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A Quick Reference for Small Business Owners

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May 2009 - Our publication, FTB 984, Common Business Expenses for the Business Owner and Highlights of the Federal/State Differences, can help you inform your clients about business expenses.

Whether your client is starting a new business or has been in business for several years, we want your clients to know all the expenses they are entitled to claim.

Also, this publication provides a list of expenses, federal/state treatment of those expenses, and federal/state publications your clients can obtain for additional guidance.

We also feature FAQs that will answer some of your client’s questions.

We developed the publication about three years ago, because we identified a need due to inquiries we receive, and outreach surveys at our small business forums.

To get the publication, go to and search for FTB 984.