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California State Treasurer Fiona Ma's Tax Relief Resource List
Last updated: 9/9/2020
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Category (Local, State, Federal, Nonprofit, Private, Others)AgencyWebsiteTax CategoryTax Relief ProvisionTax Relief SummaryContact PersonContact EmailPhone Number
FederalIRShttps://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owedFederal Income TaxesFederal Income Tax Deadline extended to July 15, 2020.The federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

FederalIRShttps://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-extends-more-tax-deadlines-to-cover-individuals-trusts-estates-corporations-and-othersFederal Income Taxes
Federal Income Tax deadline extended to July 15, 2020.
The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department are extending a number of tax deadlines for individuals, trusts, estates, corporations and others due to the impact of the novel coronavirus. The July 15, 2020 extension generally now applies to all taxpayers that have a filing or payment deadline falling on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020.
FederalIRSwww.irs.govR&D Tax CreditResearch and Development Tax CreditBusinesses that are pivoting operations to develop new and improved solutions to halt the spread of COVID-19, including the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may qualify for the R&D tax credit.
FederalIRShttps://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/employee-retention-creditFederal Income TaxesEmployee Retention Tax CreditThe Employee Retention Credit is a refundable tax credit against certain employment taxes equal to 50 percent of the qualified wages an eligible employer pays to employees after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. Eligible employers can get immediate access to the credit by reducing employment tax deposits they are otherwise required to make. Also, if the employer's employment tax deposits are not sufficient to cover the credit, the employer may get an advance payment from the IRS. Any employer who receives a Small Business Administration Loan under the Paycheck Protection Program of the CARES Act is ineligible to receive this employee retention credit.
FederalIRShttps://www.irs.gov/newsroom/deferral-of-employment-tax-deposits-and-payments-through-december-31-2020Social Security TaxesEmployment Tax DeferralAn employer of any size can defer its payment of employer Social Security (6.2%) beginning March 27, 2020, and ending December 31, 2020, without penalty or interest charges. 50% must be paid by December 31, 2021, with remainder due by December 31, 2022. Any employer whose Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) SBA loan is forgiven under Section 1106 of the CARES Act is ineligible for this payroll tax delay.
FederalIRShttps://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-unveils-new-people-first-initiative-covid-19-effort-temporarily-adjusts-suspends-key-compliance-programFederal Income TaxesSuspension of Installment PaymentsFor taxpayers under an existing Installment Agreement, payments due between April 1 and July 15, 2020 are suspended. Taxpayers who are currently unable to comply with the terms of an Installment Payment Agreement, including a Direct Debit Installment Agreement, may suspend payments during this period if they prefer. Furthermore, the IRS will not default any Installment Agreements during this period. By law, interest will continue to accrue on any unpaid balances.
LocalCity of Oaklandhttps://www.oaklandca.gov/news/2020/city-of-oakland-outlines-small-business-workforce-support-to-mitigate-impacts-of-covid-19Business TaxesWaiver of late payment penalties for small businesses resulting from failure to file taxes due March 1, 2020.The City of Oakland will work with small business owners to help meet their tax obligations in a flexible manner. The City’s Finance Department will waive late payment penalties for small businesses resulting from failure to file taxes due March 1, 2020 on time due to COVID-19. To apply for a payment plan or to seek waiver of penalties due to COVID-19, please call the customer service line at (510) 238-3704 or email BTwebsupport@oaklandca.gov.BTwebsupport@oaklandca.gov(510) 238-3704
LocalCounty Treasurer-Tax Collectorhttps://www.cacttc.org/assets/documents/cacttc%20covid%2019%20statement.pdfProperty TaxesWaiver of late penaltiesThe property tax deadline has not been extended; however, County Treasurer-Tax Collectors may waive penalties, costs or other charges resulting from tax delinquency due to reasonable cause and circumstances related COVID-19. Homeowners should contact their county Treasurer-Tax Collector to inquire about requesting relief from penalty.
LocalKern County Treasurer-Tax Collectorhttps://www.kcttc.co.kern.ca.us/Property TaxesKern County property tax filing extensionThe Kern County property tax deadline is extended to May 4, 2020.
LocalSan Francisco Treasurerhttps://sftreasurer.org/covid19Gross Receipts Tax, Payroll Expense Tax, Commercial Rents Tax, and Homelessness Gross Receipts TaxDeferral of Business Taxes for Small BusinessesSan Francisco quarterly estimated tax payments of the Gross Receipts Tax, Payroll Expense Tax, Commercial Rents Tax, and Homelessness Gross Receipts Tax that would otherwise be due on April 30, 2020, are waived for taxpayers or combined groups that had combined San Francisco gross receipts in calendar year 2019 of $10,000,000 or less. These quarterly estimated tax liabilities must instead be paid along with annual tax payments for tax year 2020, which will generally be due by March 1, 2021. These bills are typically mailed in late March, but businesses with 2019 gross receipts of $10,000,000 or less will receive a letter instead of a bill.

Businesses are generally required to pre-pay their first quarter business taxes for current tax year by April 30th. This action will allow businesses to defer payment due to February 2021. No interest payments, fees, or fines will accrue as a result of the deferral. This benefit will be offered to businesses with up to $10 million in gross receipts
(415) 701-2311
LocalSan Francisco Treasurerhttps://sftreasurer.org/covid19Business Licensing FeesBusiness Licensing Fees extensionSan Francisco is delaying the collection of the unified license bill, which includes but is not limited to, charges to restaurants and food businesses, bars, convenience stores, many small retailers, hotels, and tour operators, from City departments that include: Department of Public Health, Entertainment Commission, Fire Department, and Police Department. The due date for license fees otherwise due on March 31, 2020, is extended to September 30, 2020.(415) 701-2311
LocalSan Francisco Treasurer
Business Registration FeeBusiness Registration Fee extentionSan Francisco extended the 2021 Business Registration Fee deadline by four months to September 30, 2020.
LocalSan Francisco Treasurer-Tax Collector
Property TaxesSan Francisco County property tax filing extensionThe San Francisco County property tax deadline is extended to May 15, 2020.
LocalSan Francisco County Assessorhttps://sfassessor.org/news/assessor-chu-extends-filing-deadline-sf-businesses-juneBusiness Personal PropertyBusiness Personal Property (BPP) statement extensionAll businesses in California are required to file their business personal property statements with their County Assessor by May 7 every year. However, due to physical office closure, the San Francisco Office of Assessor-Recorder has moved the filing deadline to June 1, 2020 this year.askbpp@sfgov.org(415) 554-5531
LocalSan Mateo County Treasurer-Tax Collectorhttps://tax.smcgov.org/sites/tax.smcgov.org/files/Prop%20Tax%20Extension%20Date%20%20Letter%204.6.2020.pdfProperty TaxesSan Mateo County property tax filing extensionThe San Mateo County property tax deadline is extended to May 4, 2020.(866) 220-0308
StateCalifornia Department of Tax and Fee Administrationhttps://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/industry/manufacturing-exemptions.htmSales and Use TaxManufacturing and Research & Development Equipment Partial Sales and Use Tax ExemptionBusinesses that are manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) may qualify for a partial sales and use tax exemption.1-800-400-7115
StateAmerican Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)https://www.aicpa.org/content/dam/aicpa/advocacy/tax/downloadabledocuments/coronavirus-state-filing-relief.pdfState Tax ExtensionsVarious state filing extensionsVarious states are providing tax filing relief for individuals and businesses. The AICPA created a document summarizing the lastest developments on state tax filings related to the coronavirus.
StateCalifornia Department of Tax and Fee Administrationhttps://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/services/covid19.htmSales and Use Tax, Special Taxes and Fees (including various fuel taxes, and cigarette and tobacco products taxes)90-day filing extensionEffective March 30, 2020 all taxpayers who file a return less than $1 Million dollars will have an additional 3 months to file their return, between now and July 31, 2020. The extension is automatic for those that qualify.

Individuals and businesses that have a tax liability of $1 million or more may still request an extension if they are unable to file and pay timely. These requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
StateCalifornia Department of Tax and Fee Administrationhttps://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/services/covid19.htmSales and Use Tax, Special Taxes and Fees (including various fuel taxes, and cigarette and tobacco products taxes)60 day extension to file a claim for refundThe time to file a claim for refund is extended by 60 days for individuals and businesses that are unable to file a timely claim for refund as a result of COVID-19.1-800-400-7115
StateCalifornia Department of Tax and Fee Administrationhttps://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/services/covid19.htmSales and Use Tax, Special Taxes and Fees (including various fuel taxes, and cigarette and tobacco products taxes)60 day extension to request a tax appealThrough July 31, 2020, the time to request a tax appeal is extended by 60 days for individuals and businesses that are unable to request an appeal as a result of COVID-19.1-800-400-7115
StateCalifornia Department of Tax and Fee Administration
Sales and Use Tax 12 month, interest free, payment plan for small businessesEffective April 2, 2020, small business taxpayers, those with less than $5 million in taxable annual sales, can take advantage of a 12-month, interest-free, payment plan for up to $50,000 of sales and use tax liability.1-800-400-7115
StateEmployment Development Departmenthttps://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htmPayroll Taxes60-day extensionEmployers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.888-745-3886
StateFranchise Tax Boardhttps://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/news-releases/2020-3-state-postpones-tax-deadlines-until-july-15-due-to-the-covid-19-pandemic.htmlState Income TaxDeadline extended to July 15, 2020.FTB is postponing until July 15 the filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and business entities for: 2019 tax returns, 2019 tax return payments, 2020 1st and 2nd quarter estimate payments, 2020 LLC taxes and fees, 2020 Non-wage withholding payments

Taxpayers who experience any difficulty in filing or paying, as a result of COVID-19, are included in this relief. Taxpayers do not need to claim any special treatment or call FTB to qualify for this relief.

Taxpayers claiming the special COVID-19 relief should write the name of the state of emergency (for example, COVID-19) in black ink at the top of the tax return to alert FTB of the special extension period. If taxpayers are e-filing, they should follow the software instructions to enter disaster information.

A chart outlining the new California filing and payment dates for individuals and business entities related to the COVID-19 extension is available at https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/covid-19/extensions-to-file-pay.html.
StateFranchise Tax Boardhttps://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/covid-19/help-with-covid-19.htmlState Income TaxPayment Plan ReliefThe FTB is allowing taxpayers to skip installment payments on existing payment plans. 800-852-5711
StateGovernor's Officehttps://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/5.6.20-EO-N-61-20-text.pdfProperty TaxesProperty tax penalty reliefThe Governor signed an executive order that waives penalties for property taxes paid after April 10 for taxpayers who demonstrate they have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic through May 6, 2021. This will apply to residential properties and small businesses.
StateGovernor's Officehttps://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/5.6.20-EO-N-61-20-text.pdfBusiness Personal PropertyBusiness Personal Property (BPP) statement extensionThe Governor signed an executive order that extends the deadline for certain businesses to file Business Personal Property Statements to May 31, 2020, to avoid penalties.
StateFranchise Tax Boardhttps://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Small-Business-Fact-Sheet-9.9.20.pdfState Income TaxAllowing Small Businesses to Exclude PPP Loans from State TaxesGovernor Newsom signed AB 1577, which conforms state law to federal law by excluding from gross income Paycheck Protection Program loans that were forgiven through the federal CARES Act and subsequent amendments in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act of 2020.800-852-5711
StateFranchise Tax Boardhttps://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Small-Business-Fact-Sheet-9.9.20.pdfState Income TaxMain Street Hiring Tax CreditGovernor Newsom signed SB 1447 authorizing a $100 million hiring tax credit program for qualified small businesses. The credit will be equal to $1,000 per qualified employee, up to $100,000 for each small business employer.800-852-5711