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March FTB News: Includes Info on How to Efile Your California Return With a New Home Credit

Updated Taxpayers´ Bill of Rights

[The FTB] recently revised [their]  publication 4058C, California Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights. / more+

Does your client know where to send the “state copy” of an information return?

You may be asked by your client where they need to send the “state copy” of an information return. If they filed paper returns with IRS, they do not need to send a paper copy to FTB. / more+

Available now: Free California source income withholding webinars

[The FTB]  will host free California source income withholding webinars in March 2010. / more+

The best way to file a protest

Has your client recently received a Notice of Proposed Assessment for added tax resulting from [an FTB] audit examination? Does your client plan to file a protest? / more+

New home credit can be e-filed

Did you know you can e-file California returns that contain the New Home Credit?  / more+

Do all your tax stuff online!

With instant access to taxpayer information, 24 hours a day, doing your tax stuff online will save you, and your clients, time and hassle. / more+

Need W-2 information?

Some clients may have difficulty getting their W-2 information. / more+

Small Business

Small Business Virtual Webinar

[The FTB] partnered with Board of Equalization (BOE) to present cost effective and convenient educational products, including a complete online seminar package that enables taxpayers to get answers to the most commonly asked questions. / more+

Ask the Advocate

FTB responds to tax community´s proposals

The annual Taxpayers´ Bill of Rights Hearing was held December 3, 2009. [The FTB] received several proposals and recommendations from the tax community. / more+

Inside FTB

Take a look at the changes happening at FTB. / more+

Criminal Corner

[The] monthly summary on bringing tax criminals to justice, and closing the tax gap one case at a time. / more+

Big Business

Interested Parties Meeting on Specialized Tax Service Fees

[The FTB] scheduled an interested parties meeting for March 16, 2010, at 1 p.m. to discuss amendment of California Code of Regulations, title 18, section 19591 (Specialized Tax Service Fees), to establish the amount of the fee for the issuance of a limited partnership revival confirmation letter, as required by Revenue and Taxation Code section 19591, subdivision (b)(3), for periods on or after January 1, 2011. / more+

California February Tax News From the FTB – Includes Info on California’s New Job Tax Credit

Top 12 tax scams

It’s a new year and a good time to remind [you] about the top tax scams. / more+

Pass-through entities must timely file original tax returns claiming new jobs tax credit in order for owners to claim the credit

A new jobs tax credit of $3,000 is available to small businesses with 20 or less employees for each additional net full-time employee hired and employed in California for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2009. The total amount of the credit that we can allocate may not exceed $400 million, and claims must be made before a statutorily provided “cut-off” filing date. / more+

Using the Annualization Method in 2009 and 2010

Estimated tax payments have undergone many changes since we started filing season one year ago. / more+

Small Business

Timing is everything

[Are you]considering making an S corporation election? Selling or exchanging 50 percent or more of the total interests in an LLC or limited partnership? / more+

Ask the Advocate

Withholding and estimate tax payment changes

This summer the California legislature again revised the estimated tax payment percentages, and also passed some clean-up legislation to clear up confusion on how wage earners with only wage withholding would meet the new estimated tax payment requirements. / more+

Inside FTB

Take a look at the changes happening here at FTB. / more+

Criminal Corner

[The FTB’s] monthly summary on bringing tax criminals to justice, and closing the tax gap one case at a time. / more+

Big Business

California code of civil procedure and foreclosures

Will you clarify how California civil procedures interact with the Internal Revenue Code (IRC)? Specifically how does California Civil Procedure Code (CCP) Sections interact with IRC Section 108, Income from Discharge Indebtedness? / more+

California FTB News – Includes Info on Same Sex Marriages

California recognizes out-of-state same-sex marriages

On October 11, 2009, the Governor signed Senate Bill 54, which provides that a marriage between two persons who have entered into a same-sex marriage outside the State of California prior to November 5, 2008, that was valid by the laws of the jurisdiction in which the marriage was contracted, is valid in California. / more+

Military Spouses Residency Relief Act

The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) was signed into law by the President on November 11, 2009. For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2009, a service member’s spouse is considered a nonresident for tax purposes if the servicemember and spouse have the same legal residence or domicile outside of California and the spouse is in California solely to be with the service member who is serving in compliance with military orders. / more+

Mandatory e-pay penalty update: Not assessed in 2010

When you are required to make electronic payments but pay by other means, [the FTB] can assess a penalty equal to one percent of the amount paid, unless your failure to pay electronically was for reasonable cause and not willful neglect. / more+

Luxury Auto Pilot Program

Each year, [the FTB] receive and process millions of income information records. The nonfiler program uses federal tax return information, information from other California state agencies, third-party data, and income estimates from self-employed activities to determine if a taxpayer has a filing requirement. / more+

EITC Awareness Day is January 29, 2010

The IRS in partnership with local organizations in your area will kick off of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day event on January 29 to promote the federal tax credit. / more+

Consultants wanted: California seeks experts knowledgeable in abusive tax shelter transactions

Abusive Tax Avoidance Transactions (ATAT) cost California billions of dollars each year. In 2004, [the FTB] collected a record $1.4 billion from taxpayers participating in tax shelters during [their] Voluntary Compliance Initiative. / more+

Get ready for the filing season with e-Services

During these difficult times, it is increasingly important to work both smart and efficiently. / more+

Head of Household guidelines

Our filing season is just around the corner. Some of your clients may inquire about claiming our head of household filing status. This filing status provides a lower tax liability and a higher standard deduction than the single filing status. / more+

California’s Enterprise Zones Wage Credit

In our June 2009 issue of Tax News we asked the question, “Are you familiar with California’s Enterprise Zones?”

[The FTB] now ask, “Are you aware some taxpayers who work in an Enterprise Zone may be entitled to a credit for the wages they earned?”  / more+

Small business

Misleading letter schemes target corporations and LLCs

Your business clients may receive a misleading letter to file board minutes and/or a statement of information for a fee. Because the letters look and sound official, your clients may be quick to send payment. But wait! Read the fine print, “…products or services being offered are not approved or endorsed by any government agency.” / more+

Ask the advocate

Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hearing

The Annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hearing was held December 3, 2009, at FTB headquarters in the Gerald H. Goldberg Auditorium. We received four proposals in advance and representatives from two organizations made presentations. We are in the process of preparing responses to the proposals we received. / more+

Inside FTB

Take a look at the changes happening here at FTB. / more+

Criminal corner

Our monthly summary of bringing tax criminals to justice and closing the tax gap one case at a time. / more+

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