Editor’s Note: sorry for the title but all I could think about was the Monkees famous song, when I read the article posted by Jan Norman, my all time favorite business writer for the Orange County Register, whose posted article is entitled “State Tax Auditors to visit two more O.C. Cities.” In truth and candor, there are very good people who work for the SBE so hopefully, I did not offend anyone. And, the purpose of this program is in the nature of a compliance effort, i.e., to get folks to register their businesses with the SBE. However, the can of worms is opened once contacted since an audit is almost all but guaranteed.
As noted in the ariticle, California SBE tax hunters will visit more than 9,200 businesses in La Habra, Huntington Beach and six other cities in search of unpaid sales and use taxes and other mandated fees, according to the California State Board of Equalization. he visits are part of a four-year program first authorized by the board to uncover sources of $2 billion in unpaid taxes. Since 2008, the board’s Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program teams have visited 343,000 businesses in 427 ZIP codes.
The teams go door to door in business districts to verify that retailers are registered with the Board of Equalization and have proper occupational licenses.
Letters about the upcoming visits have been sent to businesses in these ZIP codes:
- La Habra, 90631
- Huntington Beach, 92646
- Riverside, 92508
- Sherman Oaks, 91423
- Encinitas, 92024
- Tracy, 95304, 95376, 95377 and 95391
- Vernalis, 95385
- Santa Rosa, 95407
The board has seven eight-member teams statewide – one is in Irvine – to conduct these door-to-door visits.
The board says if inspectors in this program find a business without required permits or licenses, they will be told how to register with the Board of Equalization or given information about licenses. The board has not reported how much additional revenue the program has brought into state coffers.
If owners have specific questions about the inquiries from the BOE specialists, they should call the local State Compliance and Outreach Program Team (in Orange and San Bernardino counties, the contact is 949-223-5447).
Click here for general information or call the Taxpayer Information Call Center at 800-400-7115.