Current Advocacy Issues

What's going on in Advocacy?

Individual Health Mandate Penalty Estimator 

   Beginning January 1, all California residents must either have qualifying health insurance coverage, obtain an exemption from the requirement, or pay a penalty when they file their state tax return.

New Requirements for DE 4, 2020 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate 

   Starting in 2020, allowances are no longer included on the redesigned Form W-4 for PIT withholdings.

Donated Medicinal Cannabis is Exempt from Certain Taxes 

   Beginning March 1, cannabis retailers may donate free medicinal cannabis to medicinal cannabis patients without payment of certain taxes.

AB 5 Employment Status 

   Assembly Bill (AB) 5 changes the criteria for how workers are determined to be either employees or independent contractors. AB 5 requires the application of the “ABC test” to make this determination.

CSEA Opposes AB 1140 

   Although EAs are exempt from the requirements of AB 1140, the Legislative Affairs Committee is preparing a letter of opposition to Assemblymember Mark Stone's office and the Legislature. The Legislative Affairs Committee feels that the bill adversely

CSEA Sends Healthcare Mandate Information to Legislature 

   During CSEA’s annual lobby day at the Capitol on January 6, CSEA Members brought up the impending healthcare mandate to inform legislators about the tax ramifications for those who don’t receive coverage. When taxpayers file their...

FTB Hosts Annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hearing December 3 

   On Tuesday, December 3, CSEA and other stakeholder groups gave their testimony at the annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hearing, which accompanies FTB’s December Board meeting. CSEA brought two issues...

Independent Contracting - How Dynamex Impacts You and Your Clients 

   Many are aware that independent contracting laws were changed in April of 2018 when the California Supreme Court decided in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Supreme Court of Los Angeles to create a new standard for classifying...

New Online Tax Guide for Local and District Taxes 

   CDTFA’s new online Local and District Tax Guide for Retailers helps retailers properly to allocate local tax and determine how district taxes apply to their business transactions.

Marketplace Facilitator Act Update 

   Per CDTFA, marketplace sellers that sell tangible merchandise through a marketplace such as an Internet website may not be responsible for the sales or use tax on those sales.