Final Notice: Delinquent Use Tax Return?
Several of my California business clients have received notices that they were supposed to have filed Use Tax Returns with the California Board of Equalization.
Don’t panic if you got one of these notices. They are, for the most part, looking for sales tax on purchase you made from out of state. When you buy something in California for use in California, you pay sales tax in the location where the “transfer” takes place, like the store. When you buy something from out of state, you don’t pay sales tax to that “foreign” state, like Nevada, but if you are the end user of some tangible product, like a book or a toner cartridge, California wants you to report the purchase, and pay “Use” tax (which equals sales tax) on what you bought.
The CA BOE has gone completely on-line, so if you have the “express login code” and the account number, conveniently provided for you on the letters they’re sending out, you can file this on-line.
To find any purchases, I usually start with things from Amazon.
September 16 – Estimates for 2013 Federal tax due (9/15 is a Sunday). California skips this installment (But New York and other states do not).
September 16 – Corporate Tax Returns on Extension due.
October 15 – Personal Tax Returns on Extension due.
Some important “tough love”: If you are on extension and want me to complete your return, you will need to be proactive in getting materials to me and checking in. If you’d like a referral to another tax preparer, let me know—soon, before the deadline. No one can help you the lst week before the deadline, including me. There is a government penalty for “blowing the extension,” but you (probably) won’t go to jail. If you’re already filed for 2012, Thanks!
Who is Required to Have Health Insurance in 2014?
Employer with fewer than 50 employees? No.
A Person? Yes.
Try this link: https://www.healthcare.gov/what-do-small-businesses-need-to-know/
Small businesses may get health coverage in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace. No employers are required to offer health coverage.
Starting in 2014, businesses with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees can use SHOP to offer coverage to their employees. This applies to non-profit organizations as well. You control the coverage you offer and how much you pay toward premium costs.
Individuals ARE required to have health insurance, with some exceptions, or face a penalty of $95 per adult in 2014, $325 in 2015 and $695 in 2016 and beyond, with some adjustments and exceptions and general hand waving. Here is a link to a chart: http://kff.org/infographic/the-requirement-to-buy-coverage-under-the-affordable-care-act/
Health coverage through SHOP starts as soon as January 1, 2014. Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013. You can sign up and begin offering coverage any time during the year. If you already have insurance or your employer provides health insurance, you may continue with this.
Thanks to Peggy Hall, EA for her help with this section.
Classes – IRS Education Provider, Basic Payroll, Schedule C
Here’s a link to the seminars page on my website: www.taxbuddha.com/seminars.html
I’m an official Education Provider. You can find my name (Tax Buddha) listed at the IRS website: https://ssl.kinsail.com/partners/irs/publicListing.asp where you’ll see I’m qualified to provide federal tax update and federal tax classes for EA’s and RTRP’s. (I just knew I should have used the name AAAAA Tax Buddha!)
In conjunction with the IRS and EDD, I’m going to be doing some Basic Payroll seminars coming up in the near future.
Basic Payroll Seminar runs 9 am 3 pm with an hour for lunch
The next seminar will be:
San Francisco at the SBA office 455 Market Street, 6th floor
(I take BART to Embarcadero or Montgomery Street)
Wednesday, September 11, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Register by going to http://www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/ and find your favorite location.
These seminars have proven to be very popular for business owners and bookkeepers, plus they’re free.
How to Prepare your Own Schedule C
Get ready for next year and filing your own Schedule C for last year. Review what the IRS wants to know from you and how to report it for your business. This is a class for business owners who need a basic understanding of their 1040 Schedule C tax forms. We’ll also talk about what to do with the numbers once you have them. We can’t guarantee you won’t get audited, but this class will make it less likely.
I will be at the US SBA office in San Francisco at 455 Market Street, 6th Floor.
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Eightfold Path to Pay Less Tax and Avoid an Audit
Eight basic things business owners want to know printed in a booklet in “executive summary” form. This is ten years of working with the IRS Tax Code distilled down so it doesn’t take YOU ten years.
Just another way we’re trying to simplify your life. And the purchase is tax deductible!
You can order from Amazon.com. Here’s the link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Eightfold-Path-Less-Avoid-Audit/dp/0615233422/ref=sr_1_22?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226611038&sr=1-22
The booklet also contains sections on how returns are selected for audit,
when to seek professional help, and how long to keep your tax records.
Little Box of Inc: Incorporations Made Easy published on Kindle
The book with tips about how the S Corporation works is now published to Amazon’s Kindle, updated with additional information about S Corporations, and can be found by searching for Andrew S Rogers as author, and click on “Kindle.” Here’s the blurb:
Considering incorporating as an S Corporation? This booklet will help you understand how the S Corporation works, what you need to do to become incorporated and what you need to do once you have a corporation to stay out of trouble. The structure and the requirements are reviewed, as well as helpful tips to use your corporation to reduce your tax liability and retain your status as an S Corporation. I’ve worked with S Corporations for many years, and as a tax preparer, I can choose the kind of entity I have for my business: I choose the S Corporation myself, and I’ve convinced many of my fellow tax preparers to incorporate as well. I’ve divided the information into clear, easy-to-understand topics, and cross-referenced sections when it might be helpful.
After you’ve read this material, you can view on-line videos via YouTube.com for free to access more advanced information about S Corporations. You may also be interested in my “Choice of Entity” class – see below.
Tax Buddha Messenger Bags
Want to be the first person in your tax bracket to sport the fabulous Tax
Buddha Messenger Bag? I’ve now got a “shop” on Café Press
at www.cafepress.com/TaxBuddha in
case you’d like to order your own
Tax Buddha logo items. The messenger bag came out particularly well, not
quite “saffron,” but easy to find in an airport.
Phone and Fax Numbers
Our northern California occasional in Alameda:
1516 Oak Street, Suite 109
Alameda CA 94501
Phone numbers are:
Phone (510) 332-0401
Fax (925) 478-2726
“You too can be enlightened about tax” — Tax Buddha