Bakersfield, CA Business Tax Attorney + CPA
Every aspect of your business is impacted by Federal and California tax regulations. Before you start a business, you must choose an entity type that has favorable tax consequences. While you are operating the business, you must consider the possible tax ramifications of every transaction, simultaneously taking careful measures to prepare for and defend against potential tax audits. When it is time to sell or close the business, you would be wise to engage in careful exit planning to ensure a seamless transition. And if you intend to merge with or acquire another business, it is vital to ensure thorough due diligence takes place in order to uncover potential tax debts or “off balance sheet risk” you might inherit through successor liability or similar considerations.
No matter what stage of its development your company has reached, or what aspect of domestic or international tax law you need assistance navigating, count on the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing for effective, strategic counsel that is focused on the bottom line. Serving the Bakersfield region, we are award-winning Tax Attorneys and CPAs and CPA Candidates with decades of experience advising and representing C & S Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, and other pass-through entities, in addition to independent contractors and self-employed individuals. Leveraging our expertise in a wide breadth of state, federal, and international laws and treaties, our business tax attorneys and CPAs work tirelessly to refine your tax strategy and reduce your tax burden through entirely legal means so you can sleep peacefully at night.
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Business Entity Selection + Formation Attorneys in Bakersfield, CA
Selecting the appropriate structure is a fundamental step toward the long-term growth and success of your business. Each type of entity has different tax and asset protection consequences, making it vital to weigh your options carefully. Our business entity formation lawyers can guide you through the tax benefits and drawbacks of various structures in a post-TCJA landscape, in addition to handling all filings necessary to incorporate the business and register with state tax agencies, such as the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA).
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Income, Sales, and Payroll Tax Services for Employers in Bakersfield, CA
Employers must comply with an array of income, sales, and employment tax regulations, some of which are enforced by the IRS while others are enforced by state agencies like the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). For example, California employers are required to withhold, match, and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes from employee wages. Self-employed individuals, such as freelancers and sole proprietors, are required to pay self-employment taxes, which effectively substitute Medicare and other FICA taxes normally deposited and reported by employers. Note that online businesses are impacted by these same regulations, though some online sellers may qualify for relief from CDTFA sales tax penalties for specific time periods.
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Bakersfield Business Tax Audit Defense Attorneys
Most businesses will eventually face a tax audit. In some industries, the likelihood of an audit is amplified by a perceived potential for fraud and abuse. For example, auto dealerships and dental practices are frequently audited by the IRS, as are sole proprietorships, cash-based businesses, and businesses with more than $10 million in reported income.
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IRS Tax Audit Defense for Businesses
The IRS is more likely to audit your business if you have unfiled tax returns, owe unpaid federal taxes, or if it has received or discovered information that indicates a potential problem. For example, the IRS may have received information from your bank or a former employee, such as a report that you have improperly classified employees as independent contractors for purposes of committing payroll tax fraud. Other serious indicators of tax evasion include mismatched books; destroyed or missing records; backdated or otherwise falsified records; failures to deposit receipts; padding your business expenses; or misappropriating corporate funds to pay for personal expenses.
California Business Audit Defense (IRS, FTB, CDTFA, EDD)
Several state agencies can audit your business, depending on the tax issue under examination. For example, income tax audits are performed by the Franchise Tax Board, while California sales tax audits are performed by the CDTFA. We provide aggressive audit and appeals representation, protecting your business throughout the process and fighting for your right to contest an audit outcome you do not agree with.
Bakersfield, CA Business Tax Lawyers + CPAs for LLCS, Corporations, and Partnerships
In a competitive landscape where tax regulations are complicated and ever-evolving, give your business the edge it needs by retaining the services of an experienced, dependable, and strategically-minded tax attorney in Bakersfield. Contact the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing online to arrange a reduced-rate tax consultation, or call our Bakersfield, CA office at (661) 432-1480. Please note that meetings at our Bakersfield location are by appointment only.
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Will it cost me more to hire the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing, who’s main office and the vast majority of the firm’s staff is located in Irvine California, but an appointment only Satellite office is close to my location, as opposed to a local company? Absolutely not! See our policies that address this issue here: