The Franchise Tax Board has released preliminary guidance about how to make a small business accounting election on a 2018 income tax return. California recently passed legislation, the “Loophole Closure and Small Business and Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2019”, adopting some of the provisions of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, including elections for certain small businesses that were previously required to use the accrual method of accounting to use the cash method and other accounting simplification measures. The effective date for these accounting changes is for years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, but taxpayers may elect to apply the changes for years beginning on or after January 1, 2018.
Until formal procedures are issued, taxpayers may make the election by providing the following information to the Franchise Tax Board:
- A statement with the original or amended California income tax return stating the taxpayer’s intent to make a small business accounting election and which election(s) the taxpayer is making;
- On the top of the first page of the original or amended tax return, write “AB 91 – Small Business Accounting Election” in BLUE INK; and
- Mail the return to:
Franchise Tax Board
PO Box 942857
Sacramento, CA 94257-0500
Note: These returns must be PAPER-FILED.
(Spidell’s Flash E-mail: How to make a retroactive small business accounting election, July 31, 2019.)