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I need a state Employer ID number for my business. Who do I contact?

You will need to register with the Employment Development Department. You can call them toll-free at 888.745.3886 or visit your nearest Employment Tax Office.

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Who do I contact to start a business?

Contact your local Chamber of Commerce or call the statewide Chamber of Commerce 1-800-331-8877. The Chamber of Commerce will provide you with information for your area and referrals to other agencies. The mos...

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How do I incorporate?

Incorporation in California is done through the California Secretary of State. To obtain the necessary forms and information, go to sos.ca.gov, call 916.657.5448, or write to: SECRETARY OF STATE 1500 11TH STRE...

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How do I obtain information about changing my corporation's name?

You must contact the: SECRETARY OF STATE 1500 11TH STREET SACRAMENTO, CA 95814 The California Secretary of State will then notify Franchise Tax Board of your corporation's new name. For additional informatio...

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Interest Abatement—Do I qualify?

The law requires the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to charge interest. If your reported tax is not paid by the original due date, or if FTB assessed additional tax that becomes due and payable, FTB must charge inte...

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What is an information return?

An information return is a tax document or statement that contains information required to be reported to federal and state tax authorities. For example, Federal Forms 1098, 1099, 5498, and W-2G are used to rep...

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1099 or W-2? Are your workers independent contractors or employees?

Should you issue a 1099 or W-2? Learn more on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website. Other IRS resources include: IRS Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide, Publication 1779, Independent Cont...

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Can I e-file the California Partnership Return, Form 565, or Limited Liability Company Return, Form 568?

Yes, Franchise Tax Board accepts Forms 565 or 568 and their attached schedules, including Schedules K-1, for taxable years 2009 through present. For more information about our business e-file program, refer to ...

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The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) filed a lien against my business. How do I get the lien released?

To get an FTB lien released, pay the total tax liability (including any penalties and accrued interest) for the tax years represented on the lien. FTB will then issue a Release of Lien.

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My business has a Franchise Tax Board (FTB) lien and we are in a real estate transaction. What should we do?

Your escrow, title, or mortgage company will need to complete and send an eDemand request to FTB.

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