Tax Guide for Barbers and Beauty Shops

There are a growing number of personal care professionals in California. Personal care professionals include barbers, hairstylists, cosmetologists, manicurists, electrologists, and estheticians, among others. We recognize that industry growth leads to an increased need for helpful tax guidance. We developed this guide with topics related to this industry to help you better understand your sales and use tax obligations, so that you can focus more on your business.

How to Use This Guide

Each section of this guide contains information important to your business.

The Getting Started section provides key resources related to registration, filing returns, account maintenance, required licenses, and other important topics.

The Industry Topics section covers many topics in an at-a-glance format which can be expanded to show more extensive information.

Lastly, the Resources section provides links to a wealth of information, including web-based seminars, forms and publications, statutory and regulatory information, and access to live help from our customer service representatives.

Get it in Writing

Our tax and fee laws can be complex and difficult to understand. If you have specific questions regarding this topic, we recommend that you get answers in writing from us. This will enable us to give you the best advice and will protect you from tax, penalties and interest in case we give you erroneous information.

Requests for written advice can be emailed to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) or mailed directly to the CDTFA office nearest you.

For more details, please see publication 8, Get it in Writing.

If You Need Help

If you need assistance with topics included in this guide — or with topics not included, please feel free to contact us by telephone or email. Contact information and hours of operation are available in the Resources section.

If you have suggestions for improving this guide, please contact us via email.