It is tax season again! This time of year, scammers often impersonate IRS or State Franchise Tax Board officials in an attempt to steal your identity or access your financial information.   Here are some tips to avoid falling victim to these scams:  The IRS or CA FTB will not: - Call to demand an immediate payment.- Ask for bank account, credit, or debit card information over the phone. - Call and threaten legal action or to contact local authorities. - Require you to Read More...
The state could be holding some of your money! The California State Controller's Office has close to $10 billion in unclaimed property. California law requires banks, insurance companies, corporations, and other entities to submit their customers’ property to the state when there has been no activity for a period of time. California safeguards this lost or forgotten property as long as it takes to reunite it with the rightful owners. Common types of unclaimed property Read More...
On February 18, Assembly Members Kelly Seyarto and Frank Bigelow introduced Assembly Bill 1028, which would create the Telework Flexibility Act.
February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America and sadly 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart related conditions every year. According to the American Heart Association, however, close to 80% of these cases can be prevented through education and simple lifestyle changes. We often worry about the well-being of our family members, but it is also important to take time to focus on your own health and self-care needs.  Read More...
Comprehensive wildfire prevention policies must be a top priority for California.Fire season is now year round. In 2020, California set historic records with nearly 10,000 fires burning more than 4.2 million acres and over 10,000 structures, most of which were homes.Having served our great state as a firefighter for 35 years, I have experienced firsthand the dangerous, devastating, and life altering effects a fire can have on families and businesses in our communities. Read More...
Recently, I introduced AB 291, which seeks to relieve the children and spouses of our great men and women in uniform from the undue burden of taxes from SBP payments.   California is one of the few states that fully taxes SBP which allow retired service members to allocate a portion of their retired pay to a spouse, child, or other eligible beneficiary after their death. Currently there are just over 28,700 military survivors receiving this benefit within California, Read More...
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) has introduced AB 291, a bill that will make the payments from Survivor Benefit Plans (SBP) tax free in California. California is one of the few states that fully taxes SBP which allow retired service members to allocate a portion of their retired pay to a spouse, child, or other eligible beneficiary after their death. Currently there are just over 28,700 military survivors receiving this benefit within Read More...
“Comprehensive wildfire prevention policies must to be a top priority for California. As a former Fire Battalion Chief, I am proud to join with Assemblyman Gallagher to co-author AB 297 to address some of the immediate obstacles preventing critical progress including increased funding and regulatory relief.” – Assembly Member Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta)
Good news for small business owners!   You may be eligible for the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program which provides grants from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. This 2nd round of relief will accept applications beginning TODAY, February 2nd through February 8th.    Those who are awarded a grant will be notified any time from February 11th-22nd.   Any applicant who did not receive a grant in round 1 is Read More...
As the new session continues, I too want to continue to keep you informed, and I am pleased to share another key legislative update.   Today I introduced AB 346, a bill that will require any agency in the state to notify you if your unencrypted personal information was accessed or reasonably believed to have been accessed by an unauthorized person.   Data breaches come in many forms. While the current law requires these agencies to report if any of your personal Read More...