Income Tax Lawyers in Lafayette, California

Income Tax Attorneys in Lafayette, CA

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In Lafayette, California, an income tax is imposed on a certain percentage of the income of all individuals and businesses. Generally, income from all sources may be taxed. The federal government has had explicit constitutional authority to impose an income tax since 1916, with the passage of the 16th Amendment. This came after the Supreme Court had consistently found a federal income tax to be unconstitutional. States, including California, have always been allowed to impose whatever type of income tax they liked.

While the federal government levies an income tax against every person and corporation in the U.S., the income taxes imposed by the states vary widely. Some states have fairly high income taxes, and a few have none at all. You should consult with a Lafayette, California tax lawyer if you don't know what type of tax system your state has.

For years, rumors have circulated that the federal income tax is illegal or unconstitutional. These rumors are false: the federal government has explicit constitutional power to tax income under the 16th Amendment. Still, "tax protesters" employ some fringe constitutional arguments, none of which have been successful. In Lafayette, California, refusing to pay your income tax can, and likely will, result in criminal prosecution.

Income Tax Deductions in Lafayette, 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.

This should not be confused with a tax credit, which is simply a reduction in somebody's tax bill. A tax credit will usually reduce your tax liability far more than a tax reduction of the same amount.

Under federal law, numerous expenses in Lafayette are tax-deductible, including interest paid on a mortgage, charitable donations, the price of tax advice, and union or professional dues, among many others.

If one's state has an income tax, it likely has many of the same deductions, though they could vary widely. This will depend on the particular laws of California.

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How Can A Lafayette, California Tax Attorney Help?

Income tax laws in Lafayette, 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 Lafayette

Lafayette, California is a city in Contra Costa County, and is part of the San Francisco Bay Area. It currently has a population of about 25,000 people.

Lafayette, California is known for its pastoral hills, and upscale lifestyle. It is also known for a controversial long-term protest. In 2006, residents began placing thousands of crosses on the side of a hill, to memorialize the U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, and to voice opposition to the war there.

Many successful upper-middle class professionals live in Lafayette, California. These include many accomplished attorneys. A large portion of these attorneys work in San Francisco and other larger cities. The presence of a commuter rail station makes this a very convenient arrangement, attracting attorneys who want the best of both worlds (the excitement and opportunity of a big city, and the quiet solitude of a small town) to Lafayette, California.

If you live in Lafayette, and need an attorney, you're in luck. There are many accomplished and competent attorneys in Lafayette, California who can help you with whatever legal problem you may be facing.

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