Nearly three months into the legalization of cannabis in California, and we’re still covering state updates to taxes related to running a cannabis business. This is a big update for dispensary owners located in Los Angeles – and impacts how you pay your city taxes. Today’s post: Los Angeles’ updates to the existing L050 Medical Marijuana business tax classification.
As of January, 2018, the previous business tax classification was replaced by the following rates.
For more on cannabis taxes for retailers and cannabis cultivators, check out our blog series on cannabis taxes.
When do you need to pay these taxes?
These tax payments are due on a quarterly basis starting in January 2018. To give businesses time to adjust, any activities related to the first quarter of 2018 (January, February, March) and the 2nd quarter of 2018 (April, May, June) will be both due on July 1, 2018. After that, quarters will be due after the last day of that quarter. For example the 3rd quarter of 2018 will be due October 1, 2018. In July 2019, the schedule will change to reporting on a monthly basis.
How do you report these taxes?
Look for tax certificates to come in the mail from the Office of Finances within 3 to 4 weeks after registering as a business. These business tax registrations certificates (BTRC’s) are for the purpose of business tax compliance, and you should not consider them as your permit to begin operating as a cannabis business. For more information about these business tax classifications please refer to the Los Angeles Municipal Code sections 21.51 and 21.52 or get in touch with the experts at California Cannabis CPA.