California Personal Income Tax Lawyers

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What Is California?s Personal Income Tax?

In California, there are a number of individual tax brackets, as well as several tax brackets for couples. In determining what bracket applies, remember that California personal income tax brackets, below, only apply to your adjusted gross income (AGI). AGI is determined after making qualifying deductions.

Qualifying deductions can vary greatly, and include:

California qualifying deductions can also be quite distinct from Federal Income Tax deductions, and may require an entirely separate list.

If I Reach a Certain Income Tax Bracket, Will I Need a Lawyer?

Tax issues can occur at any income. For your reference, general tax brackets are laid out below.

Single individuals who earn up to and between:

Couples who earn up to and between:

The additional amounts behind each respective bracket are due to California taxing you the marginal rates of every bracket below yours.

What Are Some Common Tax Issues in California?

Audits: In California, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) regulates and controls income tax law. If the IRS audits you, you can essentially guarantee the FTB will contact you as well.

Residency: California’s tax bracket schedule is made to take into account nonresidents who earn within the state. Therefore, if you moved to or from California, the FTB may dispute your residency in order to tax you in a certain bracket.

Property: Before or after a divorce, issues such as assets, personal income, and exemptions like dependents and accountant or attorney fees. Furthermore, the government may seek to seize property over tax issues.

Evasion and Fraud: Tax fraud may not always be intentional, but can occur in a number of ways. For instance, it is tax fraud when not all income is reported or false deductions are created.

Seeking Legal Advice

California income tax is complicated and full of difficult language and concepts. Seeking the help of a qualified tax lawyer can help you navigate tax issues, and protect your rights in the event of an audit or litigation.

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Last Modified: 08-23-2016 10:02 PM PDT

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