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Get a tax ID number for your business in just 5 minutes

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Info for new child care providers

Standard meal allowance rates

The importance of good record keeping

Business use of home and the time/space percentage

Standard mileage rates

Auto expense

Step by step instructions for preparing Form 1099-MISC

Estimated Tax: Pay federal and state income tax during the year to avoid possible penalties later.

What business licenses do you need?

Start-up costs

How and why to take a home inventory

What the heck is depreciation?

SIMPLE IRA retirement plan = good choice for child care providers

Incorporation not recommended for family child care providers


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FCC Payroll welcomes
new customers all year round

April 2017

Dear Clients and Visitors,

If you are a California child care provider with employees or looking to hire someone, please visit the FCC Payroll Page and let me know if you have any questions.

Earlier this year, I heard from a child care provider who has always treated her assistant as an independent contractor. When tax time came around, the assistant's husband is upset that she is receiving a Form 1099-MISC, rather than a Form W-2. He understood that the taxes on 1099 income are higher. Unfortunately, he can easily get this provider in trouble over this if he wants to.

If you are interested in income tax preparation, I very much regret to tell you that I am no longer taking new income tax clients. Only payroll clients.

Whether we have the chance to work together or not, I hope you find some useful information on my site.

Yours truly,


California child care providers,
home daycare owners,
preschool directors,
childcare center administrators,
and other small businesses owners:

FCC Payroll makes it easy and affordable to pay your employees. Account setup is easy.
Please contact us with any questions.


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Payroll Tax Guide

My Letter to New Child Care Providers

How to Find a Tax Preparer

Child Care Tax Return Checklist

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Alison T. Jacks is an Enrolled Agent specializing in tax preparation and payroll services for California family child care providers. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she is dedicated to effective client communication and attention to detail. Alison has a diverse clientele, but since 2007, she has been accepting child care provider clients only. The FCC Payroll Service was launched in 2010 to meet the needs of preschool and day care employers.

Alison is located in San Francisco East Bay City of Fremont, but she works with clients living throughout Central, Southern, and Northern California. She is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals.

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