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New Law for Independent Contracors

Did you know that on April 30, 2018 the CA Supreme Court made a landmark ruling regarding the characterization of independent contractors?  If you hire independent contractors, you may now be violating state employment laws.  However, even with the new court decision, with some simple planning you can avoid violation.  Read the text of the decision here.

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New Tax Laws For 2018

The new tax bill has many changes that will help save on taxes, especially if you own a business, or work as an independent contractor.  

Did you know you still may be able to deduct your state and local taxes, even under the new bill?  Did you know that there are ways to reduce, postpone, or even eliminate capital gains taxes?  

To enjoy these tax breaks you must have proper planning in advance.  Call us immediately to set up a consultation to avoid missing out.

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Vacation Estate Planning

Going on a vacation this summer?  Did you make sure all of your affairs are in order if something tragic were to happen?  Did  you know that in California having a will alone is not enough; you also need to have a trust?  If you don't have these, click below to set up a get started immediately.

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Did you have a loved one that recently passed away with or without wills? Are you having trouble accessing some of their assets?  Did you know that there are ways to get access without having to go through probate?  Don't go out and hire another costly probate lawyer who will open a full probate, Contact us first to see if we can save you time and money.

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Get Your Taxes Done for Free


Did you know that there is a tax program that will assist with filing your taxes for free?  It is true.  The Orange County United Way has teamed up with the IRS' VITA program to make it possible. There are locations all throughout Orange County including in Irvine, Santa Ana, and Newport Beach.


For United Way’s free tax filing services, please keep these points in mind:

  • You must have earned less than $60,000
  • If earning less than $54,000 you may also be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and could receive over $6,000 cash back


Simply schedule an appointment with an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer at your local VITA site who can work directly with you to file your Federal and California state income tax returns. Services are available in multiple languages, including but not limited to English, Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese.

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