Free Sales Tax Classes in San Marcos, California

Jennifer A. Thieme

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Confused about sales and use taxes? Did you know that the Board of Equalization offers free classes in San Marcos, California, to help you learn about sales and use tax return preparation?

Live, Instructor Led Courses in San Marcos, California

Two courses are offered. One is called the Basic Sales and Use Tax Seminar. This is a live, instructor led course, and it's designed to cover the following topics:

  • Preparation of a sales and use tax return
  • Supporting and reporting sales exempt from sales and use tax
  • Using a resale certificate
  • Determining the difference between taxable labor, and non-taxable labor
  • How to maintain adaquate records

Courses are offered once a month and are in English. About two hours long, they are usually on Wednesday evenings at 6pm.

The second course offered is called the Sales and Use Tax Return Preparation Class. This is also a live, instructor led course. In this class, the instructor assists the participants in preparing a sales and use tax return. In fact, participants are encouraged to bring their own sales and use tax return, along with any supporting documentation. This course is offered several times per quarter. It lasts about one hour, is in English, and is usually on a weekday at either 10am or 2pm.

The San Marcos courses are offered at this location:

San Marcos Branch Office
334 Via Vera Cruz, Suite 107
San Marcos, CA 92078-2637

Call the San Marcos Branch Office for more information: (760) 510-5850

Not near San Marcos, California?

The Board of Equalization offers these same classes throughout the state. To search for a class near you, click here to access the online database of all classes offered.

Online Course Offered

In addition to the live, instructor led courses, the Board of Equalization also offers an Online Tutorial for Sales and Use Tax. The course is designed to illustrate some commonly encountered tax concepts. It consists of six lessons:

1. Common Definitions
2. General Information
3. Exemptions and Deductions
4. Sample Sales and Use Tax Return
5. E-Filing
6. Services Available

Quiz Questions are given, as well as the solution to the Sales and Use Tax Return. This is a very quick moving, pdf based course, with active hyperlinks throughout to make navigation quite easy. Click below to access the course:

Online Tutorial for Sales and Use Tax

About the Author: Jennifer A. Thieme is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor who loves to write about accounting, tax, and QuickBooks issues. She brings unique insight, clear instructions, and over ten years of experience to all of her business articles. Owner of Solid Rock Accounting Services, Jennifer's clients enjoy these same benefits on a personal and regular basis. You can too - visit and contact Jennifer today.


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