With a proclamation designating May as Small Business Month, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) has a variety of free resources available to help small businesses make successful sales in California.
Small businesses are vital to the California economy. They create good jobs, energize main streets and increase economic opportunity for California entrepreneurs. In Q1 2022, more than 34,800 business owners registered for new sales and used tax accounts with CDTFA to open a business. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, 22% more taxpayers registered to open a business this year. In fiscal year 2020-21, the CDTFA had 1.3 million registered businesses, which includes a 7.7% increase in sales and use tax permits over the prior fiscal year.
“The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration strives to make doing business with us easy and convenient. We know that small business owners are often trying to figure out taxes and regulations after working all day to help their business succeed. We are here to help,” CDTFA Director Nick Maduros said.
The CDTFA offers several free tools to help small businesses do business in California.
Online services allow business owners to file sales and use tax returns, make payment, and register with CDTFA.
More than 50 industry, tax and fee guides and 780 downloadable forms and publications help taxpayers find answers to frequently asked questions about taxes and fees applicable to a particular industry.
Free Seminars, Classes, Clinics, and Workshops allow attendees to enroll in classes that allow for one-on-one interactive question and answer sessions. Last year, CDTFA helped more than 9,200 taxpayers in 350 online courses and seminars.
The Taxpayer Educational Counseling Program provides free one-on-one counseling to new taxpayers during their first year in business.
Local offices assist taxpayers through video or in-person appointments for assistance with their accounts.
Customer Service Center representatives are also available by calling toll-free at 1-800-400-7115 (CRS: 711), Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. line. Last year, CDTFA assisted more than 597,800 taxpayers through its call center.
CDTFA works hard to improve the lives of Californians by fairly and efficiently raising revenue that supports essential public services. CDTFA’s goal is to help small business owners understand their tax responsibilities.
The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) administers California sales and use, fuel, tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis taxes, as well as a variety of other taxes and fees that fund specific state programs. CDTFA-administered programs represent more than $73 billion annually, which in turn supports essential local services such as transportation, public safety and health, libraries, schools, social services, and community programs. management of natural resources through the distribution of taxpayers’ money going directly to local communities. .