Types of California Service tax Obligations


Three types of revenue tax obligations are imposed by the golden state on companies: a franchise tax, a business tax obligation and another minimal tax obligation. Nearly all state services are subject to at minimum one of these tax obligations. In some cases, however, more than one is required.

Companies and LLCs can choose to be considered firms to avoid the company tax obligation. The tax rate at 8.84% is higher than the average US tax and is applied to web gross income of organizations in California. The state does not have a franchise tax obligation for corporations. However, the AMT (different minimum tax obligation) for 6.65% applies to them. This reduces the effectiveness of services by balancing income against expenditures to lower the corporate tax obligation price.

C Corporations

C corporations or common firms pay the corporate tax obligation at 8.84% or 6.65% depending on whether they have net taxable income. A corporation earning $1 million in net taxable income would owe 8.844%, or $88,400, to California state revenue tax. The state also taxes shareholders on individual income they receive from the corporation. California is particularly strict when that income is paid as returns. California’s state income tax has the lowest tax price for dividends at 13.3%.

S Companies

S firms offer the same legal and monetary security as C corporations, but travel through local revenue to business owners. They pay a 1.5% franchise tax obligation. Even for S-firms that claim no or adverse take-home, the minimum franchise tax is $800. An S company earning $1 million in earnings owes 1.5% or it passes on to the business owners, who have to pay their personal state income tax obligation. There are nine brackets for individual income tax in the golden state, with rates ranging from 1 to 12.3%.


The franchise tax obligation is also paid by a minimal liability business, but it’s calculated differently than for S-firms. Instead of a flat percentage rate that is based upon earnings, LLCs pay flat amounts based upon gross income tiers. A $900 tax obligation is imposed on gross incomes above $250,000, as well as $499,000. A tax obligation of $2,500 is imposed on gross incomes between $500,000 to $999,999. A tax of $6,000. is charged on gross incomes between $1million and $4,999999 million. A tax obligation of $11,790 is imposed on gross incomes above $5 million. Organizations with less than $250,000 gross income are subject to the $800 minimum franchise tax obligation.8 Earnings from an LLC pass through to business owners who must pay individual earnings tax at low rates of 1 to 12.3%.7 For more information, please contact us.

This article was written by Alla Tenina. Alla is one of the best tax attorneys in Los Angeles California, and the founder of Tenina law. She has experience in bankruptcies, real estate planning, and complex tax matters. The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only. Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information. This website contains links to other third-party websites. Such links are only for the convenience of the reader, user or browser; the ABA and its members do not recommend or endorse the contents of the third-party sites.

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