Brown Holder Alfaro & Co. LLP, a St. Helena-based accounting firm with more than 60 years in operation, has named a new managing partner to succeed current manager Kevin Alfaro, who plans to leave the firm in August.

Breton “Bret” Blyth, a partner at the firm since 2006, will assume the role. Mr. Alfaro will leave Brown Holder Alfaro & Co. to pursue other interests in private industry, according to the firm.

Mr. Blyth, who began working at the St. Helena office full-time in 1996, has focused primarily on assisting winery and vineyard clients during his time at the firm, with an emphasis on taxation. He is a graduate of Sonoma State University, and received a master's of science in taxation from Golden Gate University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and serves as director and treasurer for the Napa Valley Wine Library Association and as board member and treasurer for Legal Aid of Napa Valley.

In other news, Stacy Madigan has joined the firm as chief operating officer.

In addition to Mr. Blyth, the firm’s partners include Robert Holder, Warren Warner and Danielle Sandoval. The 23-member firm serves a variety of industries, specializing in wine.***

The California Board of Equalization has launched a new Web service -- eReg -- designed to allow secure access to its services online.

Launched last week, the new 24-hour service allows users to access functions such as applying for a seller’s permit, paying use tax and registering for other tax and fee programs. The program guides users through the process of obtaining permits, licenses and accounts required to do business in California, and applications can be saved and completed at a later date.

“BOE remains committed to improving the taxpayer experience. With eReg, taxpayers can be confident they have necessary permits and licenses required for their business,” said Betty Yee, Board of Equalization member for the state’s first district.

Users can also register for special taxes and fees, including International Fuel Tax Agreement accounts and licenses for cigarette and tobacco sales. New businesses locations can be registered, taxes can be paid, and support materials are available.

More information about the new service can be accessed through the board’s website,

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