Income Tax Lawyers in Berkeley, California

Income Tax Attorneys in Berkeley, CA

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In Berkeley, California, an income tax is imposed on a certain percentage of the income of all individuals and businesses. Usually, income from all sources may be taxed. The federal government has the authority to impose an income tax thanks to the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, enacted in 1916 after the Supreme Court had, on more than one occasion, found a federal income tax to be unconstitutional. Of course, before and after the creation of the federal income tax, states, including California were allowed to impose income taxes of their own.

The federal income tax must be paid by everyone in the U.S. However, you must only pay the state income tax of the state you live in. You should talk with a financial adviser or tax lawyer in Berkeley, California if you are not clear about what your state and federal tax liability.

You might have heard rumors claiming that you don't really have to pay your federal income tax. These rumors are false. "Tax protesters" rely on bizarre and discredited legal arguments in their claims that the federal income tax is somehow illegal. None of these arguments have ever been successful in U.S. Courts, and deliberately refusing to pay your income tax in Berkeley, California is a good way to end up in federal prison.

Income Tax Deductions in Berkeley, California

A tax deduction is a reduction in your taxable income. It results in less of one's income being taxable, which causes a reduced tax liability.

Don't confuse a tax deduction with a tax credit. A tax credit simply lowers your tax bill by the amount of the credit. A tax credit typically reduces your tax bill more than a reduction of the same amount.

Many common expenses in Berkeley can be deducted, in whole or in part, from your taxable income. Federal tax deductions include charitable contributions, union dues, interest paid on a mortgage, and state and local taxes.

If one's state has an income tax, some of these expenses may be deductible from your state taxes, as well, but that depends on the law of California.

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How Can A Berkeley, California Tax Attorney Help?

Income tax laws in Berkeley, California can get very complex. You should speak with an accountant or tax attorney if you have any questions about your income tax liability.

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Life in Berkeley

Berkeley, California is a city in Alameda County, California. Its population is currently about 113,000 people. Berkeley, California is located on the Eastern shores of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Berkeley, California is known for being home to the University of California, Berkeley, which is considered one of the top public universities in the United States.

Berkeley is also known as being a major center of mostly-liberal social activism. 

The economy of Berkeley, California is based almost entirely around the university. However, because UC Berkeley is a major center of scientific research, as well as the liberal arts, it employs a very large number of scientists and engineers, as well as noted luminaries in the liberal arts, such as lawyers and law professors.

The University of California, Berkeley School of Law is ranked as one of the top 5 law schools in the United States, and has produced some incredibly successful lawyers.

If you live in or near Berkeley, California and need legal advice, chances are good that a Berkeley, California attorney can help.

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