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March 1 Tax Deadline Nears for Many Farmers, Fishers; IRS Direct Pay Offers Easy Way to Pay

February 24, 2018 at 10:22 AM

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service is reminding farmers and fishers about the March 1 deadline to take advantage of special rules that can allow them to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments.

Anyone with income from a farming or fishing business may be able to avoid making any estimated tax payments by filing their 2017 return and paying the entire tax due on or before March 1, 2018. This rule generally applies if farming or fishing income was at least two-thirds of the total gross income in either 2017 or the preceding tax year.

Taxpayers can use IRS Direct Pay to quickly pay an individual tax bill or make an estimated tax payment directly from a checking or savings account at no cost. Payments can be scheduled 24 hours a day, seven days a week, up to 30 days in advance without any fees or pre-registration.

When a taxpayer uses IRS Direct Pay, they receive instant confirmation after they submit their payment. Direct Pay cannot be used to pay the federal highway use tax, payroll taxes or other business taxes.

Taxpayers who wish to pay their federal business taxes electronically should enroll in the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), or visit IRS.gov/payments to check out other payment options.

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Track and Trace Workshops in January and February

January 7, 2018 at 4:11 PM

Join us for an overview of the CCTT system that will be used statewide to record the inventory and movement of cannabis and cannabis products through the commercial cannabis supply chain—from cultivation to sale. The CCTT-Metrc system integrator, Franwell, Inc., will explain how the system works and how it will be used by all state cannabis licensees, including those with licenses for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, retail, distribution, testing labs, and microbusinesses. Click the link below for dates and locations.

 

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AVMAC Mtg Jan 10 7 pm TOPIC: Cannabis Regulation in the Anza/Aguanga Community

January 7, 2018 at 12:31 PM

Cannabis Regulation in the Anza/Aguanga Community Will Be the Topic For the January 10 Anza Valley Municipal Advisory Meeting

 

Members of the Anza Valley Municipal Advisory Council  and staff from Riverside County Supervisors Chuck Washington’s Office will present a forum on the regulation of Cannabis/Marijuana in the unincorportated areas of Anza/Aguanga.

The Agenda will be as follows:

Anza Valley Municipal Advisory Council Agenda

January 10, 2018

Location Anza Community Hall, Anza California 

7:00PM

I. Call to Order- Robert Giffin, President

II. Flag Salute

III. Approval of Minutes November 8, 2017 AVMAC Minutes- Allison Renck, Secretary

IV. Reports- Update on Anza Sign- Gordon Lanik

V. Update- Website/Social Media- Edison Gomez Krauss

VI. Reports- Riverside County Updates-Opal Hellweg

VII. Old Business

VIII. New Business

1.      Forum on the regulation of Cannabis/Marijuana in the Anza/Aguanga Community

a.       “Between the State and the County: Anza in Cannabis Limbo”- Edison Gomez- Krauss

b.        “ Impacts that Effect the Anza/Aguanga Community”-Robert Giffin

c.       Report from Riverside County on current Cannabis/Marijuana Regulation

2.      Other New Business

IX. Public Comments (Please keep comments to 3 minutes, so all that wish to speak are allowed time

X. Request of future topics for discussion from community members

XI. 2018 AVMAC Calendar/Dates of Meetings

XII. Announcements of community events

XIII. Adjournment – Robert Giffin

If you are unable to attend the AVMAC Meeting and want information on Cannabis in Riverside County please go to this link: http://planning.rctlma.org/Home/Cannabis.aspx

This link gives you current information on what is currently allowed in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County.  There is also a public input page where you can leave your views on Cannabis. The link is: http://planning.rctlma.org/Home/Cannabis/PublicInput.aspx

For information on state cultivation regulations and fees the public can go to this link: http://calcannabis.cdfa.ca.gov/

For information on all areas of cannabis regulation and tax structure in the State of California go to this link: https://cannabis.ca.gov/

 

The AVMAC Meeting is held every other month and the council seeks input from the community on subjects that they believe need to be addressed by local government officials. If you have a subject you would like addressed please contact us by going to our website at avmac.000webhostapp.com

IRS announces new mileage rates for 2018

December 14, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Standard Mileage Rates for 2018 Up from Rates for 2017 

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017.
  • 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017.
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

The business mileage rate and the medical and moving expense rates each increased 1 cent per mile from the rates for 2017. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.  These and other requirements are described in Rev. Proc. 2010-51.

Notice 2018-03, posted today on IRS.gov, contains the standard mileage rates, the amount a taxpayer must use in calculating reductions to basis for depreciation taken under the business standard mileage rate, and the maximum standard automobile cost that a taxpayer may use in computing the allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan.

California Minimum Wage To Rise January 1st, 2018

December 11, 2017 at 11:45 AM

The minimum wage for workers in California is going up on New Year’s Day, though wages in at least some cities in the San Francisco Bay Area are already above the new mandate, state officials said. The minimum wage statewide will rise Jan. 1 to $11 per hour for businesses with 26 employees or more and $10.50 for businesses with 25 employees or less.

Workers that are not paid the minimum wage are urged to get in touch with the Labor Commissioner’s Office in their area to file a claim. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in 2016 making California the first state in the country to commit to a $15 per hour minimum wage.

As long as the economy is good and the budget allows, the minimum wage will be $15 an hour in 2022 at large businesses and in 2023 at small businesses.

Deadline Jan 7, 2018 to offer input on Riverside County marijuana regulations

December 10, 2017 at 2:24 PM

Riverside County has set up a website to answer questions and seek public input on marijuana regulations for the county’s unincorporated areas.

County officials are currently working on a regulatory framework that would allow marijuana commerce in areas of the county that aren’t part of any city. The plan is to put a measure on the November 2018 ballot that would impose a local tax on marijuana.

If the tax fails, the county would not move forward with pot regulations.

Current county law forbids marijuana cultivation in unincorporated communities, although the passage of Proposition 64 last year allows recreational use by those 21 and older in their homes. Up to six pot plants can be kept at a residence under Prop. 64.

The county website on marijuana rules is planning.rctlma.org/Home/Cannabis.aspx. To offer your opinion, click on “Public Input.”

FREE License training workshops

November 22, 2017 at 10:36 AM

Our good friends over at CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing are offering a series of FREE training workshops on its application process from November 28 to December 14. Cannabis cultivators seeking information on licensing applications are encouraged to attend!

Reference the press release  for a list of locations and instructions on registration.

 

New Rules To Follow If You Want To Smoke Pot In California

November 19, 2017 at 12:33 PM

SACRAMENTO – California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities announced today that
proposed emergency licensing regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis
have been posted online and are available to the public for review.

http://bcc.ca.gov/about_us/documents/media_20171116.pdf

Do you fancy a career in California’s cannabis industry?

November 13, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Do you or anyone you know fancy a career in California’s newly-regulated cannabis industry? Look no further! The Bureau of Cannabis Control  is currently accepting applications for SEVEN Associate Governmental Program Analyst positions in our Licensing Unit! As always, help us spread the word by telling your family and friends!

-See below for job postings and instructions on how to apply-

1. Six Associate Governmental Program Analyst Positions – Licensing Unit; job control open until 11/28/17. https://jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx…

2. One Associate Governmental Program Analyst Position – Local Liaison, Licensing Unit; job control open until 11/28/17. https://jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx…

YouTube tutorials explaining how to apply for a state job:
1. Applying for a State Job:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h98MUb0NkHk
2. Taking an Exam:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9STRabaDV8

The Bureau of Cannabis Control has been designated as the lead agency in regulating the cannabis industry in California. Their responsibility is to establish statewide standards that protect consumers, the environment and public safety.

Weights and Measures

November 10, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Before you purchase a scale to weigh your cannabis, please read this important notice.

Did you know that all scales used for commercial cannabis measurement must meet strict standards for accuracy? Scales must be approved by the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Measurement Standards (DMS), and be issued either an Evaluation Program Certificate of Approval or an Evaluation Program Certificate of Conformance before you can use the scale for commercial measurement. Read more