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by Joyia Emard

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Automotive Repair has revoked the license of a Stockton automotive repair dealer, effective April 7, 2014, for fraud.

Following complaints filed by two consumers, Bureau investigators found that Lalo’s Collision Repair (2246 East Weber Avenue, Unit 23, Stockton, CA 95205) charged them more than $5,500 for repairs that were never completed and for other repairs that were not done to industry standards.

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Se acerca el 15 de abril y si todavía no ha seleccionado un preparador de impuestos, aquí hay algunos consejos:

1. Obtenga recomendaciones de familiares y amigos

2. Revise la historia del preparador de impuestos con la autoridad apropiada:
La Junta California de Contabilidad para contadores públicos certificados y contadores públicos. http://www.cba.ca.gov

3. Es buena idea conocer en persona o por el teléfono al profesional de impuestos antes de preparar tus impuestos.

4. Otros Servicios
Muchas veces la primera relación del contribuyente con los contadores públicos certificados es a través del trabajo de preparar impuestos. Servicios adicionales pueden tener requisitos adicionales, tales como: revisión por pares y autoridad para firmar.

Consejos Finales:

  • Nunca firme una declaración en blanco.
  • No use un preparador de impuestos que se niega a firmar su declaración de impuestos o completar la información de preparador de impuestos requeridos.
  • Asegúrese de obtener una copia de su declaración de impuestos completa.
  • E-file (presentar su declaración de impuestos electrónicamente) y solicite un reembolso de depósito directo. Generalmente recibirá su reembolso más rápido y reduce la posibilidad de robo de identidad.
  • Su declaración federal de impuestos debe ser presentada antes de la medianoche el 15 de abril. Sin embargo, si necesita tiempo extra puede presentar IRS formulario 4868 antes del 15 de abril y retrasar la presentación de su declaración federal hasta el 15 de octubre. La extensión automática no demora el requisito que paga sus impuestos antes del 15 de abril y las sanciones podrían imponerse y pueden cobrar interés.

 

 

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VMBSACRAMENTO – A Riverside County man has been convicted of one misdemeanor count of unlicensed practice of Veterinary Medicine as the result of an investigation by the Veterinary Medical Board.

Linden Richard Clark was prosecuted by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office after the investigation determined he was offering and performing anesthesia-free dental cleanings on animals without a license – which is illegal.

“Practicing veterinary medicine without a license is a serious violation and exposes the public to incompetent and potentially harmful services,” said Veterinary Medical Board Executive Officer Annemarie DelMugnaio. “It is important for consumers to verify a license to make sure they are dealing with licensed veterinary professionals. Consumers should also consult with licensed veterinarians regarding acceptable animal dental cleaning methods before they take their pet in.”

Clark violated Business and Professions Code Section 4825 and was placed on Summary Probation for 36 months, ordered to pay a $140 restitution fee and serve 150 days of work release. He was also ordered to personally inform all customers that he is not licensed or hold a registration, and have no professional contact with any animals unless under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian and must have a supervising veterinarian review his work for the first 60 days.

For more information about the Veterinary Medical Board, visit www.vmb.ca.gov.

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The mission of the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) is to protect consumers and animals through development and maintenance of professional standards, licensing of veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and premises, and diligent enforcement of the California Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.

 The Department of Consumer Affairs promotes and protects the interests of California Consumers. Consumers can file complaints against licensees by contacting the Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 952-5210. Consumers can also file a complaint online at www.dca.ca.gov.

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Since 2001, April has been designated as California Financial Literacy Month (CAFLM). As part of  California Financial Literacy Month, this year’s Resource Fair is taking place on Wednesday, April 2nd from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the North Steps of the State Capitol.

This effort is designed to educate and encourage consumers to improve their financial literacy and decision making power. Stop by for resources and materials to better manage money, credit, investments, debt, and learn to avoid identity theft, protect privacy and avoid scams and fraud. Among the government agencies, financial institutions and non-profit community organizations participating are:

  • California Department of Business Oversight
  • Bank On California
  • Bank On Sacramento
  • Assemblyman Roger Dickinson’s Office
  • California Contractors Licensing Board
  • California Board of Equalization
  • State Controller’s Office
  • Schools Financial Credit Union
  • Keep Your Home California
  • Scholarshare
  • Bank of the West
  • EverFi
  • SAFE Credit Union
  • Golden 1 Credit Union

For more information, visit the CAFLM Blog.

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Tax Time Tips

by Amy Dhillon

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Tax Time Tips

April 15 is approaching and if you haven’t yet selected a tax preparer, here are some helpful tips to assist in making this very important hire.

1. Get recommendations from family and friends
Ask for recommendations from those who you trust and may have had similar tax preparation needs. Here are some considerations:

• In California, the only individuals allowed to charge a fee for preparing taxes are
Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), Public Accountants (PAs), Enrolled Agents (EAs), attorneys, and California Registered Tax Preparers (CRTPs).

• Only CPAs, EAs and attorneys have unlimited representation rights before the IRS and may represent their clients on any matters including audits, payment/collection issues, and appeals.

• In addition to tax preparation, are you looking for an accountant to assist with financial planning, estate issues, IRS issues or business planning?

2. Review the tax preparer’s history with the appropriate licensing authority:

• The California Board of Accountancy for CPAs and PAs, which provides the public the ability to check the status of a CPA license with License Lookup on its website, www.cba.ca.gov

• The California Tax Education Council (CTEC) for California Registered Tax Preparers

• The U.S. Department of the Treasury for Enrolled Agents

• The California Bar Association for attorneys

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If you’ve ever driven by what appears to be a daytime DUI checkpoint but isn’t, you may have asked yourself, “What is going on here?” Orange cones line the street, you see a California Highway Patrol officer flagging drivers to stop and pull over to the side of the road. Then you see a few people in orange vests standing next to computers on roll-away carts and a mobile metal contraption that seems to belong at smog check station.

Wonder no more. These are Roadside Emission Surveys conducted by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). BAR staff, the folks in the orange vests, are inspecting vehicles to gather vehicle emission data for California. The survey is completely voluntary and is really quick. The data collected is used to help improve the state’s Smog Check program.

Click on the video link above to watch a roadside survey in action. For more information, visit BAR’s website.

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Check out these three newly released newsletters from the California Department of Consumer Affairs! Learn how to:

  • Access “Consumer Alerts” about industry scam warnings in this issue of the Real Estate Bulletin from the Bureau of Real Estate.

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  • Avoid and recognize financial abuse of the elderly in UPDATE, the newsletter from the Board of Accountancy.

    UPDATE 74 Winter 2014 - California Board of Accountancy

  • Order the new pet lover’s license plate in News & Views from the Veterinary Medical Board.

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SACRAMENTO – California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Andy Foster today released the following statement regarding Nevada’s elimination of Testosterone Replacement Therapy:  

“The California State Athletic Commission fully supports the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to eliminate Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in boxing and mixed martial arts. California is a strong supporter of anti-doping efforts. As part of California’s anti-doping efforts, the Commission recently began the rulemaking process to require meeting World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards as the only way to obtain a TUE for TRT. This standard is so high that it is an effective ban except under the most extreme circumstances. Until the rulemaking process is complete and the regulations are fully adopted, the Commission has a total ban on TRT. California remains committed to protecting the health and safety of athletes and having strict anti-doping standards is one of the ways this is accomplished.”

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The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) regulates professional and amateur boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts throughout the State by licensing all participants and supervising the events. The Commission is dedicated to the health, safety and welfare of participants in regulated competitive sporting events, through ethical and professional service. For more information about CSAC, visit www.dca.ca.gov/csac.

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SACRAMENTO – Two people have been arrested on felony charges of helping people cheat on state licensing exams following an investigation by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation.

Larry Charles Holmes, Jr. and Persilla Marie Ulloa were arrested in January in southern California following an investigation into their business, ACEAPP Training. Investigators determined the two illegally obtained exam material for 12 different state-administered exams.

The investigation began at the request of the Structural Pest Control Board, whose staff noticed certain irregularities. It quickly expanded to other state licensing entities, including the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Industrial Relations, the California Secretary of State and other departments.

“Exam subversion is a serious matter,” said Susan Saylor, the Executive Officer of the Structural Pest Control Board, who originally requested the investigation. “Licensure examinations are developed to protect consumers by ensuring applicants meet an acceptable level of competency.”

Both Holmes and Ulloa face 24 felony charges in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Both are free on $240,000 bail. Holmes was arraigned on February 11th and Ulloa on February 14th.

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The Department of Consumer Affairs promotes and protects the interests of California Consumers. Consumers can file complaints against licensees by contacting the Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 952-5210. Consumers can also file a complaint online at www.dca.ca.gov.

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