News Release

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release
May 10, 2016
NR 49-16-G

Free Spanish-Language Small Business Seminar and Resources Expo Comes to Sacramento

Sacramento – Spanish-speaking business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals who would like to start a small business or learn how to comply with California's often complex tax laws are invited to attend a free Small Business Seminar and Resources Expo (Seminario para Pequeñas Empresas y Exposición de Recursos) in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The seminar will be presented in Spanish.

California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Member George Runner and Chairwoman Fiona Ma, CPA are co-sponsoring the event with Mexican Consul General Alejandra García Williams, Senator Richard Pan, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, County Supervisor Phil Serna, Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

"We're pleased to offer this seminar specifically for Sacramento's Spanish-speaking community," said Runner. "Our goal is to help business owners be successful by ensuring they understand California's complicated tax laws."

"Running a small business can be challenging," said Chairwoman Ma. "My goal is to provide California's small business owners with the tools to prosper in today's economy. One of these is providing in-person assistance in our taxpayers' first language."

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

Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo (Seminario para pequeñas empresas y exposición de recursos)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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

Mexican Consulate
2093 Arena Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95834

Registration: 1-888-847-9652 or online

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

Note: These Spanish audio (script) and video PSAs 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.