Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses 

March 31, 2020

Order provides 90-day extension in state and local taxes, including sales tax

Order extends licensing deadlines and requirements for a number of industries

 

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that will provide tax, regulatory and licensing extensions for businesses.

 

The executive order allows the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) to offer a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. That means small businesses will have until the end of July to file their first-quarter returns.

 

Additionally, the order extends the statute of limitations to file a claim for refund by 60 days to accommodate tax and fee payers.

 

The executive order also includes extensions that impact state government workers, as well as consumers. For instance, the Department of Motor Vehicles will limit in-person transactions for the next 60 days, allowing instead for mail-in renewals. Additionally, the Department of Consumer Affairs will waive continuing education requirements for several professions, also for the next 60 days.

 

Further, the order will extend the Office of Administrative Law’s deadlines to review regular department proposed regulations. The order also extends by 60 days the time period to complete investigation of public safety officers based on allegations of misconduct. Finally, deadlines for trainings, investigations, and adverse actions for state workers will also be extended.

 

A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here, and the text of the order can be found here.

 

For the latest on the state’s COVID-19 response, visit covid19.ca.gov.

Last modified: March 31, 2020

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