On May 14th, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued his proposed May revision to the state budget for fiscal year 2020-21. The budget proposal included two revenue-raising income tax measures, applicable for tax years 2020 through 2022: (1) limiting the amount of business tax credits a taxpayer can use to $5 million annually, and (2) suspending

The California Court of Appeal recently held that a taxpayer must pay a tax assessment before seeking a declaration that the regulation giving rise to the tax assessment is invalid. California taxpayers cannot challenge unpaid tax assessments under Article XIII, section 32 of the California Constitution (“Section 32”). Therefore, a taxpayer seeking to challenge an

On May 18, 2020, the California Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee unanimously passed Assembly Bill 2660 (AB 2660) out of committee. AB 2660 would allow employers to file income taxes on behalf of their foreign workers, specifically providing for the optional filing of a group return by the employer for electing foreign workers who receive

The Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) was established in 2017 as California’s new administrative appeals forum. Born from controversy, the agency was designed to function as an independent and impartial tribunal. Two years in, taxpayers have a better idea about how the OTA will shape California’s corporate tax landscape, but questions still remain. We recently

On March 30, 2020, the California Court of Appeal overruled the city of Oakland’s demurrer regarding the validity of its waste management franchise fees on the grounds the plaintiffs sufficiently alleged that the fees were taxes. The city entered into waste management contracts with two companies. In turn, the companies agreed to pay the franchise

In response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-40-20, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) has updated its guidance to taxpayers impacted by COVID-19 regarding relief from interest and penalties and extended filing deadlines for sales and use taxes and other various taxes. All taxpayers filing a return for less than

On March 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-40-20 (Order) regarding the state’s COVID-19 State of Emergency. The Order grants additional extensions to taxpayers and gives new authority to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) to provide relief from interest and penalties to taxpayers impacted by the State of