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California's New Sales Tax Rates as of April 2009

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, June 2009

Effective April 1, 2009, California’s base sales tax rate increased 1% to 8.25%. Yes this is not the tax rate paid by residents of California as each county has added percentages to the state’s base sales tax rate. In effect, most Californians are now paying an average of 9% on their retail purchases. In Los Angeles County the new sales [...]

Tags: los angeles sales tax, san diego sales tax, san francisco sales tax
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin 


USDA Rural Loans With Up To 102% Financing and Low Mortgage Rates… Really.

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, June 2009

To see if the property you are interested in buying or selling qualifies for a USDA Home Loan click here. Granted it may not work for many properties in Los Angeles, but a vacation home or income property you own may qualify.

There are two types of loans.

Section 502 Rural Housing Direct Loans.
These [...]

Tags: 100% financing, low income loans, USDA rural loans
Posted In: Real Estate Reporter 


California’s Mandatory Electronic Tax Payment System

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, May 2009

Beginning January 1, 2009, if your personal income tax liability to California exceeds $80,000, or if you are required to make an estimated tax, or extension payment, that exceeds $20,000, you must send the payment electronically to the California Franchise Tax Board. Once either of these preconditions is met, all future payments regardless of type, amount, or tax year must be remitted electronically to the Franchise Tax Board by credit card, web pay, or Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW).

Taxpayers whose tax thresholds fall below the mandatory e-pay amounts listed above may request to discontinue making electronic payments. In March 2009, the California Franchise Tax Board will provide a waiver form for such taxpayers to file. [...]

Tags: tax, taxes
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin 


New 2009 Home Buyer Tax Credits For California Residents

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, March 2009

$8,000 Federal Tax Credit for First Time Home Buyers.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 signed into law by President Obama provides "First Time Home Buyers" with an $8,000 Tax Credit. To qualify for the credit, the individual must: (1) purchase a new home, condominium, or town house that will be used as the individual's primary residence; (2) not have owned, or co-owned, a home within the past three years; (3) have an adjusted gross income less than $75,000 if single, and $150,000 if married; and (4) file [...]

Tags: california tax credits, first time home buyer, home buyer tax credits
Posted In: Real Estate Reporter 


U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Employee Retaliation Claims

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, February 2009

On January 29, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn., that §704(a) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (the anti-retaliation provision) not only applies to employees who bring a complaint, but also to employees who disclose information regarding inappropriate behavior or illegal conduct in response to questions posed during an employer’s internal investigation. Facts [...]

Tags: retaliation, termination, wrongful
Posted In: Employment Law News 


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Located in Los Angeles, California, the Law Office of Melissa C. Marsh handles business law and corporation law matters as a lawyer for clients throughout Los Angeles including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, West LA as well as Riverside County, San Fernando, Ventura County, and Santa Clarita. Attorney Melissa C. Marsh has considerable experience handling business matters both nationally and internationally. We routinely assist our clients with incorporation, forming a California corporation, forming a California llc, partnership, annual minutes, shareholder meetings, director meetings, getting a taxpayer ID number (EIN), buying a business, selling a business, commercial lease review, employee disputes, independent contractors, construction, and personal matters such as preparing a will, living trust, power of attorney, health care directive, and more.