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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.  

Measure J is a $288 parcel tax designed to raise funds for teacher salaries and school improvements. It would apply to all taxable real estate in the city though there is an exemption for seniors over 65. The Controller’s Office says the measure could generate almost $50 million a year. 

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.


Local government leaders are aiming to soften COVID-19’s blow to the economy by overhauling the city’s tax structure.

Tips for Preparing and Filing Your Tax Returns 2020

May 20, 2020

Last year’s taxes featured major changes to tax law we were all trying to digest.  what is new as of the end of 2019?  How did the Coronavirus change the equation?  What forms of relief are there?  Joining us tonight are Attorney/CPAs Frank Adam of Pacifica and David Hellman of San Rafael.  Questions for Jeff and his guests, call toll-free at (866) 798-8255.

Year-end tips to figure income tax returns for 2019

Nov 20, 2019

  To assist identifying year-end tips to figure 2019 income tax returns, YLR host Jeff Hayden welcomes David Hellman and Frank Adam. David Hellman, with offices in San Rafael, is a certified specialist in taxation law and estate planning, trust & probate law by the California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, and is Member of the Business Law, Trusts & Estates, Real Property Law & Taxation sections of the California Lawyers Association; Frank Adam, with offices in Pacifica, is a practicing attorney, real estate broker, and certified public accountant.

Tips on Preparing 2019 Income Tax Returns

Nov 18, 2019

Year End Tax Tips for Income Tax Returns for 2019. YLR Host Jeff Hayden welcomes guests David Hellman, a Certified Specialist in Federal Taxation Law, Real Estate attorney, CPA, and Frank Adam, Tax attorney, Real Estate attorney, CPA, and Daniel J. Ross, Certified Public Accountant and Certified Valuation Analyst. Questions for Daniel, David & Frank? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

How The Rich Dodge Taxes And How To Make Them Pay

Oct 29, 2019

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss UC Berkeley Professor Gabriel Zucman’s new book The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay.

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September 23, 2019: If you live or work in San Francisco, chances are you have received mail from José Cisneros, the Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco. Cisneros oversees over $5.2 billion in revenue for the city and county. But did you know the Treasurer's office also has a division devoted to financial equity issues?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump campaign and Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to run in the state's primary, legislation that was aimed at prying loose President Donald Trump's returns.

Probate 102: Managing & Planning for the Small Estate

Jul 10, 2019

  Last week, we began a two-part program, "Planning for the Small Estate." To continue the discussion this week, July 10, 2019, we present "Probate 102: Managing & Planning for the Small Estate." YLR host Jeff Hayden welcomes Alicia Gamez, law offices of Alicia Gamez, San Francisco, Ca. Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law and in Taxation Law, a member of the Trust and Estates Law and Taxation Law and Taxation Law sections of the California Lawyers Association. Questions for Alicia and Jeff? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

In Estonia, tax filing is done in one minute

Apr 15, 2019


A couple of weeks ago I received an email reminding me that it would soon be time to file my U.S. tax return for 2016. The email said that first and foremost, I’d have to locate my W-2 form showing my earnings and taxes for last year.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll ask who bears what share of the tax burden and where their money goes.

Income tax 2018?

Mar 20, 2019

  Income tax 2018?

YLR Host Jeff Hayden welcomes David Hellman and Frank Adam.

With law offices in San Rafael, David Hellman is certified as a Specialist in Taxation Law & Estate Planning, plus Trust & Probate Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California. He is also a member of the Business Law, Trusts & Estates, Real Property Law & Taxation Sections of the California Lawyers Association.

The Bay Area braces for Uber & Lyft IPOs

Mar 20, 2019

On this edition of Your Call, how many millionaires can the Bay Area sustain? When Uber and Lyft go public this year, thousands of employees will become incredibly wealthy overnight. Home prices are expected to go up, making the Bay Area even more unaffordable for working class people.

Philosophy Talk: The Philanthropy Trap

Feb 22, 2019

What happens when philanthropy by the wealthy becomes a substitute for democratically-accountable government action?

 On this week's media roundtable, we’ll discuss the recent social unrest in Paris. Protests over planned gas tax hikes snowballed into a wider revolt over the high cost of living, inequality, and French President Emmanuel Macron’s neoliberal policies.


Special guest is tax specialist David Hellman.  

Tips on Preparing 2018 Income Tax Returns

Dec 12, 2018

Your Legal Rights Host Jeff Hayden welcomes David Hellman, specialist in taxation law & also in estate planning, trust & probate law who is certified by The California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar, with law office in San Rafael. Questions for David & Jeff? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. Also, this is our once-a-month Call-A-Lawyer Night. So, while Your Legal Rights broadcasts on 91.7 FM (online 7 'til 8pm PST, attorneys are available off-the-air as well -- 800-525-9917, for private no-fee consultation on a variety of legal questions.

Family Law 201: Support Issues

Dec 5, 2018

  How are child support and spousal support calculated? What are the laws that relate to each? What are tax implications? Both our returning guests are Family Law Specialists certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Host Jeff Hayden welcomes Janet Frankel and B J Fadem for “Family Law 201 -- Support Issues". Questions? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

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Gas prices have topped $4 a gallon at some stations in the Bay Area. Fuel in California usually costs more than any other in state in the continental US.


Is the gas and vehicle tax increase approved last year too much for Californians with tight budgets?  Or is it a much-needed source of funding for the state’s transportation infrastructure?

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Affordable housing is on the ballot everywhere this election, and wine country is no exception.

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Measure A is about the renewal of a one-eighth cent sales tax increase in Santa Clara County, keeping most of the county’s total sales tax at 9%.

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In the upcoming November election San Mateo County will consider a half-cent transportation sales tax, also known as Measure W.

Oakland Proposition W: Vacant Property Tax

Oct 4, 2018
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Measure W is a vacant property tax in Oakland, aimed at reducing homelessness and illegal dumping.

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Voters around California are weighing dozens of ballot measures that would impose taxes on marijuana businesses in different cities and counties. Oakland’s Measure V is unique, however, because it could lead to lower tax rates for marijuana businesses.

San Francisco Proposition E: Hotel Tax for Cultural Purposes

Oct 1, 2018
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San Francisco’s Proposition E would redirect a fraction of the city’s hotel taxes to support the arts. The Board of Supervisors unanimously put this measure on the ballot, and it wouldn’t require a tax increase.  


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Should businesses be doing more to help with the housing shortage? Some San Francisco residents think so. 

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Proposition C would create an additional tax on San Francisco businesses with gross receipts, or revenue, of more than $50 million a year to fund homeless services.

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Proposition 6 would repeal the gas tax and transportation funding package that Governor Brown signed last year. That could put money back in your pocket at the pump, but take money out of roads and transit.

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Proposition 6 is all about repealing the new gas tax, and making it harder to raise gas taxes in the future.