Corporate Income Tax: Nexus Established Due to Employee’s In-State Activities

The FTB advises a taxpayer that its corporate subsidiary, which had a single employee located in California, was doing business in the state during pre-2011 tax years and therefore was subject to corporation franchise and income taxes during those years because the employee’s transactions were conducted for the purpose of the subsidiary’s financial or pecuniary gain or profit and went beyond the P.L. 86-272 protections. The subsidiary and its parent manufacture and sell various products for consumer and professional use. The subsidiary sold its products to distributors in California, including the parent corporation, which then sold the subsidiary’s products to various retailers throughout California.

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