Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses


Order provides 90-day extension in state and local taxes, including sales tax

Order extends licensing deadlines and requirements for a number of industries

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that will provide tax, regulatory and licensing extensions for businesses. 

The executive order allows the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) to offer a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. That means small businesses will have until the end of July to file their first-quarter returns.

Additionally, the order extends the statute of limitations to file a claim for refund by 60 days to accommodate tax and fee payers.

The executive order also includes extensions that impact state government workers, as well as consumers. For instance, the Department of Motor Vehicles will limit in-person transactions for the next 60 days, allowing instead for mail-in renewals. Additionally, the Department of Consumer Affairs will waive continuing education requirements for several professions, also for the next 60 days.

Further, the order will extend the Office of Administrative Law’s deadlines to review regular department proposed regulations. The order also extends by 60 days the time period to complete investigation of public safety officers based on allegations of misconduct. Finally, deadlines for trainings, investigations, and adverse actions for state workers will also be extended.

A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here, and the text of the order can be found here.

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  1. Simon Simonian

    l am self employed, due to Corona virus l am loosing income .
    l can not cover my both rents business and apartment. Basically not any money to live.
    l try to apply for disaster help, it is not available,
    what shall l do?

    • Kim

      This is horrible I know we applied for unemployment and its been 4 weeks nothing. This is worse then the COVID-19, losing our business, our ability to feed our families, pay our business rent, insurance & home rent or mortgage. It is criminal how they have ordered us to stop but there is no help for us. This is digging a hole that we won’ able to get our selves out of

  2. Steven Anthony Figueroa

    Can’t thank Governor Newsome enough for taking the Leadership Role in this Corona Virus CRISIS especially with the executive order allowing for temporary MORITORUM on EVICTIONS for Small Businesses Mortgages and Renters . Steven Figueroa Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board Member Director of Legislative Affairs 7604864815


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