State Resources

Sadly, anyone can become a victim of identity theft.

Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit cards, open new utility accounts, or get medical treatment on your health insurance. An identity thief can file a tax refund in your name and get your refund. In some extreme cases, a thief might even give your name to the police during an arrest.

Find information on resources for small business and nonprofits.

Small businesses play an essential role in California's regional economies and industry clusters, generating an annual payroll of $189 billion in 2010. Definitions of small businesses often vary by program and industry. At times small businesses are defined by the number of employees (less than 100) and in other cases they are defined by gross receipts and/or other financial data.

Do you have a family member, or a neighbor, who is a Veteran? If so, they can now apply to have a special “VETERAN” designation on their driver license.

Veterans are often eligible for many benefits and discounts, such as those available from stores or restaurants. In the past, the only way to prove their military status has been through the use of a DD-214, which contains sensitive, personal information.

This new driver license feature makes it easier and safer for former service members who need to show their eligibility for benefits and discounts.

Many people in California have shown concern for the treatment of elderly friends and family members who reside in nursing homes or residential care facilities. Most of these individuals are not aware of the protections California has put in place for our seniors, which is why I wanted to share some important information with you.

Authorized by the Federal Older Americans Act and its state companion, the Older Californians Act, the California State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program serves as a voice to protect seniors.

When starting a new business, there are many important decisions to make and many rules and procedures that must be addressed. While there is no single source for all filing requirements, the following steps have been developed to assist you in starting your business.

Earning a college degree opens up many opportunities in life and increases the likelihood of a successful future.  Over the past few decades, the rising cost of a college education has far outpaced inflation, which makes it less affordable for many qualified students.

For the third year in a row, California is offering an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working low-income families and individuals. This year, the eligibility thresholds were lowered so that more people could qualify.

If you qualify for the CA EITC and the amount of the credit is greater than the tax you owe, you will receive a refund.

State government is organized into several dozen departments, most of which have been grouped together into a smaller number of agencies. The vast majority of state government agencies and departments are headquartered in Sacramento or in parts of Sacramento County, but most of the larger agencies and departments also have local offices around the state. All are designed to provide services to, or otherwise assist, the residents of our state. Following are links to the websites of some important state offices.