Aguiar-Curry introduces bill to help small businesses stay open
February 17, 2017 | Lake County News
"Running a small business in California is challenging and sometimes they run into trouble. Small businesses are vital to California’s economy and the Offer in Compromise program is a critical tool that helps these mom and pop stores stay open," said Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma, CPA.
California Must Do More to Help Working Families
January 27, 2017 | The Huffington Post
Today is EITC Awareness Day, which is why I am bringing attention to this key tax credit many hard-working Californians qualify for, but have never heard about.
Proper Planning Proves Prudent
January 23, 2017 | The Huffington Post
Colorado and Washington were the first two states to pass statewide recreational cannabis initiatives in November 2012. Colorado was out of the gate first, opening up the nation’s first recreational cannabis stores on January 1, 2013 to those over 21 years old. While people flocked to Colorado, Washington state chose to watch and learn and deliberately waited until 2014 to open its first legal dispensary retail store based on a substantially different licensing, regulation, and taxing scheme.
Mystery raises at tax board prompt demand for reforms
January 18, 2017 | The Sacramento Bee
On a summer day in 2015, 16 high-level managers at the Board of Equalization received special pay raises that the department still can’t explain.
The Cannabis Safe Payment Act Would Simplify Tax and Fee Payments
January 18, 2017 | Culture Magazine
The time for sensible cannabis tax legislation in California is long overdue. On Tuesday, Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced a bill that would simplify the way cannabis businesses in California pay taxes and fees. The measure would allow cash payments at many more locations than are currently available. The bill was written in collaboration with Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma who is also sponsoring the bill.
Cursing like a sailor, John Burton helped steer California into deep blue waters
January 12, 2017 | Los Angeles Times
Cannabis Banking Tales of Risks Take Center Stage at Capitol Meeting of Industries and Public Agencies
December 21, 2016 | Yubanet
Treasurer Chiang’s Cannabis Banking Working Group hears of real and potential risks to cannabis workers, their families and banks
Fiona Ma Is Banking on Cannabis
December 05, 2016 | MG Retailer
As she eyes a run for California State Treasurer, BOE Chair Fiona Ma is bullish on cannabis and remains unwavering in her determination to fix the woeful state of nonexistent banking for the industry.