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GGSEA is a professional organization of Enrolled Agents in California, affiliated with the California Society of Enrolled Agents (CSEA) & the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA).

Simply JOIN CSEA and your membership to GGSEA will be included! It is like having two organizations for the price of one!

Start CONNECTING with Tax Experts not just here in the Bay Area but throughout California! It is handy to know an expert in a specific field of taxation. No two tax situations are the same; being connected to a network of Enrolled Agents is a great way of getting specific questions answered quickly and reliably. You can even attend GGSEA tEAm Meetings or GGSEA Monthly Society meetings (which includes an education CPE).

BE THE EXPERT you’re meant to be! Nothing beats the feeling of having the Tax knowledge to show your Tax Client that you’re the right person for the job. As Tax Experts of the United State, we need to be armed with up to date information in the field of taxation and best way to get all the information is by taking Continuing Education courses, representation workshops, Monthly CPE and Annual Super Seminars with GGSEA and CSEA.

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NEWS & HOT TOPICS

New Beneficial Ownership Information FAQs

4/19/2024
FinCEN has posted new beneficial ownership information FAQs regarding reporting requirements, compliance, enforcement, exemptions, and more.

Proposed Rules on Corporate Stock Buybacks

4/12/2024
The Treasury Department and IRS have announced proposed guidance concerning the one percent excise tax owed on corporate stock repurchases.

Help for Clients Who Received a Form 1099-K in 2024

4/5/2024
IRS reports that misinformation continues to circulate about why taxpayers may or may not have received a Form 1099-K, Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions, in 2024.

File for Unclaimed 2020 Refunds by May 17

3/29/2024
Unclaimed tax refunds totaling more than $1 billion are waiting for about 940,000 taxpayers across the country who did not file their 2020 returns.

Transforming IRS for a Digital World

3/29/2024
IRS commissioner Danny Werfel shared his vision for a modern and accessible IRS during a recent talk at the Kogod School of Business.

OPR Best Practices for CAF Numbers

3/15/2024
Practitioners should maintain an up-to-date list of client authorizations that are open with IRS, and withdraw those that are no longer needed.

IRS is Sending Compliance Letters to Non-Filers

3/1/2024
IRS is launching a new compliance effort focused on high-income taxpayers who have failed to file federal income tax returns. IRS is mailing more than 250,000 compliance alert letters, formally known as the CP-59 notice.

Tips for Avoiding Incorrect Forms 1099-K

2/23/2024
Business owners that accept payment through apps like PayPal and Venmo should create a separate account for personal use so personal payments don't show up on their business's Form 1099-K.

Beware of Mail from Government Imposters

2/16/2024
Imposter scams were the top fraud category in 2023. If you get a letter that looks like it’s from the government and demands money or information, it could be a scam.

New EFIN Scam Email Targets Tax Pros

2/9/2024
IRS is warning tax pros about an email scam that impersonates software companies in an attempt to steal Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs). The scammers claim that they need EFIN verification in order to transmit tax returns.

Taxpayers Must Report All Digital Asset Income

1/26/2024
Taxpayers must answer a digital asset question and report all digital asset-related income when they file their 2023 federal income tax return. Common digital assets include cryptocurrency, stablecoins, and non-fungible tokens.

IRS to Begin Accepting Business Tax Returns on January 16

1/12/2024
IRS will begin accepting business tax returns at 6:00 am, Pacific on Tuesday, January 16. However, due to legislation changes, IRS will not accept certain 2023 tax year forms until January 29.

IRS to Begin Accepting 2023 Individual Tax Returns on January 29

1/12/2024
IRS will begin accepting 2023 individual tax returns at 6:00 am, Pacific on Monday, January 29. The deadline to submit 2023 tax returns or an extension to file and pay tax owed is April 15.

Report Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) to FinCEN

1/5/2024
As of January 1, 2024 certain types of corporations, limited liability companies, and other similar entities created in or registered to do business in the United States must report BOI to the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

Penalty Relief for 2020 and 2021 Returns

12/28/2023
IRS has now announced penalty relief for the almost five million individuals, businesses, and tax-exempt organizations that were not sent automated collection reminder notices during the pandemic.

New Employee Retention Credit Voluntary Disclosure Program

12/28/2023
IRS has launched a new Voluntary Disclosure Program to help employers who want to pay back the money they received after filing ERC claims in error.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer - Marin County

12/26/2023
Well established San Rafael CPA firm is seeking an Enrolled Agent to join our firm.

IRS Plans New Leadership Structure

12/15/2023
IRS has announced plans for a new organizational structure featuring one deputy IRS Commissioner, instead of two.

IRS Mails Employee Retention Credit (ERC) Letters

12/8/2023
IRS is mailing approximately 20,000 Letter 105 C, Claim Disallowed, notifying taxpayers of their disallowed ERC claims.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer - Scotts Valley

11/29/2023
Seeking an experienced Enrolled Agent to prepare individual, S-corp and partnership tax returns.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer - San Fernando Valley

11/16/2023
Tax and Financial Service firm is looking for a seasonal tax preparer for February 1 to April 15. Prepare and complete accurate tax returns for individuals, S-Corporations, Partnerships and Fiduciaries

FTB Last-Minute Filing Season Reminders

10/13/2023
The October 16 deadline for most Californians to file and pay their 2022 taxes is next Monday, October 16.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - San Mateo

10/11/2023
Seeking an Enrolled Agent to assist owner with complex individual returns and S corp returns. Must come to the office three days a week.

IRS Reduces PTIN User Fees

10/6/2023
IRS has announced that the cost of applying for or renewing a PTIN in 2024 will be $19.75, reduced from the 2023 fee of $30.75.

Help Wanted - Office Administrator - Tax Preparer - Davis

10/4/2023
This position will support our specialized financial planning services and is a great opportunity for someone who is newer to the financial planning tax preparation field.

IRS Orders Immediate Stop to New Employee Retention Credit (ERC) Processing

9/15/2023
IRS has stopped new Employee Retention Credit processing amid a surge of questionable claims, concerns from tax pros, and aggressive marketing to ineligible applicants.

Help Wanted - Experienced EA - San Mateo

9/7/2023
Seeking an experienced (or not so experienced) EA to help owner with complex individual and extremely small business returns.

Help Wanted - Year-Round, Part-Time Enrolled Agent or Licensed Tax Preparer - Fremont

9/5/2023
Fremont, CA firm looking for tax preparer with minimum 5 years’ experience preparing complex individual, business, trust and non-profit income tax returns.

Help Wanted - Experienced Tax Preparer - Folsom

8/23/2023
If you’re seeking to become a part of a rapidly expanding CPA firm deeply rooted in the community, we’d love to hear from you.

IRS Launches Paperless Processing Initiative

8/4/2023
This week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced the launch of the Paperless Processing Initiative. By filing season 2024, taxpayers will be able to digitally submit all correspondence, non-tax forms, and notice responses to IRS.

Home Energy Audits May Qualify for the Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit

8/4/2023
This week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced the launch of the Paperless Processing Initiative. By filing season 2024, taxpayers will be able to digitally submit all correspondence, non-tax forms, and notice responses to IRS.

IRS Ends Most Unannounced Revenue Officer Visits

7/28/2023
In order to reduce public confusion, IRS is ending most unannounced visits to taxpayers by revenue officers. The growth in scam artists posing as IRS agents and appearing at taxpayers’ doors has increased confusion for taxpayers.

The Value of Checking FTB Wait Times

7/28/2023
One of the useful tools on the FTB website is the Wait Times page. This page includes a lot of information that can help manage your clients’ expectations or help you plan when to contact FTB.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - Sherman Oaks

7/20/2023
We seek a highly motivated candidate looking to work as a team player in a fast-paced environment with the opportunity to manage a growing list of clients.

Help Wanted - FT In-House Bookkeeper and Tax Preparer - San Diego

7/19/2023
San Diego Tax & Accounting office is looking for an experienced BK & seasonal TP. Minimum 5 years of experience. Must have active CTEC, EA or CPA license.

The Long and Winding Road of Advocacy

7/14/2023
Read how 2019-2020 CSEA President and long-time legislative affairs enthusiast Joyce Cheng, EA helped to implement longer holding period for EDD bank levies.

Position Wanted - Enrolled Agent - Working From Home

7/5/2023
CSEA Member (EA) seeks WFH year-round bookkeeping work and tax preparation for business tax returns on a contract basis. 10+ years of experience on QuickBooks (both Desktop and Online) and Lacerte.

Help Wanted - Experienced Tax Preparer - Santa Rosa

6/26/2023
Santa Rosa CPA firm is looking for an experienced CPA or EA to join our team. Position for tax preparer with Lacerte and QuickBooks experience preferred.

IRS Moves Forward with Free Direct File Program

5/26/2023
IRS is taking steps to begin a pilot project for the 2024 filing season of a free IRS-run electronic filing system, also known as Direct File.

Position Wanted - Tax Professional - Working From Home

5/12/2023
CSEA Member (EA) seeking WFH tax work on a contract basis. Six years’ experience preparing individual, 1065 & 1120-S returns using TaxAct Professional, ProSystem FX Tax, TurboTax, and Lacerte.

FTB Alert - Disaster Relief Does Not Automatically Allow Skipped Installment Agreement Payments

5/12/2023
We know that IRS provides relief from installment agreement payments on past due balances during disaster relief periods. This is not true for FTB.

Apply for CSEA Scholarships by June 30, 2018

5/8/2023
CSEA Education Foundation scholarships are awarded three times each year, and the next application deadline is June 30, 2018.

Cybersecurity and Your Safety

3/17/2023
Artificial intelligence may be the latest hot topic, but when it comes to your cybersecurity, scammers and social engineers still account for most nefarious intrusions into virtual spaces.

Help Wanted - Experienced Tax Preparer - Fresno or Riverdale

2/8/2023
Accounting and tax firm is looking for an experienced tax preparer for long-term employment. Knowledge of Lacerte and QuickBooks required, EA licensed preferred.

FTB 2022 Filing Season Tax Tips

2/3/2023
As filing season opens, FTB is reminding taxpayers about AB 194, which gives FTB authority to grant California individual taxpayers a one-time penalty abatement.

Copy of Progress Update on IRS Strategic Plan and Goals

2/3/2023
The IRS Progress Update for Fiscal Year 2022 is now available, with a review of IRS’s accomplishments in each of its goals areas.

Progress Update on IRS Strategic Plan and Goals

2/3/2023
The IRS Progress Update for Fiscal Year 2022 is now available, with a review of IRS’s accomplishments in each of its goals areas.

2023 Passenger Vehicle Depreciation Limits

1/20/2023
Revenue Procedure 2023-14 provides tables of limitations on depreciation deductions for owners of passenger automobiles, trucks and vans placed in service in 2023.

National Taxpayer Advocate’s 2023 Legislative Recommendations

1/20/2023
The 2023 Purple Book, which is presented as part of the National Taxpayer Advocate’s annual report to Congress, is a compilation of 65 legislative recommendations to strengthen taxpayer rights and improve tax administration.

Advise Your Clients to Check Their Tax Withholding

1/20/2023
IRS is reminding taxpayers to use the Tax Withholding Estimator to adjust their 2023 withholding so that they don’t have too much or too little tax withheld.

FTB Tax Relief for Californians Impacted by Winter 2023 Storms

1/20/2023
Californians impacted by the recent winter storms are now eligible to claim a deduction for a disaster loss and will have more time to file their taxes.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer - San Juan Capistrano

1/10/2023
Fast-growing CPA office in San Juan Capistrano is looking for an experienced tax preparer. Compensation will be based on experience. 2-3 years of recent experience preparing individual and business tax returns.

Complimentary Members-Only Event - January 11, 2023

1/6/2023
The Leadership Development Committee is presenting its second time management webinar: Setting Yourself Up for Success in 2023. Please join us for this Members-only live webinar next Wednesday, January 11, from 2:00 pm - 4 pm, Pacific.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer - Thousand Oaks

1/5/2023
Tax accountants are looking for an individual to help prepare tax returns for the upcoming tax season. We use Lacerte software to prepare the returns. This would be part-time or full-time from February through April 18th.

Help Wanted - Tax Senior Associate - Los Altos

12/15/2022
Boutique Silicon Valley firm seeks a senior tax associate part-time for TY 2022. Ideal buy-out opportunity in 2-3 years for the right candidate. 4+ years of experience in 1040 and 1041 returns. EA or CPA only.

Practice for Sale - Albany, CA

12/15/2022
Excellent opportunity! EA practice based in Albany, CA. Clients like remote interviews. Available now!

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer - Fullerton

12/8/2022
We are looking for someone with at least two years of proven work experience preparing taxes. Must be able to prepare individual, business and trust returns. Be able to prepare concise open item lists. QuickBooks and CCH Axcess Tax preferred.

Help Wanted - Tax Managers - San Jose

12/2/2022
We are seeking individuals with five plus years of experience. Knowledgeable in federal and California taxation of individuals, partnership, corporations, and trusts. Must hold a valid EA or CPA license.

Help Wanted - Tax Senior Associates - San Jose

12/2/2022
We are seeking individuals with three years of California tax experience with individual, corporate, and partnership tax returns. Must hold a valid EA license or be working towards becoming an EA.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer - Santa Maria

11/30/2022
Seeking assistance for 2022 year tax preparation. Part-time and remote services will be considered. Need experience in the preparation of business entity tax returns, and also in the preparation of tax returns for trusts.

Practice for Sale - Escondido

11/30/2022
North San Diego County CPA desires to sell about 100 Form 1040 clients. Average fee around $450.

Practice for Sale - San Jose

11/16/2022
Looking to sell small tax business in San Jose. Asking $65K. We have about 150 long-term clients, both individual and corporate, as well as some international clients. We use Lacerte. Approximately half of our clients are in the Bay Area.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer - Remote

11/1/2022
Our firm prepares taxes for Americans all over the world. We are seeking a tax preparer to work remotely as an independent contractor. The ideal candidate is a CPA, EA, or a candidate with at least 1 year of experience preparing US tax returns.

Renew Your PTIN Now for 2023

10/21/2022
IRS is now processing PTIN applications and renewals for 2023. Preparers must renew or register for their PTIN by December 31. The fee to apply for or renew 2023 PTINs is $30.75.

Help Wanted - Bookkeeper/Accountant - Thousand Oaks

10/19/2022
We are seeking an individual with strong bookkeeping skills and a background in business accounting. Knowledge of Lacerte and QuickBooks is expected, and tax knowledge with individual, business and fiduciary returns and payroll is a plus.

Help Wanted - Tax Professional - Los Banos, CA

10/5/2022
O. Ray Sheets Accountancy, located in Los Banos, is seeking a tax professional with a minimum of five years of experience in preparing individual, corporate, partnership and fiduciary income tax returns.

Help Wanted - Senior Tax Professional - Irvine/Orange County, CA

9/28/2022
We are looking to hire a Senior Tax Professional (part-time and full-time positions). Flexible schedule - pick your own hours, set your own schedule. NO OVERTIME EVEN DURING THE BUSY SEASON.

Improperly Forgiven Paycheck Protection Program Loans are Taxable

9/23/2022
When a taxpayer's PPP loan is forgiven based upon misrepresentations or omissions, the taxpayer cannot exclude the forgiveness from income.

Help Wanted - Tax Manager - Sacramento

9/22/2022
Sacramento CPA firm is seeking a Tax Manager for entity and individual clients. Duties include preparing complex returns, YE accounting, and financial statements; reviewing returns, accounting, and financial statements; and managing staff accountants

New Sample Data Security Plan for Tax Pros with Smaller Practices

8/19/2022
IRS has released a sample data security plan designed to help tax pros, especially those with smaller practices, protect their data and information.

IRS Appeals Invites Input on Video Conference Options

8/19/2022
The IRS Independent Office of Appeals welcomes input from taxpayers and tax pros on how video conference technology can best be used in an Appeals hearing.

New Electronic Fingerprinting Process for E-File Applicants

8/19/2022
IRS will not process paper fingerprint cards postmarked after August 15. Beginning September 25, IRS will implement a new electronic fingerprinting process for e-file applicants.

Practice for Sale - Concord

8/15/2022
Practice for sale in Concord, CA. Asking $165,000. Approximately 480 individual returns and 28 trust returns. We use the Lacerte tax program.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer Associate - La Mesa

8/3/2022
We are seeking a tax preparer associate for part-time season work in our La Mesa Office. Unique self-employment opportunity. Practice spin-off.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer - Westlake Village

8/1/2022
We are an online tax firm that does not meet clients face to face. All client interactions take place telephonically. We need a tax preparer with two years of experience or more. BA degree in finance or accounting is preferred. CTEC and valid PTIN.

New IRS Five-Year Strategic Plan

7/29/2022
IRS's 2022-2026 Strategic Plan serves as a roadmap to guide its programs and operations and meet the needs of taxpayers and the tax community.

Estate Tax Portability Election Relief

7/29/2022
Revenue Procedure 2022-32 provides a simplified method for estates to obtain an extension of time to file a return on or before the fifth anniversary of the decedent's death to elect portability of the deceased spousal unused exclusion amount.

Tell Your Clients About Identity Protection PINs

7/29/2022
IRS is encouraging tax pros to inform their clients about the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program in order to help protect them against tax-related identity theft. IP PINs are now available to anyone who can verify their identity.

Apply Now for 2022-2023 California Competes Tax Credits and Grants

7/29/2022
Applications are now being accepted for the California Competes Tax Credit and Grant Program, with $85 million in tax credits and $120 million in grants available this application period.

Large Practice for Sale - Santa Clarita

7/22/2022
Large tax office in Santa Clarita is for sale. We prepare about 3,000 tax returns, including various levels of individual returns such as schedule C's, rental properties, investors, etc., and about 500 trust returns, C corps and partnership returns.

Help Wanted - Experienced CPA or EA - Palo Alto

7/12/2022
We are a full-service tax/accounting firm focused on small business and individual taxes, established in 1982 in Palo Alto. We specialize in helping clients deal with life-changing events such as starting a business and buying/selling real estate.

Want to Buy a Practice - Encino

7/12/2022
I'm interested in buying a tax practice. I'm an EA and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) located in Encino, in practice for 34+ years. My current practice consists of tax, bookkeeping, payroll and tax resolution. Well qualified, lots of tax knowledge.

Changes to the E-file Application Fingerprinting Process

7/8/2022
Beginning September 25, IRS will implement a new electronic fingerprinting process for e-file applicants. Individuals will be required to use the IRS authorized vendor for fingerprinting.

FTB to Administer California’s Middle Class Tax Refund

7/8/2022
FTB announced today that it will administer the Middle Class Tax Refund, to provide qualified state personal income tax filers with a one-time payment.

Help Wanted - Experienced EA - Simi Valley

7/7/2022
Seeking an outgoing and experienced EA to take over the clientele of a retiring team member. Busy office. Must be able to prepare individual, trust, partnership and corporate tax returns. Competitive pay, Simple IRA, health insurance available.

Practice for Sale - Las Vegas, NV

7/6/2022
EA practice for sale with an annual income of $140,327. 2021 reports: 176 1040s; 27 1120s; four 1041s and two 990s. There are plenty of people on extension. We also had a home office, but our house burned - total loss. I’m going to retire.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer or EA - San Bernardino

7/5/2022
Established local accounting and tax firm is seeking an experienced tax preparer or EA. Prepare individual, estate (trust), and corp and partnership returns. Competitive pay and benefits.

Help Wanted - Senior Tax Preparer - Pleasant Hill

6/13/2022
Seeking a senior tax preparer with 6+ years of tax preparation experience. Looking for help in reviewing tax returns, both individual and business. Growth opportunity and succession planning in this position.

Help Wanted - Tax Resolution Case Manager - CPA, EA or Attorney - Carlsbad

6/1/2022
Growing tax firm currently accepting applications for FT EA, CPA or Attorney. Salary from $55K/year. Responsibilities include the representation of tax clients with the IRS and possibly the preparation of taxes. Working knowledge of IRS collections.

Guidance on Revised FTC Safeguards Rule

5/27/2022
The FTC revised its Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information, also known as the Safeguards Rule, in December 2021. The Rule requires covered financial institutions to develop, implement, and maintain an information security program with safegu

IRS Updates “Where’s My Refund?” Tool

5/27/2022
IRS's "Where’s My Refund?" online tool has been enhanced to allow taxpayers to check the status of their current tax year plus two previous years' refunds.

NAEA Testifies Against Enrolled Agent User Fee Increases

5/20/2022
NAEA testified against proposed increases to Enrolled Agent user fees during a May 11 hearing, which was held via teleconference before the IRS and the Treasury.

IRS Seeks Recommendations for 2023 Priority Guidance Plan

5/20/2022
IRS invites taxpayers and practitioners to submit recommendations for possible inclusion in the 2022-2023 Priority Guidance Plan by June 3.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer or EA - Novato

5/10/2022
Novato CPA firm is seeking a tax preparer / EA. Experienced or newly licensed EA will be considered. Full-time or part-time, year-round positions are available. This is an on-site, non-remote position.

Updated Offer in Compromise Form 656 Booklet

4/29/2022
Tax professionals submitting Offers in Compromise (OICs) to IRS must use the most current year version of the Form 656-B, Offer in Compromise Booklet in order to avoid processing issues.

Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council Accepting Applications

4/29/2022
IRS is accepting applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) through June 3. Members are appointed to three-year terms beginning in January 2023.

Member Alert - Beware of Phishing Emails

4/29/2022
Some of our Members have reported receiving suspicious emails requesting help with tax preparation, late or missing tax payments, and more.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer or EA - San Francisco

4/28/2022
San Francisco tax firm is looking for a tax preparer / EA to start ASAP. Qualified applicant will be familiar with Lacerte and be proficient in individual, partnership, corporate and fiduciary tax returns. Good people skills are critical.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - San Francisco Area

4/20/2022
Kugelman Law is a growing San Francisco-based tax and cryptocurrency law firm looking for an enthusiastic and bright Enrolled Agent to help accelerate the firm’s expansion throughout California.

WHY CHOOSE AN ENROLLED AGENT

Enrolled Agents are America’s Tax Experts. We are federally-licensed tax practitioners who specialize in tax preparation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. If you get a letter from the IRS, or worse, are audited or are the target of a collection action, your EA can speak directly to the IRS on your behalf.

Enrolled Agents are trained in a wide variety of tax situations, both common and unusual. With tax laws changing yearly, it’s more critical than ever to consult with a qualified tax specialist on your tax and financial strategy. The Enrolled Agent license is the highest credential the IRS issues. Be confident about your tax return – use an Enrolled Agent.

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GGSEA NEWS

WINNER! Norman M. Golden, EA - "EA of the Year"

At the recent California Society of Enrolled Agents Grand Banquet awards and installation dinner, GGSEA member, Norman Golden, EA, was named "EA of the Year"!
Norman is a Past President of GGSEA, Past President of CSEA, and this is his SECOND time winning "EA of the Year"!
Congrats Norm!

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Golden Gate’s monthly membership dinner meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of the month. No member meeting is held in April due to tax season deadlines.

Registration/Hospitality generally begins at 6:00 PM.
Dinner Service at 6:45 and the Education Program at 7:30,
Timing of individual meetings, however, may differ slightly due to increased CE hours or additional agenda items such as membership voting.

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Be sure to register early to avoid a late charge.

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