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Welcome to the Laguna Hills Law Firm Beck & Christian. Our experienced business taxation attorneys are highly qualified in business tax matters. Attorney Greg Beck has earned a Certificate of Specialization in Taxation Law from the State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization. Additionally, Greg Beck is a Certified Public Accountant and Stephen Christian holds a Masters of Law in Taxation.
At Beck & Christian, our lawyers advise businesses in a wide variety of tax issues, and commonly combine business and tax planning strategies by utilizing alternative business structures to achieve maximum tax benefits and minimize exposure to tax audits and other tax controversies.
Whether you are just starting a new business venture or have an established business, own a small business or run a large corporation, the Business Tax Lawyers at Beck & Christian offer a wide variety of corporate and business tax services to clients throughout Orange County.
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Laguna Hills Business Tax Attorneys at Beck & Christian have more than 35 years’ experience providing expert tax advice to businesses, and representing them in State & Federal tax audits and tax controversies. We also offer the following business and corporate tax services to our clients:
U.S. and Foreign Tax Planning
Business & Corporate Taxation
Business Continuation Agreements
Family Business Succession Strategies
California Property Taxation
California Sales Tax Issues & Audits
Tax Issues Arising from Employee Misclassification
Payroll Tax Matters
Employment Tax Issues
Business Formation Selection to Maximize Tax Benefits
Tax Strategies with Respect to Business Owned Property
The Laguna Hills Law Firm Beck & Christian is committed to providing the highest quality advice and representation, and we zealously represent all of our clients’ best interests. We are dedicated to contributing to the success of your business by standing by our promise to not only deliver cost-
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Every commercial business has the potential to be the target of a sales tax audit. This is an attempt by the State of California to determine whether a particular business has paid the correct amount of sales taxes. During an audit, the State Board of Equalization will investigate and search for revenue which was not properly taxed. In addition, they are looking for instances where a business collected the sales tax, but did not properly remit it to the state. In an audit, the highest priority is to protect your rights, preserve your interests, and resolve the matter in the most timely and cost-
Employers have the responsibility to calculate and pay taxes to the government for each employee. A business is expected to withhold a certain amount from the employee’s pay while also contributing funds for certain taxes. This process can be complex because the amount is based on several variables which are different for each employee. For example, these fixed withholding amounts can vary due to the pay period and the employee’s filing status. The amount will also depend on the number of withholding allowances an employee has claimed. In California, employers must maintain compliance by establishing and maintaining current accounts with the California State Employment Development Department.
A business is taxed differently depending on a workers’ employment status. Is a worker classified as an employee, or is the worker an independent contractor? An independent contractor is not an employee. An independent contractor performs a service that is outside the companies’ regular scope of business. A business must apply several tests put forward in California’s Labor Code when considering how to classify workers. Recent legislation in California has adjusted the traditional definition of independent contractors. If a business is found to have misclassified its workers, they may face significant penalties. The State handles these wage violations seriously. Misclassification can lead to additional payroll tax issues.
California requires businesses to pay property taxes by a certain date each year. These taxes are similar to the manner in which individuals pay property taxes. The amount due is based on the assessed value of each real estate asset. Failure to comply may lead to harsh fines. It is necessary for business owners to manage due dates and amounts. The business owner needs to be knowledgeable of the exact items to include as part of the cost of the asset, such as sales taxes, installation, and freight charges. In addition, the County Assessor’s office may send an adjustment notice for property values which could increase the amount of taxes due. When a property owner has reason to believe the taxes are too high, they may file an appeal with the Assessment Appeals Division of the county clerk’s office. If certain restrictions are met, a business owner may be able to deduct property taxes as a business expense. To avoid business property taxation issues, a business owner can work with an expert in business taxation issues.