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Taxation of Employee Compensation: California

Taxation of Employee Compensation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Vicki M. Lambert, The Payroll Advisor


  • Special tax rules apply in California to three popular fringe benefits: group-term life insurance, moving expense reimbursements and educational assistance. See Group-Term Life Insurance; Moving Expenses; and Educational Assistance.
  • Localities including Berkeley, Richmond, San Francisco and the San Francsico Bay Area have laws requiring certain employers to offer employees the option of pre-tax pay deductions to fund mass transit commuter benefits. See Local Requirements.