News Release

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release
October 10, 2016
NR 83-16-G

Free Seminar Coming to Brentwood

Brentwood – Business owners, entrepreneurs, and people who would like to learn about running a successful business are invited to attend a free Small Business and Resource Seminar  in Brentwood on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Chairwoman Fiona Ma, CPA, is sponsoring the event with BOE Member George Runner, State Senator Steven M. Glazer, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho, Brentwood Mayor Robert Taylor, and the City of Brentwood.

"Our tax laws are often complicated and these seminars connect our small business owners to resources and knowledge necessary to successfully operate their businesses," said Chairwoman Ma.

"Small businesses are 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."

Seminar topics include understanding basic sales and use tax, determining if someone is an employee or independent contractor, learning about loan programs and services, determining forms of ownership, and receiving tips for accurate recordkeeping. Representatives from the BOE, U.S. Small Business Administration, Employment Development Department, Franchise Tax Board, Internal Revenue Service, Small Business Development Center, and GO-Biz have been invited to conduct presentations and answer questions.

Small Business and Resource Seminar

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Brentwood Community Center
35 Oak Street
Brentwood, CA 94513

Free parking

Registration: 1-888-847-9652 or Register online

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

Note: This audio PSA is 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.