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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 


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 [...]

Tags: tax, taxes
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin 


Avoiding Liability When Downsizing Your Business

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

With the economy in a spiral, businesses both large and small are faced with the unpleasant task of implementing layoffs. For large businesses, they must comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act). Most small businesses, while exempt from the WARN Act, are barely staying afloat in a sea of potentially endless liabilities where the mere threat of a wrongful termination claim inches the company ever closer to having to declare bankruptcy. All business facing the potential of layoffs should familiarize themselves with: (1) [...]

Tags: lay offs, termination, warn act
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Employment Law News 


2009 IRS Standard Mileage Reimbursement Rate Is 55 Cents

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

For 2009, the standard mileage rate deduction for business use of a vehicle is 55 cents per mile. Pursuant to California Labor Code §2802, California employers are required to reimburse employees for all expenses incurred by the employee in performing their duties, including expenses for travel, dining, and mileage (other than to and from work/home). The employee cannot agree to waive this right to receive reimbursement.

The California Labor Commissioner has also stated that any California employer who reimburses its employees at less than the standard IRS mileage rate (55 Cents for 2009) [...]

Tags: mileage, reimbursement
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Employment Law News 


Tax Calendar For California Businesses

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

The 2009 IRS Tax Calendar for Small Businesses and the Self-Employed (Publication 1518) is now available in English and Spanish. The Tax Calendar is a handy resource to help small business owners meet their tax obligations, and is filled with useful information on common tax filing dates, retirement plans, electronic filing and paying options, forms and more.

Each page highlights different tax issues and tips that may be relevant to small-business owners.

Tags: tax, taxes
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin 


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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.