1st Cannabis Advisory Committee meeting Nov 16, all day LIVE STREAM!

October 27, 2017 at 12:22 PM

The first Cannabis Advisory Committee meeting will commence on November 16! Check in at bcc.ca.gov for an agenda and other meeting materials  including an all-day livestream link for those who are unable to attend. As always, we’re looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Temecula Internet and Home-Based Business Workshop 10-17-2017

October 13, 2017 at 3:18 PM


In cooperation with:
The City of Temecula

Sales and Use Tax for Internet and Home-Based Businesses

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Temecula Valley Entrepreneur’s Exchange
43200 Business Park Drive
Temecula, CA 92590

Additional Information:
Do you need a seller’s permit or are you simply a qualified purchaser or 6015 retailer? Gain an understanding of sales and use tax as you run your business through Internet web and auction sites, drop-ship, or electronically transmit product. Learn when district tax is applicable to your sales. Discover how to use a resale certificate and how to back-out the tax when you sell items “tax included.” Consignment sales, shipping and handling, it’s all in this informative presentation.

To register for this event, visit:
or by calling 1-888-847-9652


Accessible to persons with disabilities logo This event is accessible to people with disabilities. If you require special assistance,
please call 1-888-847-9652.


This is a CDTFA-supported event.

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration’s (CDTFA’s) participation in this activity and the appearance of the CDTFA name, logo, or seal on event promotional materials is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products, or services of any program partner, participant, person, or entity.

Consumer Alert: IRS Warns Taxpayers, Tax Pros of New e-Services Sca

October 12, 2017 at 11:26 AM

WASHINGTON — The IRS today warned all e-Services users to beware of a new phishing scam that tries to trick tax professionals into “signing” a new e-Services user agreement. The phishing scam seeks to steal passwords and data.

The scam email claims to be from “e-Services Registration” and uses “Important Update about Your e-Services Account” in the subject line. It states, in part, “We are rolling out a new user agreement and all registered users must accept its revised terms to have access to e-Services and its products.” It asks the individual to review and accept the agreement but takes them to a fake site instead.

All tax professionals should be aware that as e-Services begins its move later this month to Secure Access authentication and its two-factor protections, cybercriminals likely will make last-ditch efforts to steal passwords and data prior to the transition. As the IRS has warned over the past few years, these sophisticated schemes are adaptive in nature and everyone should be cautious before clinking on a link or entering sensitive personal information.

For those who may have clicked onto this link, perform a deep scan with security software, contact IT/cybersecurity personnel and the IRS e-Help Desk.

To read more about what the IRS is doing to protect accounts with Secure Access authentication, go directly to the main e-Services landing page on IRS.gov.

Extension of Deadline: State Water Board Forms to Comply With CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

October 3, 2017 at 4:17 PM

This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed AB 133 on September 18, 2017, which, in part, extends the deadlines to submit forms to the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to comply with CalCannabis’ water source identification requirements for cannabis cultivation licensing. Cannabis cultivators must identify their water source as part of their CalCannabis application to the California Department of Food and Agriculture to obtain a license to commercially cultivate cannabis. You may need to submit documentation of your water source to the State Water Board as described in this announcement, although not all water sources require completing additional forms.

Note: This announcement is to provide updated deadlines and does not introduce new requirements. You do not need to re-file the forms listed below if you have already submitted documentation of your water source to the State Water Board.

Please review the following to determine if the new deadlines affect you. The deadlines are specific to cultivators who wish to submit their CalCannabis cultivation license application before January 1, 2019.

If you currently have a Small Irrigation Use Registration (SIUR), Permit, License, or plan on filing for an SIUR, the statutory deadlines below do not apply to you, but you will need to include appropriate documentation of your water right in your CalCannabis application.

If water is already being diverted under a riparian water right claim, an Initial Statement of Diversion and Use must be on file with the Division of Water Rights (Division) on or before October 31, 2017.Form is available athttp://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/diversion_use/docs/intl_stmnt_form.pdf

A pending application to appropriate water must be on file with the Division on or before October 31, 2017. Form is available at: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/publications_forms/forms/docs/app_form.pdf

If you plan to divert and use water under a riparian right and no diversion has occurred in any calendar year between January 1, 2010, and January 1, 2017, then Form 19332.2 (b)(5) must be on file with the Division on or before October 31, 2017. Form is available at:http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/registrations/docs/form_b5.pdf

If your water diversion is from a spring that does NOT flow off the property on which it is located, and the aggregate diversions do not exceed 25 acre-feet in any year, then Form 19332.2 (b)(4) must be on file with the Division on or before January 1, 2019. Form is available at:http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/registrations/docs/form_b4.pdf

If your source is a groundwater well in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, or Ventura counties that extracts more than 25 acre-feet in a year and a notice is on file with the State Water Board for the recordation of groundwater extractions and diversion, then Form 19332.2 (b)(4) must be on file with the Division on or before January 1, 2019. Form is available at:http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/registrations/docs/form_b4.pdf

If your diversion is regulated by a Watermaster appointed by the Department of Water Resources and included in annual reports filed with a court or the State Water Board by a Watermaster, then Form 19332.2 (b)(4) must be on file with the Division on or before January 1, 2019. The annual reports must identify the persons who divert water and describe the general purposes and the place, the use, and the quantity of water that has been diverted from each source. Form is available at:http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/registrations/docs/form_b4.pdf

If your diversion is included in annual reports filed with the court or State Water Board by a Watermaster appointed by a court or filed pursuant to statute to administer a final judgment determining rights to water, then Form 19332.2 (b)(4) must be on file with the Division on or beforeJanuary 1, 2019. The reports must identify the persons who have diverted water and give the general place of use and the quantity that has been diverted from each source. Form is available at:http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/registrations/docs/form_b4.pdf

The State Water Board is developing an online portal for cannabis cultivators to submit their Small Irrigation Use Registration (SIUR) filings, make payments, and obtain water right registration certificates. The online portal will be available in late 2017. SIURs are a faster alternative to applying for and obtaining a traditional water right permit. SIURs will allow cannabis cultivators to store water off-stream in tanks or ponds; water storage is not permissible under riparian water right claims.

If you are unsure of your water source category, or need further assistance, please visit ourCannabis Cultivation Water Rights webpage or contact the Cannabis Registration Unit at (916) 319-9427.



California Unveils Temporary Licenses to Allow Early 2018 Retail Sales

September 23, 2017 at 12:19 PM

With the launch of California’s adult-use cannabis market just 101 days away, regulators will introduce a temporary licensing program aimed at ensuring a smooth start to regulated sales.

With state-regulated sales set to begin on Jan. 1, there’s still considerable work to be done to implement new state laws around both medical and adult-use cannabis. The temporary licensing program is meant to bridge a gap until other rules and regulations are made final.

Read more

SB 1: Partial exemption from sales and use tax rate – diesel fuel sales

September 22, 2017 at 12:18 PM

There are two types of partial exemptions from the sales and use tax on diesel sales.
Below are the sales and use tax rates on diesel fuel sold under an exemption certificate for
qualified farming activities and food processing, and for other off-highway uses, including
exempt bus operations. These partially exempt rates are not impacted by the SB 1 rate increases


Gov Brown signs SB 65

September 16, 2017 at 5:13 PM

SB 65 aims at making sure drivers or passengers in vehicles do not smoke or consume marijuana in any form.

“This bill simply makes our laws on using marijuana while driving or riding in cars consistent with our laws on consuming alcohol while driving or riding in vehicles,” Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat representing San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, said of the bill he authored.

Hill said SB 65 “enhances” Prop. 64. That proposition, which was approved by California’s voters last November, stipulated that it’s illegal to have open pot containers in vehicles but doesn’t address the use of cannabis by other passengers or in other forms.

“The bill adds marijuana consumption to the law prohibiting alcohol consumption, which is an infraction currently punishable with a base fine of $70,” Hill’s office said.

“You should be holding the steering wheel — not a joint or an edible,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Rosen said of SB 65. “There is nothing recreational, medicinal or legal about hurting someone in a car accident when you’re high. Please don’t do it.”

One of the bills that Brown vetoed also had to do with marijuana. SB 663 was aimed at ensuring cannabis packages and labels are not attractive to children.

“Current law already prohibits cannabis and cannabis products from being designed to be attractive to children,” Brown said in his veto message, while adding that state licensing authorities are already working on labeling restrictions.

Healthy Soils Program Grant Applications Due September 19, 2017

September 5, 2017 at 11:17 AM

 Grant applications for the Healthy Soils Program – Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects are due by 5.00 p.m. on September 19, 2017. Applications and all supporting information must be submitted electronically using FAAST by September 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. PT. Technical assistance workshops to help potential applicants prepare and submit their Incentives Program applications are ongoing statewide and the schedule can be viewed at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/IncentivesProgram.html .

Riverside Supervisors Take Step In Permitting Process

August 29, 2017 at 5:17 PM

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday directed the Office of County Counsel and other agencies to draft an ordinance that will create a permitting process for the sale and commercial cultivation of marijuana in Riverside County’s unincorporated communities. read more

Tackle Nitrate Pollution With Local Solutions

August 25, 2017 at 12:43 PM

It will take decades to slow nitrate contamination in groundwater from industrial agriculture in parts of the state of California, so communities are taking matters into their own hands to get clean drinking water.

A by-product of the nitrogen fertilizer that farmers put on crops, nitrates in groundwater have increased since the rise of industrial agriculture in the 1950’s. Growers apply more fertilizer than the crops can absorb, and the excess nitrates are then washed into surface or groundwater when the crops are irrigated. Read more