According to California revenue and tax code, you are considered doing business in California if you are actively engaged in transactions with a profit objective or financial gain.
While there are many conditions to qualify under this, I am highlighting few which may be more relevant to your business :
So, your situation may require some additional research.
Secondly, one important point. Most counties in CA have business personal property tax and you are required to file reports & pay tax if your assessed business personal property is in excess of $100,000. Usually, the tax is around 1–1.1% of assessed value. So, for $20,000 your tax may be in the range of $200-$220.
** Our response to a question we answered on quora.
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