On December 29, 2020, California’s Franchise Tax Board (FTB) staff announced a twenty-day comment period for four changes to the proposed draft language of its 25137 Regulation (Alternative Apportionment). After the twenty-day comment period expires, FTB staff intends to present the newly revised proposed draft Regulation language to the three member Franchise Tax Board to

Last week, California voters passed Proposition 22 – which considers app-based drivers for rideshare and delivery companies to be independent contractors – and San Francisco voters passed Proposition L – which imposes an additional tax on businesses where compensation for executives significantly exceeds the median compensation of San Francisco employees. These ballot measures could have

In a pending precedential decision, the California Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) held that the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) is bound to follow its own regulation and could not rely on its audit manual to disregard that regulatory authority.  Regulation 1595 provides that the agency will use “book value” as the

On September 29, 2020, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed S.B. 972, the controversial taxpayer disclosure bill that would have required the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to provide the Legislature annually with the names, tax liabilities, and tax credits claimed by corporate taxpayers that meet a $5 billion gross receipts threshold.

S.B. 972 proposed

On July 7, 2020, the California Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) held that a foreign LLC was subject to the state’s $800 LLC tax because it held a 0.7830849% ownership interest in an LLC that owned property in San Diego. In addition to a more traditional nexus test based on an entity’s business activities in

On September 9, 2020, the California Supreme Court denied review of the opinion of the First District Court of Appeal in City and County of San Francisco v. All Persons Interested in the Matter of Proposition C, which held a voter-initiated local special tax may pass with only a simple majority.  With appeals currently

On August 25, California’s Department of Tax and Fee Administration released a discussion paper and proposed amended regulations to clarify when marketplace facilitators are considered the retailer with regard to drop shipment transactions. The CDTFA is accepting written comments and will hold a virtual hearing on the proposal September 15.

Eversheds Sutherland has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the 550 members of the Council On State Taxation (COST) on the important issue of whether imposition of certain local special taxes in California requires a two-thirds vote by the California electorate, or a simple majority. City of Fresno v. Fresno Building Healthy Communities

Eversheds Sutherland has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the 550 members of the Council On State Taxation (COST) on the important issue of whether imposition of certain local taxes is required to be passed by a two-thirds vote by the California electorate, or a simple majority. Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, et al.