golden State are typically going to be much more costly than those made in others. Therefore, if you are audited, you want to ensure that you are prepared.

Why You Might be Under Audit

Generally, a state has a system for how they select taxpayers for a Sales and Use tax audit. This can be triggered by many different reasons such as having a large presence in the state, amending returns, making late filings and payments, or even red flags auditors identified when they came across your business while auditing one of your suppliers or customers.

It is important to understand why your company may be under a Sales and Use tax audit. If you can understand why, it can help you have a clearer understanding of what the auditor is expecting from you during the time of your audit.

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Tax Manager – Investments (San Francisco, CA)

Tax Manager - Research And Planning (San Francisco, CA)

The top driver that keeps tax professionals in an organization longer is how they are treated by management. Our client has an extraordinary retention rate due to the fact they treat their tax team with a high degree of respect and support you in ways you rarely experience in companies.

TaxConnections has been retained by an investment group to locate a Tax Manager in San Francisco, CA. It is an opportunity of a lifetime for a tax professional with the requisite skills.

The Tax Manger will be responsible for assisting senior tax management with tax research and planning and all aspects of the tax compliance and forecasting for a very significant investment partnership and the related investment management entity. Individual must have a solid understanding of current tax laws including knowledge of investment partnership structures. Researching and communicating the tax consequences of current and proposed investments will be a part of the responsibilities of the successful candidate.

In addition, the position will require both the preparation and review of highly detailed complex Federal, California and multi-state income tax returns, foreign investment reporting implications, preparation of tax forecasts and researching complex tax issues.
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How To Navigate The California Manufacturing Partial Sales And Use Tax Exemption


The California Manufacturing Partial Sales and Use Tax Exemption, which went into effect July 1, 2014, allows certain manufacturers and biotech companies to exempt a portion of sales and use tax on purchases of qualified equipment used in manufacturing and R&D (research and development). While it’s been around for a few years, it’s still a viable benefit for companies purchasing equipment.

How To Take Advantage Of The California Manufacturing Partial Sales And Use Tax Exemption

To qualify, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be engaged in certain types of business primarily engaged (50 percent or more of the time) in those lines of business described in the NAICS Codes for:
    • Manufacturing (311100-339999)
    • R&D in biotechnology (541711)
    • R&D in the physical, engineering and life sciences (541712)
    • Generation and production, or storage and distribution of electric power (22111-221118, 221122)

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Sleeping Giants Awaken: California, Texas And Wayfair

Monika Miles - What Is Nexus.

In the United States, the sales tax landscape has changed drastically due to the recent U.S. Supreme Court Case of South Dakota v. Wayfair (June 2018). Following this landmark decision which made it easier for companies to create nexus in states, many states have enacted legislation which establishes guidelines, thresholds for economic nexus. In a previous blog, we talked about this epic decision.

What is Economic Nexus?

In the past, companies needed to have physical presence, or “boots on the ground,” in a state in order to have nexus (or taxable presence) in a state. This meant that a company needed to have offices, inventory, employees, or contractors in a state for a certain amount of time. Companies now don’t necessarily need to have physical presence in a state for them to create nexus; they now can have nexus in a state by virtue of economic nexus. Economic nexus essentially means that companies with sales of a certain dollar amount or a certain number of transactions with a state are required to register, collect and remit sales tax. Some states require both criterion. Additionally, note that some states base their economic threshold on taxable sales, while other states mention gross sales.

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What You Need To Know About California’s SB 993

Sales tax is a major revenue source for many states, including California, which is why its legislature has been looking for additional ways to collect fees under the ‘sales tax’ umbrella.

For years, State Senator Bob Hertzberg has been trying to extend the state’s reach by imposing sales tax on services. Although 2015’s Senate Bill 8 didn’t pass, there’s another bill recently heard in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee: Senate Bill 993 (SB 993).

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California’s Border Wall And Participation With State Tax Credits

The Federal Government’s proposed border wall with Mexico has been getting a lot of attention lately, particularly since the president recently visited the Golden State. One California legislator has an interesting take on the ongoing disagreement between California and the White House. Assemblyman Phil Ting, of CA, recently announced his bill, A.B. 2355, as a way to incentivize companies not to participate in the building of the wall.

The Logistics

As recently reported by Bloomberg BNA, companies that participate in the building of the Federal government’s proposed wall with Mexico, on the California border, would not be able to participate in several state tax credits. Read more

California College Access Tax Credit Reminders

California’s College Access Tax Credit Program started in 2014. For individuals, it allows a large credit for donations made to this fund. Before claiming any credit though, the donor must first apply for the credit with the State Treasurer. This is because a fixed amount of credits is available so people claim it on a first-come-first-serve basis. In the first few years, little was claimed relative to the amount allocated.

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