News Release

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release
May 4, 2016
NR 46-16-M

Free Small Business and Resource Seminar Comes to Davis

Sacramento – Business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals who would like to manage a small business and learn how to comply with California's often complex tax laws are invited to attend a free Small Business and Resource Seminar in Davis on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Chairwoman Fiona Ma, CPA, and Board Member George Runner are sponsoring this small business seminar alongside Senator Lois Wolk, Assemblymember Bill Dodd, Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza, Mayor Dan Wolk, and the City of Davis.

"Running a small business can be challenging," said Chairwoman Fiona Ma. "My goal is to provide California's small business owners with the tools to prosper in today's economy."

"Small business is a critical part of California's economy," said Member Runner. "Our goal is to help business owners be successful by ensuring they understand California's complicated tax laws."

Those looking for assistance with state and federal tax laws, as well as those who want to expand their business knowledge, will benefit from the informative presentations. Topics include sales and use tax, recordkeeping, and forms of ownership. Representatives from the BOE, the Small Business Administration, and the Franchise Tax Board will conduct the presentations and answer questions.

Davis Small Business and Resource Seminar

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Veterans Memorial Theater
203 E 14th Street
Davis, CA 95616

Free parking is available.

Registration: 1-888-847-9652 or online

Learn more about a variety of other BOE in-person classes and online seminars.

Note: The PSA and script are available for your use.

Chairwoman Fiona Ma, CPA, was elected to the Board of Equalization in November 2014, to represent the Second Equalization District. She represents 9.5 million residents in many of California's coastal counties, from Del Norte to Santa Barbara, including the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Ma served in the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2012, serving as the first Asian woman Assembly Speaker pro Tempore. While in the Assembly, Ms. Ma focused on improving California, authoring legislation to create jobs and grow the state's economy. As an Executive Board Member of the National Conference of State Legislators, she worked to keep California's economy competitive with other states. Ms. Ma has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California since 1992. For more information, visit Ms. Ma's Web page.

George Runner represents the State Board of Equalization's First District and is a leading advocate for California taxpayers. Prior to being elected to the BOE, Runner served in the State Legislature where he authored California's Amber Alert and Blue Alert. As a member of the Senate Revenue and Taxation committee, he led the fight against tax increases and supported tax relief for all Californians. A thoughtful conservative, Runner's priorities include improving the economy, business growth, education excellence, and public safety for all Californians.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $60.5 billion annually in taxes and fees, supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit the California Tax Service Center.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation, and is not considered written advice under Revenue and Taxation Code section 6596. Changes in law or regulations may have occurred since the time this news release was written. If there is a conflict between the text of this news release and the law, decisions will be based upon the law and not this news release. For specific help, please contact the BOE at 1-800-400-7115.