Tax News March 2023
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In this edition March 2023
- What’s New for Filing 2022 Tax Returns
- California Treatment of the Employee Retention Credit
- Single Member LLC to file Form 568
- New MyFTB Features
- Occasions when we send Text Messages
- What’s New with Tax Forms
- IRS Updates and More
- Ask the Advocate
- Tax News Flash Links
- FTB Career Opportunities
- Event Calendar
What’s New for Filing 2022 Tax Returns
Filing Status Name Changed to Qualifying Surviving Spouse/Registered Domestic Partner (RDP)
The filing status qualifying widow(er) is now called qualifying surviving spouse/RDP. The rules for the filing status have not changed.
Pass-Through Entity (PTE) Elective Tax and Other State Tax Credit Calculation
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, and before January 1, 2026, the calculation of the other state tax credit (OSTC) has changed. California law allows a qualified partner, member, or shareholder of an electing qualified entity to increase the net tax payable by the amount of the allowed PTE tax credit that reduced net tax, before application of the OSTC, in the same taxable year.
For more information, get Schedule S, Other State Tax Credit, or see California Revenue and Taxation Code (R&TC) Section 17052.10.
For more information, see Schedule CA (540) instructions.
Middle Class Tax Refund
The California Middle Class Tax Refund (MCTR) is a one-time payment issued to provide relief to qualified recipients. California excludes this payment from gross income. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance on February 10, 2023, that Californians do not need to report MCTR payments on their 2022 tax return, and that the IRS will not challenge the taxability of these payments for the 2022 tax year.
For more information about the IRS’s guidance visit IRS issues guidance on state tax payments to help taxpayers.
For more information, see Schedule CA (540) instructions.
Timeliness Penalty Abatement
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, an individual taxpayer may elect to request a one-time abatement of a failure-to-file or failure-to-pay timeliness penalty either orally or in writing. The requirements for one-time abatement include:
- the taxpayer was not previously required to file a California personal income tax return or has not previously been granted abatement under R&TC Section 19132.5,
- the taxpayer has filed all required returns as of the date of the request for abatement, and
- the taxpayer has paid, or is in a current arrangement to pay, all tax currently due.
For more information, see R&TC Section 19132.5.
Young Child Tax Credit Expansion (YCTC)
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, California expanded the YCTC eligibility to include an eligible individual with a qualifying child who would otherwise have been allowed the California EITC, but the individual has earned income of zero dollars or less, does not have net losses in excess of $32,490 in the taxable year, and does not have wages, salaries, tips, and other employee compensation in excess of $32,490 in the taxable year.
For more information, get Form 3514, or go to ftb.ca.gov and search for YCTC.
Foster Youth Tax Credit (FYTC)
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, the refundable FYTC is available to an individual and/or spouse/RDP age 18 to 25, who is allowed the California EITC for the taxable year, was in foster care while 13 years of age or older and placed through the California foster care system. The maximum amount of credit allowable for each eligible taxpayer is $1,083. The credit amount phases out as earned income exceeds the threshold amount of $25,000, and completely phases out at $30,000.
For more information, see specific line instructions for Form 540 and Instructions for Form 540, and Form 3514, and Instructions for Form 3514. Also see R&TC Section 17052.2, or go to ftb.ca.gov and search FYTC.
Voter Registration Information
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, we added a new Voter Registration Information checkbox on the tax return. For voter registration information, check the box on Form 540, Side 5 and go to sos.ca.gov/elections for more information. Also, see specific line instructions for Form 540, Voter Information Section and “Voting is Everybody’s Business” under Additional Information section for more information.
Principal Business Activity Codes
The Principal Business Activity Codes have been updated and revised to reflect updates to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
For more information, see business entity booklets.
Repeal of Net Operating Loss (NOL) Suspension
For the 2022 taxable year, the NOL suspension has been repealed.
For more information, see R&TC Section 17276.23 and 24416.23 or get FTB 3805V, NOL Computation and NOL and Disaster Loss Limitations - Individuals, Estates, and Trusts or FTB 3805Q, Net Operating Loss (NOL) Computation and NOL and Disaster Loss Limitations - Corporations.
Repeal of Credit Limitation
For the 2022 taxable year, the credit limitation has been repealed. AB 85 chaptered June 29, 2020, included Credit Limitation – For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2023, there is a $5,000,000 limitation on the application of credits for taxpayers. The total of all credits including the carryover of any credit for the taxable year may not reduce the “tax” by more than $5,000,000.
SB 113 chaptered February 09, 2022, repealed credit limitation for the 2022 tax year. TFDD has include WN paragraphs in applicable products.
For more information, see R&TC Section 17039.3 and 23036.3.
Taxpayers may need to file FTB 4197, Information on Tax Expenditure Items, with the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to report tax expenditure items as part of FTB’s annual reporting requirements under R&TC Section 41.
To determine if you have an R&TC Section 41 reporting requirement, see R&TC Section 41, Reporting Requirements section, or get FTB 4197.
Homeless Hiring Tax Credit (HHTC)
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, and before January 1, 2027, an HHTC will be available to a qualified taxpayer that hires eligible individuals. The amount of the tax credit will be based on the number of hours the employee works in the taxable year. Employers must obtain a certification of the individual’s homeless status from an organization that works with the homeless and must receive a tentative credit reservation for that employee. Any credits not used in the taxable year may be carried forward up to three years.
For more information, get FTB 3831, Homeless Hiring Tax Credit or go to ftb.ca.gov and search for HHTC.
Soundstage Filming Tax Credit
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, R&TC Section 17053.98(k) and 23698(k) allows a fourth film credit, the Soundstage Filming Tax Credit against tax. The credit is allocated and certified by the California Film Commission (CFC). The qualified taxpayer is allowed:
- a credit against income tax liability
- to sell the credit to an unrelated party (independent films only)
- to assign the credit to an affiliated corporation
- to apply the credit against qualified sales and use taxes
For more information, get FTB 3541, California Motion Picture and Television Production Credit, FTB 3551, Sale of Credit Attributable to an Independent Film, go to ftb.ca.gov and search for motion picture or go to the CFC website at film.ca.gov and search for soundstage filming tax credit.
State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (SHRTC)
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, a SHRTC is available to qualified taxpayers that received a tax credit allocation from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC). The credit is for the rehabilitation of certified historic structures and for individual taxpayers, a qualified residence. Any credits not used in the taxable year may be carried forward up to eight years. Taxpayers should apply for the tax credit reservation with CTCAC and have received a tax credit allocation confirmation number from CTCAC prior to claiming the SHRTC on FTB 3835. While the credit was not funded, and cannot be claimed, for tax year 2021, the credit has been fully funded for the 2022 tax year.
For more information, get FTB 3835, State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, or go to the California Office of Historic Preservation website at ohp.parks.ca.gov and search for SHRTC.
High Road Cannabis Tax Credit (HRCTC)
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, and before January 1, 2028, a HRCTC will be available to a qualified taxpayer that is a licensed commercial cannabis business that meets specified criteria. The HRCTC is allowed in an amount equal to 25% of the total amount of the qualified taxpayer’s qualified expenditures in the taxable year not to exceed $250,000 per taxable year. Any credits not used in the taxable year may be carried forward up to eight years. A qualified taxpayer must request a tentative credit reservation from FTB during the month of July for each taxable year or within 30 days of the start of their taxable year if the qualified taxpayer’s taxable year begins after July.
For more information, go to ftb.ca.gov and search for HRCTC.
College Access Tax Credit
The sunset date for the College Access Tax Credit is extended until taxable years beginning before January 1, 2028.
For more information, get FTB 3592, College Access Tax Credit.
Small Business and Nonprofit COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Relief Grant
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2030, California law allows an exclusion from gross income for grant allocations received by a taxpayer pursuant to the California Small Business and Nonprofit COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Relief Grant Program that is established by Section 12100.975 of the Government Code.
For more information, see Schedule CA (540) instructions and business entity booklets or R&TC Section 17158 and 24312.
Thomas and Woolsey Wildfires Exclusion
For taxable years beginning before January 1, 2027, California law allows a qualified taxpayer an exclusion from gross income for any amount received in a settlement from Southern California Edison for claims relating to the 2017 Thomas Fire or the 2018 Woolsey Fire. If a qualified taxpayer included income for an amount received from these settlements in a prior taxable year, the taxpayer can file an amended tax return for that year. If the normal statute of limitations has expired, the taxpayer must file a claim by September 29, 2023.
For more information, see Schedule CA (540) instructions and business entity booklets or R&TC Section 17138.6 and 24309.1.
Fire Victims Trust Exclusion
For taxable years beginning before January 1, 2028, California law allows a qualified taxpayer an exclusion from gross income for any amount received from the Fire Victims Trust, established pursuant to the order of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California dated June 20, 2020, case number 19-30088, docket number 8053. If a qualified taxpayer included income for an amount received from the Fire Victims Trust in a prior taxable year, the taxpayer can file an amended tax return for that year. If the normal statute of limitations has expired, the taxpayer must file a claim by September 29, 2023.
For more information, see Schedule CA (540) instructions and business entity booklets or R&TC Section 17138.5 and 24309.3.
Turf Replacement Water Conservation Program
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, and before January 1, 2027, California law allows an exclusion from gross income for any amount received as a rebate, voucher, or other financial incentive issued by a public water system, as defined, local government, or state agency for participation in a turf replacement water conservation program.
Please note that taxpayers claiming this gross income exclusion should file FTB 4197, Information on Tax Expenditure Items. For more information, see Schedule CA (540) instructions and business entity booklets or R&TC Section 17138.2 and 24308.9.
California Treatment of the Employment Retention Credit
The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, allowed an Employee Retention Credit (ERC) for eligible employers who paid qualified wages.
Under federal law, employers that claim the ERC must reduce their wage and salary expense deduction by the amount of the ERC. California does not conform to these provisions and does not have a similar credit.
Based on the applicable federal rules and guidance related to the ERC, an employer receiving the ERC is not required to include the portion of the credit that reduces the employer’s applicable employment taxes, nor the refundable portion of the credit, in its gross income for California income tax purposes.
Single Member LLC Clients to File a Form 568
Since filing season is underway for the small business community, this is a good time to remind your single member limited liability company (SMLLC) clients that Form 568 is also due. An SMLLC disregarded for federal tax purposes, is also generally disregarded for California tax purposes, and the income and expenses of the SMLLC are reported directly on the return of the SMLLC’s owner, including on a Schedule C (Form 1040) for an SMLLC owner who is an individual.
They should also be aware, however, that California law states the separate existence of the business entity that is disregarded for federal tax purposes is not disregarded for California tax purposes for the:
- LLC tax
- LLC fee
- LLC return filing requirement
Generally, a disregarded SMLLC must file a tax return (Form 568) by the same deadline applicable to the owner's tax return. California does grant an automatic extension of time to file a return; however, keep in mind that an extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay the LLC tax or fee.
In summary, SMLLC taxpayers should be aware a disregarded SMLLC is also required to:
- File a tax return (Form 568)
- Pay the LLC annual tax
- Pay the LLC fee (if applicable)
Items of income, deduction, and credit (after applying appropriate limitations) from the SMLLC should be included in the owner’s tax return.
Go to Due dates for Businesses for more information.
New MyFTB Features
The following updates are intended to further improve self-service options available to MyFTB account users:
- Beginning, May 16, 2023, taxpayers and Power of Attorney (POA) representatives may request an Individual Status Letter (aka: Student Status Letter) online.
- We added the public field offices information to Other Services.
Occasions When We Send Text Messages
We will only deliver texts if you request to receive text messages via the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line or select the text deliver option through your MyFTB account.
If you call the Liens Program IVR at 916-845-4350 and select the option to receive a text, the text will include a link to ftb.ca.gov and instructions on how to make the payment.
Individuals with a MyFTB account can update their profile to receive text message alerts when the following activities occur on their account:
- A new notice or document is available.
- We approved a new Tax Information Authorization (TIA) relationship or approved a tax professional’s request to renew the TIA.
- A tax professional submitted a Power of Attorney (POA) declaration for approval.
- A tax professional with a TIA or POA relationship requested full online access to the taxpayer’s MyFTB account and the request is pending the taxpayer’s approval.
- Updates were made to contact preferences such as add, change, or remove SMS text notifications.
Individuals and tax professional representatives can manage the text message notifications through MyFTB, and choose to receive text messages, change which number we send them to, or stop receiving text messages.
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What’s New with Tax Forms
Understand What’s New with Tax Forms, get updates on changes to existing tax forms.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Updates and More
We partnered with the IRS to provide monthly IRS articles to assist our tax professional and small business communities. We are excited to share this information; however, if you have questions about the content, you will need to contact the IRS directly.
IRS: May 15 tax deadline extended to Oct. 16 for disaster area taxpayers in California, Alabama, and Georgia
IR-2023-33, Feb. 24, 2023 — Disaster-area taxpayers in most of California and parts of Alabama and Georgia now have until Oct. 16, 2023, to file various federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. Previously, the deadline had been postponed to May 15 for these areas.
Tax Time Guide: Things to consider when filing a 2022 tax return
IR-2023-32, Feb. 22, 2023 — With the 2023 tax filing season in full swing, the IRS reminds taxpayers to gather their necessary information and visit IRS.gov for updated resources and tools to help with their 2022 tax return.
IRS and Treasury issue final regulations on e-file for businesses
IR-2023-31, Feb. 21, 2023 — The Department of the Treasury and the IRS today issued final regulations amending the rules for filing returns and other documents electronically (e-file). These regulations will require certain filers to e-file beginning in 2024.
IRS and Treasury provide guidance for insurance providers on alternative minimum tax under the Inflation Reduction Act
IR-2023-30, Feb. 17, 2023 — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today issued Notice 2023-20, which provides interim guidance for insurance companies and certain other taxpayers for the new corporate alternative minimum tax (CAMT) until the issuance of proposed regulations.
Taxpayers can now upload more documents to IRS; new online option for 9 notices can help resolve issues faster
IR-2023-29, Feb. 16, 2023 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that taxpayers who receive certain notices requiring them to send information to the IRS now have the option of submitting their documentation online through IRS.gov.
IRS issues guidance on state tax payments to help taxpayers
IR-2023-23, Feb. 10, 2023. The IRS provides details clarifying the federal tax status involving special payments made by 21 states in 2022.
IRS announces special Saturday hours for face-to-face help; dozens of Taxpayer Assistance Centers open across the nation
IR-2023-20, Feb. 6, 2023 — As part of a continuing effort to improve service this tax season, the IRS announced special Saturday hours for the next four months at Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) across the country.
New IRS features allows taxpayers electronically filing amended returns to choose direct deposit to speed refunds
IR-2023-22, Feb. 9, 2023 — In the latest improvement for taxpayers, the IRS announced that people electronically filing their Form 1040-X, Amended U.S Individual Income Tax Return, will for the first time be able to select direct deposit for any resulting refund.
IRS introduces new service industry tip reporting program
IR-2023-19, Feb. 6, 2023 — The Treasury Department and IRS issued Notice 2023-13, which contains a proposed revenue procedure that would establish the Service Industry Tip Compliance Agreement (SITCA) program, a voluntary tip reporting program between the IRS and employers in various service industries. The IRS is issuing this guidance in proposed form to provide an opportunity for public comment.
IRS issues guidance and updates frequently asked questions related to new, previously owned, and qualified commercial clean vehicle credits
IR-2023-18, Feb. 3, 2023 — The IRS issued Notice 2023-16 that modifies the definitions of certain vehicle classifications for the new, previously owned, and qualified commercial clean vehicle credits.
Ask the Advocate
Enhancements to our Call Centers
Brenda Voet, EA
Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate
One of FTB’s goals is to provide exceptional service, as we continuously strive to enhance the customer experience for our taxpayers and tax professional community. The Tax Practitioner Hotline and General Taxpayer Service line receive an extremely high number of calls which can be greatly impacted, especially when new or unplanned issues arise. Unexpected call traffic can adversely affect the Level of Access (LOA) for our callers, and we are implementing new strategies to provide and maintain better LOAs.
To meet this goal, the Tax Practitioner Hotline will implement Virtual Hold technology in early March 2023. This new service will allow tax professionals to request a call back within a set time frame rather than wait on hold. We expect implementation of this new service to:
- Reduce abandoned calls
- Reduce deflected calls
- Raise the Level of Access
- Increase customer satisfaction
- Decrease the need to request resource assistance
In addition to Virtual Hold, we hired more staff to assist with coverage during peak filing season. We also extended the Tax Practitioner Hotline, and the General Taxpayer Service line hours as follows:
- March 1 through March 15, 2023: Tax Practitioner Hotline and Taxpayer Services will be open Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM
- March 31, 2023, Caesar Chavez Day: Tax Practitioner Hotline and Taxpayer Services will be open 8 AM to 5 PM
- April 10 through April 18, 2023: Tax Practitioner Hotline and Taxpayer Services will be open Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM
- May 1 through May 15, 2023: Tax Practitioner Hotline and Taxpayer Services will be open Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM
The implementation of Virtual Hold, hiring additional staff, and extending call center hours, enables FTB to provide optimal service when you need it most. Also, please keep in mind MyFTB offers many self-service options that can eliminate the need to call the Hotline. MyFTB is available 24/7, so you can take care of your client’s needs at your convenience.
For more information about MyFTB, or how to register for a MyFTB account, visit MyFTB.
Tax News Flash Links February 2023
FTB Career Opportunities
If you are a student, recent graduate, or experienced professional, we encourage you to apply. Find Careers with the State of California at Franchise Tax Board.
As part of our education and outreach to the tax professional community, we participate in many different presentations and fairs. We provide a calendar that shows the events we attend, as well as other events happening with us, such as interested party and Board meetings.