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Frequently Asked Questions

In this section we present you with frequently asked questions. Click on the title to display the FAQ:

How long should I retain my financial records?
Debi Rhinehart, May 26, 2004
This provides the general guidelines for the length of time that various records should be kept.

How do I determine the difference between an employee and an independent contractor?
Richard Scrivanich, February, 2005
This provides general guidelines for resolving the difference between an employee and an independent contractor.

I haven’t yet received my tax refund, how do I check the status?
Harvey & Parmelee LLP, August 1, 2005
This provides links to the IRS and State of California to assist in checking the status of income tax refunds.

What is the California Use Tax?
Harvey & Parmelee LLP, December 1, 2008
This provides a brief introduction to the California Use Tax.

As a cash basis entity, what expenses can I prepay and deduct in the current year?
Harvey & Parmelee LLP, December 1, 2010
This provides a brief discussion of deductible prepaid expenses for a cash basis entity.

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