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Tax Information For Businesses
 

The State of California also has online resources.  See, for example, the Employment Development Department's guide on Independent Contractor Reporting Requirements.  (To determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, see Revenue Ruling 87-41, also available here on this website.)  There are also resources here for:

bullet  Is Your Bank Deposit Insured?
bullet   Disability Insurance Information
bullet  Employer Advisory Council
bullet  Employment Tax Information
bullet  Job Recruitment/Referral Services
bullet  Labor Market Information
bullet  Work Opportunity and Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit (WOTC)
bullet  Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act

Here are a number of other California business tax resources:

bullet S-Corporations - California Franchise Tax Board.
Get answers to questions about taxes and S-corporations. Download forms and tax tables.
bullet Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies - California Franchise Tax Board.  Download California tax forms for partnerships and limited liability companies.
bulletSales, Property, and Use Taxes - California State Board of Equalization
Obtain complete information on California property and use tax. Download guides on business tax law and property tax law. Get contact information for county assessors.
bulletTax Assistance - California Franchise Tax Board
Get forms and information online or get phone numbers and office locations to provide tax assistance.

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Official Links to Corporate and Business Filing Bureaus.

 

Home page for businesses, with links to business publications, advertising guidance, fair packaging and labeling, antitrust law guide, and other topics. Information concerning the Hart-Scott Rodino pre-merger notification requirements is at: http://www.ftc.gov/bc/hsr/introguides/introguides.htme United States, other international instruments, and information on current negotiations and projects concerning private international law. Documents of the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the Hague Conference on Private International Law (Hague Conference), the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), and the Organization of American States (OAS) can be downloaded. Updated through January 1, 2001. For treaty action since President Bush took office, see http://www.state.gov/s/l/c3428.htm.
Americans with Disabilities Act Information and technical assistance on the ADA by the U. S. Department of Justice. 
BusinessLaw.gov Home page, operated by the U. S. Small Business Administration, with links to legal and regulatory information, and plain English guides for starting a business, handling finances, managing employees, and other topics.  
CIA, The World Factbook US government profiles of countries and territories around the world 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) EEOC site with basic introduction to employersí rights and responsibilities under the federal equal employ-ment opportunity laws.
Federal agencies (through Library of Congress site) A Library of Congress resource page with links to most federal agencies. 
Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC)

Part of the U.S. General Service Administration, the FCICís Small Business Links offer information for persons planning or owning small businesses, including information on procure-mentHome page, operated by the U. S. Small Business Administration, with links to legal and regulatory information, and plain English guides for starting a business, handling finances, managing employees, and other topics.  

CIA, The World Factbook US government profiles of countries and territories around the world Bank of San Francisco
  The current FRBSF discount rate, used to determine the usury ceiling in California, is posted at http://www.frbsf.org/banking/data/discount/index.htEEOC site with basic introduction to employersí rights and responsibilities under the federal equal employ-ment opportunity laws.
Federal agencies (through Library of Congress site) A Library of Congress resource page with links to most federal agencies. 
Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC)

Part of the U.S. General Service Administration, the FCICís Small Business Links offer information for persons planning or owning small businesses, including information on procure-ment, taxes, woman and minority-owned businesses, human resources, financial and legal issues. 

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) > Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Home page with statutory, regulatory, and compliance information regarding nondiscrim-ination requirements for federal contractors. 
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Home page with links to reports and other resources for banking industry professionals as well as public inform-ation about the national banking system.
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Home page.
Private International Law Database: Trade/Business Transactions Law, U.S. Department of State
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Home page with links to information for small businesses; online access to proposed and final rules, SEC releases, policy statements, and other commission notices and information; search-able database of all electronic company filings since 1994.
SEC Edgar SEC Edgar main page, with access to electronic filings and forms. 
Small Business Administration Home page with extensive links to federaHome page with statutory, regulatory, and compliance information regarding nondiscrim-ination requirements for federal contractors. 
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Home page with links to reports and other resources for banking industry professionals as well as public inform-ation about the national banking system.
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative>U.S. Department of Commerce Home page.
U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division Link to Antitrust Division Guidelines and Policy Statements. 
U.S. Department of Labor Home page with links to statutory and regulatory information, labor statistics, small business regulatory compliance assistance, and other information. 
U.S. Department of State Home page with links to international commercial laws and guides.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Home page. 
U.S. Government Printing Office Home page with links to products and services, including online searchable copies of the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations. 
U.S. International Trade Commission Home page with rules, regulations, reports, and other information including an extensive list of links to international trade resources.
U. S. Patent and Trademark Office Home page with downloadable forms and information on patent applications and trademark registrations.
FreePatentsOnline.com provides fast, easy-to-use access to millions of patents and patent applications.
California Department of Corporations, Securities Regulation Division Access to forms, departmental public-ations, Commissionerís releases, opinions, and notices, franchising information, and other topics.
California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Home page. 
California Employment DHome page with links to reports and other resources for banking industry professionals as well as public inform-ation about the national banking system.
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative>bility insurance, employment and training, labor market information, payroll taxes, and other topics. 
California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) Home page, links to downloadable state tax forms and publications.
California Legislative Counsel Full text of bills, resolutions, and constitutional amendments, as well as their status, history, votes, analyses, and veto messages. 
California Online Professional Licensing Online licensing services
California State Association of Counties Home page with links to all California counties except Tuolumne County (for Tuolumne County, see its Chamber of Commerce site at http://www.tcchamber.com/)
California State Board of Equalization Home page with access to information about sales and use taxes, sellersí permits, forms, and publications.  
California Secretary of State: California Business Portal Home page. 
Forms Directory of forms and samples for different business filings including UCC forms; some in fill-in format. 
Business Filings:
Corporations Corporations main page with links to filing tips to meet statutory minimum requirements, name availability, FAQs and more.
Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) LLC main page with links to forms and fees, name availability, FAQs and more.
Limited Partnerships Limited partnerships main page with links to forms and fees, name availability, FAQs and more.
General Partnerships General partnerships main page with links to forms and fees, name availability, FAQs and more.
California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Home page. 
California Employment Development Department (EDD)ww.ss.ca.gov/business/resources.htm">Starting a Business A step-by-step guide for starting a business in California; available in English or Spanish.
e-file Statement of Information Fill-in boxes to Home page; information concerning job placement and Home page; information concerning job placement and referrals, unemploy-ment insurance, disability insurance, employment and training, labor market information, payroll taxes, and other topics. 
California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) taxes, and other topics. 
California Franchise Tax Board (FTB).gov/business/notary/notary.htm">Notary Public Notary public main page, with links to topics such as obtaining a notary public commission, handbook, authenti-cations, apostille or certification, forms and fees.
Uniform Commercial Code UCC main page with links to financing state-ment forms, amendment forms, requests for information, revised Article 9 (as of July 1, 2001) and FAQs.
International Business Relations Program Main page in English or Spanish with interna-tOnline licensing services
California State Association of Countieslinks to forms, directories, and resources on many topics. 
Angel Capital Electronic Network Site dedicated to helping individual accredited investors, SBICs, and institutional venture capitalists find small, growing companies through a secure Internet database, and providing ongoing training and research for entre-preneurs and small investors 
BenefitsLink Compliance information and tools for employee benefit plan sponsors, service-providers and participants.  
Better Business Bureau Home page. 
The Biz-Tech Network by Brint Institute, LLC Portal with a meta-index of business, manage-ment, and information technology topics; it also provides search capabilities and full text articles on related issues.
Business.com Business search engine and directory intended to help users find companies, products, services, and other business-related information; some features are fee-based.  
Business 2.0 Web Guide Directory of business links on the web. 
California Business Law Legislation Links to recent business law legislative developments, from the State Bar of California, Business Law Section,
CISG Database at Pace University School of Law, Pace Law Library, Institute of International Commercial Law Site dedicated to U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), with annotated text of CISG, CISG in different languages, cases organi-zed by countries, and related CISG material.
CNN Money General business news offered by CNN and Money magazine.
Corporate Finance Sourcebook Link for ordering popular guidebook published by National Register Publishing, which features over 1500 top investment sources and 1700 service firms for business entrepreneurs. 
Corporate Information Research reports on public, private, domestic, and foreign corporations.
Academic Info
Business & Economics Organizations
Portal with annotated links to a variety of business-related topics. 
Edgar Online, Inc. Edgar Online, Inc. is a private company, not affiliated with the SEC, specializing in the extraction, packaging and distribution of public company information contained in SEC filings.
Electronic Embassy Website Information on all foreign embassies in Washington, D.C.
Enterpreneur.com Free access to Entrepreneur magazine articles back to 1997. 
Federal Gateway Free portal for federal government information, federal agency index, as well as links to state and local governments, operated by nonprofit Small Business Contracts Council, Inc. 
California Business Searchinancial Accounting Standards and other resources. 
Findlaw Business Center Portal with links to articles and guides on starting a business, taxes and accounting, small business legal concerns , and more. Part of West Group.  
Garage Technology Ventures Venture capital fund for emerging technology companies. 
Google Small Business Directory A directory of small business resources. 
Hieros Gamos Small Business Center Portal with links to topics such as starting a business, choosing a legal structure, and financing. 
Hooverís Online Subscription-based site with industry snapshots, company profiles, earnings and other information.
MarketResearch.com Free database of market research reports representing all market and industry sectors. 
MegaLaw.com Small Business Portal Portal with links to federal agencies and other websites related to small businesses. 
MultexInvestor (by Reuters Research, Inc.) Database providing research reports on companies and industries. 
NASDAQ and American Stock Exchanges (mirrored site) Comprehensive current information on market performance and investments.
National Association of Secretaries of State, Business Registration and Filing Services

Access to most state business and corporations divisions from a single webpage.

National Business Association Nonprofit associationís site for the self-employed and small business community. 
National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Home page with links to members and other resources. 
New York Stock Exchange Comprehensive, current information on market performance and investments.
News Cuts Free and fee-based small business news service. 
Open Directory Project Ė Small Business Free site with links to topics such as business plan, finance, home office, and start-up, edited by volunteers. 
Public Registerís Annual Report Service Free access to annual reports of over 2200 companies. Site also has links to the SECís Edgar database for filings.
The Small Business Portal Links to topics such as starting a business, franchise advice, financing, and home-based businesses. 
Tripod by Terra Lycos Portal with tips on starting an online business, yellow pages, some free and some fee-based services. 
U.S. GAAP Website Comprehensive source of information on generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. 
Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition General business news.
Washburn University School of Law Small Business Portal Portal with links to a forms library, business and economic data. 
Yahoo! Finance Free company profiles and stock charts for over 9000 public companies. 
Yahoo! Small Business Portal with links to topics such as creating a web-site, promoting a business, and selling online.
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