GGSEA is a professional organization of Enrolled Agents in California, affiliated with the California Society of Enrolled Agents (CSEA) & the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA).

Simply JOIN CSEA and your membership to GGSEA will be included! It is like having two organizations for the price of one!

Start CONNECTING with Tax Experts not just here in the Bay Area but throughout California! It is handy to know an expert in a specific field of taxation. No two tax situations are the same; being connected to a network of Enrolled Agents is a great way of getting specific questions answered quickly and reliably. You can even attend GGSEA tEAm Meetings or GGSEA Monthly Society meetings (which includes an education CPE).

BE THE EXPERT you’re meant to be! Nothing beats the feeling of having the Tax knowledge to show your Tax Client that you’re the right person for the job. As Tax Experts of the United State, we need to be armed with up to date information in the field of taxation and best way to get all the information is by taking Continuing Education courses, representation workshops, Monthly CPE and Annual Super Seminars with GGSEA and CSEA.


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Per Diem Rates and the Meal Deduction

Notice 2021-63 clarifies how taxpayers can take advantage of the temporary 100 percent business deduction for food or beverages from restaurants using per diem rates.

Tax Professionals Can Order More Transcripts

Tax pros can now order up to 30 Transcript Delivery System transcripts per client through the Practitioner Priority Service (PPS) line.

Filing Deadlines Extended for Some California Wildfire Victims

Wildfire victims in parts of California now have until January 3, 2022 to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments.

FTB's Top 500 Past Due Balances

FTB recently published a list of the 500 largest tax delinquencies in excess of $100,000, including individuals and businesses.

New Online Identity Verification Process for IRS Self-Help Tools

IRS has launched an improved identity verification and sign-in process utilizing, for securely accessing and using its online tools and applications.

Help Wanted - Experienced Tax Preparer - Laguna Hills

Experienced tax preparer wanted. Self-starter. Able to work without minute-by-minute supervision. Lacerte software. Seasonal, February through April 15 full-time, with part-time after April 15 a possibility. Excellent work environment.

Position Wanted - Tax Preparer or Reviewer - Remote

Experienced tax professional CPA with more than 20 years of experience is seeking a tax preparer or reviewer position this season. Remote work wanted.

Professional Office Space Available - The Alameda, San Jose

Furnished individual offices available in prime location in the Alameda, San Jose, just off the 880 exit. Large parking lot and elevator. You and your clients will enter the building through a peaceful park-like atrium. Private bath and kitchenette.

Help Wanted - Experienced Tax Professional - San Mateo

We are seeking a tax professional experienced in individual returns, pass-through entities and S corps/partnerships. Knowledge of ATX software. Person-to-person interview skills preferred. The position is seasonal at first.

Help Wanted - Experienced Tax Preparer - Aptos

Small tax preparation and accounting office is looking for an experienced individual tax return preparer for in-office seasonal work. Part-time hours available. Possibility to extend to year-round work exists.

Help Wanted - Experienced Tax Professional - Novato

Seeking a tax professional with a minimum of 5 years of recent tax preparation experience. Competent in Lacerte a plus. Strong technical knowledge in individual and business tax preparation. Excellent written and oral communication.

Help Wanted - Experienced Tax Professional - Carson, CA

Seeking a tax professional with 10+ years of experience, skilled in using Lacerte software, with excellent communication skill for client interviews. No selling required. Private firm with 60 years of successful history. Over 2,500 clients annually.

Help Wanted - Experienced Tax Preparer/Accountant - Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa CPA firm is looking for an experienced CPA or EA to join our team either seasonally or preferably full-time. Position for tax preparer with Lacerte and QuickBooks experience.

Renew Your PTIN Now for 2022

IRS is now processing PTIN applications and renewals for 2022. Preparers must renew or register for their PTIN by December 31. The fee for applying or renewing 2022 PTINs is $35.95.

Help Wanted - Tax Advisor/Preparer - Burlingame

We have immediate openings and urgent need for Tax Professionals with 10+ years of experience! Job openings are contract positions with potential for permanent, long-term employment.

Navigating the California Employee vs. Independent Contractor Maze

Since the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) in September 2019, the rules regarding who is and who is not an employee in this state have gotten ever more stringent – and confusing.

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments FAQ Update - Topic O

IRS recently added new content to its Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments FAQs: Topic O, Returning a Payment.

Relief for FBAR Filers Affected by Natural Disasters

FinCEN announced this week that victims of natural disasters, including the recent California wildfires, have until December 31 to file FBARs for the 2020 calendar year.

Estate Tax Closing Letters New User Fee

Starting October 28, a new $67 user fee will apply to any estate that requests a closing letter for its federal estate tax return.

FTB Adds Pass-Through Entity Elective Tax FAQs

This week FTB added a new web page, Help with Pass-Through Entity Elective Tax, with FAQs in several topic areas.

Special Enrollment Examination Proposed User Fee Increase

IRS conducted a biennial review of the SEE user fee in 2021, and calculated its costs for overseeing the SEE at $99 per part. The current user fee for each part of the SEE is $81.

Resources for Cannabis Business Owners

The latest issue of “A Closer Look” explains how IRS’s new Cannabis/Marijuana Initiative is helping business owners navigate complex issues surrounding this unique industry.

Want to Buy Practice - Santa Clarita/SFV/Simi

Seeking a small EA practice to buy in Santa Clarita / SFV / Simi for next tax season.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - Murrieta

EA needed for growing accounting business. Can work fully remote if desired. Duties include individual and small business tax prep, IRS correspondence and representation. Strong understanding of S corporations is a must.

IRS Awards New Private Collection Contracts

IRS has awarded new contracts to three private-sector collection agencies for collection of overdue tax debts. Taxpayers with unpaid tax bills may be contacted by one of the new agencies as of September 23, 2021.

IRS Tax Deadlines Extended for Wildfire Victims in Tehama and Trinity Counties

Individuals and households affected by the Dixie and River wildfires, who reside or have a business in Tehama and Trinity Counties, qualify for tax relief.

Delayed Processing for Forms 1139 and 1045

Due to COVID-19, IRS is continuing to experience inventory backlogs and long processing times for Form 1139, Corporation Application for Tentative Refund, and Form 1045, Application for Tentative Refund.

Fresno Paper Tax Return Processing Center Closing Soon

IRS will permanently close its paper return processing center in Fresno, California at the end of September. The closure was originally announced in 2016 as part of a larger efficiency strategy, since most taxpayers now file electronically.

Main Street Small Business Tax Credit II Provides COVID Financial Relief

On November 1, CDTFA will begin accepting applications for the Main Street Small Business Tax Credit II through its online reservation system. Credit reservations will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Expanded Tax Benefits for 2021 Charitable Contributions

The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 generally extends the temporary tax changes enacted by the CARES Act through the end of 2021, helping individuals and businesses give to charity in 2021.

EDD Unemployment Benefit Update

EDD automatically transferred approximately 340,000 claimants on Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which expired on September 4, to the Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) extension that remained in effect until September 11.

Help Wanted - EA or CPA - Long Beach

Small close-knit group is seeking a full-time seasonal EA or CPA with 5 years' experience, for in-office/remote work.

Help Wanted - Experienced EA or CPA for Bookkeeping and Tax - Roseville

Placer County tax office is looking for an experienced CPA or EA to join our team either seasonally or preferably full-time. Our office offers income tax preparation, financial planning, bookkeeping and payroll processing.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Approved for Dixie and River Wildfire Victims

Individuals who lost work or self-employment as a direct result of the Dixie Fire in Plumas and Lassen Counties, and the River Fire in Placer and Nevada counties, are now eligible to apply for federal DUA benefits.

Recovery Rebate Credit FAQ Update

IRS has added Topic G, Correcting issues after the 2020 tax return is filed, to its Recovery Rebate Credit Q&A page.

Special Per Diem Rates

Notice 2021-52 announces the special per diem rates effective October 1, which taxpayers may use to substantiate the amount of expenses for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses when traveling away from home.

September is National Preparedness Month

During National Preparedness Month, IRS is reminding taxpayers to create or update their emergency preparedness plans, make sure financial documents are secure, and create lists of property.

Help Wanted - Experienced EA or CPA - San Jose

Established tax and financial firm is seeking an experienced EA or CPA to join our team. Must have at least 5 years' experience with both individual and corporate tax returns.

EDD Waiting Week for Unemployment Benefits Waived in Case of Disaster

Generally, there is a non-payable one-week waiting period for individuals obtaining UI. However, Governor-declared emergencies waive the waiting period for regular UI benefit payments to eligible individuals affected by current disasters.

Income Verification Express Service Automation Clarification

IVES is modernizing its processing to implement Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software for reading Form 4506-C. The OCR software is expected to go live in October.

New Filing Information Returns Electronically Online Application

A new online application for the FIRE system, Information Returns (IR) Application for Transmitter Control Code (TCC), is scheduled to launch on September 26.

SBA Supplemental Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Update

SBA will begin sending invitations for supplemental awards for the SVOG program within the next two weeks.

IRS Tax Deadlines Extended for California Wildfire Victims

The White House has approved a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the Dixie and River wildfires, making federal funding available to individuals in Lassen, Nevada, Placer and Plumas counties.

Office Space Available - Seal Beach

Are you looking for a tax office to share? I have a custom designed professional tax office available, in a suite in The Shops at Rossmoor Shopping Center in Seal Beach, CA.

Paycheck Protection Program Direct Borrower Forgiveness Portal Exceeds Expectations

Since the PPP Direct Borrower Forgiveness Portal opened on August 4, the SBA has received more than 340,000 submissions from borrowers with PPP loans of $150,000 or less.

Update Address Feature Now Available on Child Tax Credit Portal

IRS has launched a new feature allowing families receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments to update their mailing address via the Child Tax Credit Update Portal.

IRS Payment P.O. Boxes Closing in 2022

Beginning January 1, 2022, IRS will close several individual payment P.O. boxes (also called lockbox addresses) in the San Francisco, CA and Hartford, CT areas.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - Burbank

Enrolled Agent position open in a small CPA practice. Must be able to work in Burbank, although some remote hours are available. 1-3 years of experience required; will consider applicants for EA exam.

Help Wanted - Experienced EA or CPA - Los Alamitos

Established income tax and wealth management business is seeking experienced EA or CPA to join our team and take over preparation of approximately 250 established client tax returns, with ample opportunity to expand and grow.

IRS Math Error Notices

Five million IRS Math Error Notices sent this filing season did not include language informing the taxpayer of the right to request an abatement.

Families Now Receiving August Child Tax Credit (CTC) Payments

Millions of families are now receiving advance CTC payments for the month of August, as direct deposits begin posting in bank accounts and checks arrive in mailboxes.

FTB's Top 500 Past Due Balances

FTB is required by law to publish twice a year a list of the 500 largest tax delinquencies in excess of $100,000.

Help Wanted - EA or CPA - Encino

Small EA office is looking for an EA or CPA tax preparer with at least 3 years' experience with Lacerte and QB. Must have full knowledge of 1040, 1120s and 1065 LLC with Lacerte, and hands-on with QB.

Employer Identification Number (EIN) Update Reminder

Starting this month, IRS will begin sending letters to approximately 100,000 EIN holders whose responsible party appears to be out of date.

Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Deadline is August 31

The deadline to file Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return and pay the tax is August 31, for vehicles used on the road during July 2021.

Guidance on the Employee Retention Credit

IRS has issued further guidance on the Employee Retention Credit, including guidance for employers who pay qualified wages after June 30, 2021, and before January 1, 2022.

Help Your Clients Combat Unemployment-Related Identity Theft

In 2020, many taxpayers received Forms 1099-G for compensation they did not receive. Take these steps to help clients who are victims of unemployment compensation fraud.

Practice for Sale, $300,000 - Oroville

My practice has been established in Oroville for 33 years. 700 individual returns and 50 business returns. I also own the business building, and will sell the building or rent it.

Help Wanted - Experienced CPA or EA - North San Diego County

North San Diego County tax office is looking for an experienced CPA or EA to join our team either seasonally or preferably full-time year-round. Our office offers income tax preparation, financial planning, bookkeeping and payroll processing.

Market Yourself and the Enrolled Agent Designation

The Public Information and Awareness (PIA) Committee has developed several PowerPoint presentations that Members can use to market themselves to specific industries.

Paycheck Protection Program Direct Forgiveness Portal Coming Soon

On August 4, SBA will launch an application portal allowing borrowers with PPP loans of $150,000 or less, through participating lenders, to apply for forgiveness directly through SBA.

IRS Continues Unemployment Compensation Adjustments

IRS announced this week that another 1.5 million taxpayers will receive refunds averaging more than $1,600, as IRS continues to adjust unemployment compensation from previously filed income tax returns.

EDD Update on Debit Card Security

EDD continues to work with Bank of America to ensure the continuity and security of debit card services for payment of unemployment, disability, and Paid Family Leave insurance benefits.

Help Protect Your Clients from Tax-Related Identity Theft

IP PINs help prevent identity thieves from filing tax returns using stolen Social Security numbers, and are now available to anyone who can verify their identity.

Help Wanted - Experienced Tax Preparer - San Leandro

Small tax preparation and accounting practice in San Leandro is looking for a part-time experienced tax preparer to work year-round, with more hours during tax season. In-office job – great for semi-retired or part-time person. Lacerte is a plus.

Tax or Accounting Practice Wanted for Purchase - Within 25 Miles of Encino

I'm an EA located in Encino, CA. If you're thinking of retirement and want to sell your practice, please contact me. I'm well qualified with lots of tax knowledge, great management skills, and fantastic, well-trained staff.

Help Wanted - EA or CPA - Yuba City

Immediate opening for tax professional EA or CPA. Potential ownership in the near future. This is a full-time position year-round. Must be experienced in personal, corporate, partnership and LLC returns.

IRS Launches Tax Pro Accounts

Tax professionals can now digitally initiate Powers of Attorney (POAs) and Tax Information Authorizations (TIAs) with IRS’s new Tax Pro Account. These digital authorization requests are simpler versions of Forms 2848 and 8821.

IRS Urges Tax Pros to Use Multi-Factor Authentication

With security incidents on the rise, IRS is urging tax professionals and taxpayers alike to use multi-factor authentication, which is available on tax software products to help protect against identity and data theft.

Taxpayer Digital Communication Initiative

The goal of IRS’s Taxpayer Digital Communication Initiative is to implement tools that make it easier for taxpayers to engage with IRS. This includes secure messaging, real-time text chat, and Outbound Notification.

Help Wanted - Tax Professional - Chico or Los Altos Area

Seeking a tax professional for Individual and Entity Tax engagements. Our substantially paperless office requires computer literacy and excellent communication skills for both live and virtual client/staff interface.

Refunds for Unemployment Compensation Overpayments

IRS issued another round of refunds this week to nearly four million taxpayers who overpaid their taxes on unemployment compensation received last year.

Beware of Child Tax Credit Scams

Identity thieves are using advance payments of the Child Tax Credit as bait to get people to give up their personal information.

Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments Begin

The first batch of advance monthly Child Tax Credit payments, worth roughly $15 billion, reached about 35 million families on July 15. About 86 percent of payments were sent by direct deposit.

Two-Thirds of Californians to Receive Golden State Stimulus Payments

Under the second stimulus package approved by Governor Newsom on Monday, roughly two-thirds of Californians can expect a $600 payment, thanks to the second phase of the Golden State Stimulus.

IRS Penalty Guidance Page Updated

IRS has redesigned and expanded its penalty guidance content page. Get information about many common penalties.

Extended Relief for Employer Leave-Based Donation Programs

IRS has extended tax relief for calendar year 2021 for employers whose employees forgo sick, vacation or personal leave because of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services FAQs

Established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the CERTS Program was created to support transportation service providers affected by COVID-19.

Avoid These Common Errors When Requesting Advance Payments of Employer Credits

Help your clients avoid errors and processing delays when completing Form 7200, Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID-19 by double-checking these key items.

California Budget Trailer Bills Include Important Tax Provisions

On June 28, Governor Newsom and California legislators announced an agreement on a new 2021-2022 budget. Included in the agreement are a number of trailer bills that contain several major tax-related items.

Families Can Now Update Direct Deposit Information for Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments

IRS has upgraded the Child Tax Credit Update Portal to enable families to update their bank account information, so they can receive their monthly Child Tax Credit payment. Any updates made by August 2 will apply to the August 13 payment.

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments FAQ Update

Two new topics have been added to the 2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments FAQs, regarding unenrolling from advance payments and identity verification.

New Advance Child Tax Credit Tools

IRS has launched two new online tools to help families manage and monitor advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit. These are in addition to the Non-filer Sign-up Tool, which was launched last week.

Help Wanted - EA Opportunity - San Diego

San Diego tax and accounting firm is seeking an EA with a minimum of three years of experience preparing 1040, 1065, 1120-S, 1120-C, 1041, 5471, and FinCEN Form 114 - hiring immediately. UltraTax and Spanish speaking a plus!

New Child Tax Credit Non-Filer Sign-Up Tool

IRS has launched a Non-filer Sign-up tool to help families who don't normally file tax returns register for monthly Advance Child Tax Credit payments. Payments are scheduled to begin on July 15.

IRS Collection Programs to Resume Normal Operations

IRS's automated lien and levy programs have been idle since April 2020. With the recent progress in controlling the pandemic, IRS plans to return to its normal collection casework processes later this summer.

Help Wanted - EA or CPA - San Francisco

Tax preparer with experience with individual, corporation and partnership returns is required. This is not an entry level position - at least 5 years of hands-on experience required. Full time with benefits but possible part time position also.

Tax Preparation Career - Walnut Creek

Are you a great tax professional? Stern & Associates, an EA Tax Preparation Firm in Walnut Creek & San Francisco is seeking an experienced full-time and/or a part-time Enrolled Agent or CPA. This is an in-office position at the Walnut Creek location.

CDTFA New Sales and Use Tax Rates

A number of tax rate changes will be implemented in various cities and counties throughout the state starting July 1.

FTB Update on AB 80

FTB added some information to its website today regarding AB 80 and forgiven loans, addressing income exclusion and business expense deductions.

Advance Child Tax Credit for Non-Filers

Revenue Procedure 21-24 provides two procedures for individuals, who are not otherwise required to file 2020 federal income tax returns, to file returns in order to receive: Advance Child Tax Credit payments and more.

EDD Guidance on New Identity Verification

Californians filing a new claim through UI Online must prove identity through EDD has produced another AskEDDy video to help claimants get through the validation process more smoothly.

Premium Assistance and Tax Credit for Continuation Health Coverage

The American Rescue Plan provides a temporary 100 percent reduction in the premium that individuals would have to pay when they elect COBRA continuation health coverage, following a reduction in hours or an involuntary termination of employment.

Child Tax Credit Payments to Begin on July 15

The first monthly payment of the expanded and newly advanceable Child Tax Credit from the American Rescue Plan will be made on July 15.

IRS to Terminate Inactive EAs Who Haven't Renewed

IRS has begun sending letters to EAs with SSNs ending in 7, 8, 9, or no SSN, who have not renewed for the 2018 and 2021 cycles.

FTB 2020 Tax Return Changes

Two important updates affecting the 2020 filing season have been posted to FTB’s website regarding Advance Child Tax Credit Payments, and In-Home Support Services and CalEITC.

Form 1040 Processing Timeframes

IRS is now opening mail within normal timeframes, and has also made significant progress in processing prior year returns. Unprocessed returns include those requiring correction or validation.

SBA Stops Accepting Paycheck Protection Program Applications

SBA has informed lenders that the PPP general fund is out of money. The application deadline had been extended for an additional two months, through May 31, to allow borrowers time to apply for the loans.

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

Advance payments of the 2021 Child Tax Credit will be made regularly from July through December to eligible taxpayers who have a main home in the United States for more than half the year.


Enrolled Agents are America’s Tax Experts. We are federally-licensed tax practitioners who specialize in tax preparation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. If you get a letter from the IRS, or worse, are audited or are the target of a collection action, your EA can speak directly to the IRS on your behalf.

Enrolled Agents are trained in a wide variety of tax situations, both common and unusual. With tax laws changing yearly, it’s more critical than ever to consult with a qualified tax specialist on your tax and financial strategy. The Enrolled Agent license is the highest credential the IRS issues. Be confident about your tax return – use an Enrolled Agent.

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WINNER! Norman M. Golden, EA - "EA of the Year"

At the recent California Society of Enrolled Agents Grand Banquet awards and installation dinner, GGSEA member, Norman Golden, EA, was named "EA of the Year"!
Norman is a Past President of GGSEA, Past President of CSEA, and this is his SECOND time winning "EA of the Year"!
Congrats Norm!


Golden Gate’s monthly membership dinner meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of the month. No member meeting is held in April due to tax season deadlines.

Registration/Hospitality generally begins at 6:00 PM.
Dinner Service at 6:45 and the Education Program at 7:30,
Timing of individual meetings, however, may differ slightly due to increased CE hours or additional agenda items such as membership voting.

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Be sure to register early to avoid a late charge.

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