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Spidell's California Minute

Check out Spidell's California Minute — a podcast dedicated to providing you with California tax news snippets. We'll be bringing you tips and hot topics that will save you time, and save your clients tax, in an audio format that you can access at your office or on your phone. So give us a minute, and we'll give you news you can use.
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Nov 18, 2016

This week we’re looking at the details of the plastic bag ban that passed in the November 8th election.

Nov 12, 2016

This week, we’re talking about the provisions of Prop. 64 and when they go into effect.

Nov 4, 2016

This week we have a reminder that it’s time to renew your PTIN for the upcoming 2017 tax season, and there’s a PTIN scam to watch out for.

Oct 28, 2016

This week we’re covering how to renew clients within your MyFTB Account and how the 10-day hold factors into the process.

Oct 21, 2016

This week we’re talking about the dissolution process for corporations: how to make the election and which forms need to be filed.

Oct 14, 2016

This week, we’re taking a break from tax and looking at some of the more interesting bills that were signed into law this year.

Oct 7, 2016

This week, we’re talking about the difficulties of proving reasonable cause for penalty abatement: what does and does not constitute reasonable cause, and federal and California differences regarding penalty abatement.

Sep 30, 2016

This week, we review extensions, penalties, and how federal and state penalties work together.

Sep 23, 2016

This week, we're looking at business asset protection avenues such as insurance and entity selection, and key strategies that should be part of a business asset protection plan.

Sep 16, 2016

This is the second of a two-part series on the Ralite case. Last week, we talked about how shareholders and LLC members can escape liability for the debts of their upside-down businesses. This week, we’re going to cover the steps you can take if your client qualifies for Ralite treatment.

Sep 8, 2016

This week we have some information to share with you on pending legislation regarding COD conformity and two sales tax exemptions.

Sep 1, 2016

This is the first in a two-part series on the Ralite case. This week we cover how shareholders and LLC members may be able to escape liability for the debts of their upside-down businesses. Next week, we’ll cover steps to take if your client qualifies for Ralite treatment.

Aug 26, 2016

This week we’re covering solar panels and related property tax issues.

Aug 19, 2016

This week we’re talking about what’s required when the IRS makes changes to a taxpayer’s return, and how the statute of limitations applies.

Aug 12, 2016

This week, we’re looking at the tax treatment of Medicaid waiver payments and some issues that could affect taxpayers and practitioners, plus California conformity.

Aug 5, 2016

This week we’re covering the new filing deadlines that are in effect, along with some pending legislation that would conform California to those changes.

Jul 29, 2016

Last year, legislation passed that makes it easier for taxpayers affected by disasters to make a throwback election. See how this works, especially in light of the recent Erskine, Sand, and Soberanes fires.

Jul 22, 2016

This week, we have some information on head of household audits, and some issue with the new form the FTB is using – specifically, we look at how the new form handles full-time students and disabled children.

Jul 14, 2016

Lynn Freer talks about why the FTB may take $800 from an LLC’s final refund and how to avoid this happening.

Jul 8, 2016

California allows taxpayers to make voluntary contributions on their state income tax return to certain funds approved by the Legislature. See what happens when you make a contribution via the tax return, as compared to contributing directly to the organization.

Jul 1, 2016

We track a large number of bills that contain tax provisions, and some contain crucial changes like COD conformity, while others contain provisions that are on the more curious side. This week, we’re looking at a few of the more interesting bills that are on the table this legislative season.

Jun 23, 2016

This week, we’re covering the “California method” of taxing the California-source income of nonresidents, which is not a straightforward application of tax rate. It’s also something that taxpayers frequently (and unsuccessfully) argue against in tax appeals.

Jun 16, 2016

California taxes residents on income from all sources, but what exactly constitutes a resident? It’s not as cut and dried as you’d think!

Jun 10, 2016

The FTB sent out withholding mismatch notices to certain taxpayers, and we have some more information on how to deal with those notices and how FTB is handling the mismatch problem.

Jun 3, 2016

An update on the 10-day hold on client accounts in MyFTB, plus information for you regarding some changes to the MyFTB login process and an update to the FTB’s business revivor webpage.

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