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2013 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION 17
2013 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Board met at its offices at 5901 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, at
11:10 a.m., with Mr. Horton, Chairman, Ms. Steel, Vice Chairwoman, Ms. Yee and Mr. Runner
present, Ms. Mandel present on behalf of Mr. Chiang in accordance with Government Code
section 7.9.
CORPORATE FRANCHISE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAXES HEARING
Richard B. Pallack, 527752
1993, $47,373.00 Assessment
For Appellant:
Richard B. Pallack, Taxpayer
Ronald Lynn, Representative
For Franchise Tax Board:
Kristen Kane, Tax Counsel
Bill Hilson, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether the Franchise Tax Board (FTB or Respondent) issued the Notice of
Proposed Assessment (NPA) in a timely matter.
Whether Treasury Regulation section 301.9100-3(a) can operate to extend the
time period in which appellant could file his disaster loss carryback claim under Revenue and
Taxation Code (R&TC) section 17207, subdivision (g).
If Treasury Regulation section 301.9100-3(a) can operate to extend the time
period in which appellant could have filed his disaster loss carryback claim under R&TC section
17207, subdivision (g), has appellant shown that he comes within the provisions of Treasury
Regulation section 301.9100-3(a).
Appellant’s Exhibit:
Miscellaneous Documents (Exhibit 2.1)
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
Exhibits to these minutes are incorporated by reference.
The Board recessed at 12:04 p.m. and reconvened at 1:24 p.m. with Mr. Horton,
Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel present.
PUBLIC COMMENT
Speaker:
John Francis Kelly, Owner, Kelly's Tux Shop, and California Resident
At Ms. Yee’s request, the Board directed staff to present the Federation of Tax
Administrators (FTA) Tobacco Section Resolution to expand the Prevent All Cigarette
Trafficking (PACT) Act to include cigars and pipe tobacco, at the next Board meeting in
Sacramento.
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CORPORATE FRANCHISE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAXES HEARINGS
Brian D. Adler and Cheryl Adler, 601347
2005, $63,795.00 Tax, $12,759.00 Accuracy-Related Penalty
For Appellants:
Brian D. Adler, Taxpayer
Jonathan A. Brod, Attorney
For Franchise Tax Board:
Raul Escatel, Tax Counsel
Bill Hilson, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether appellants have shown error in respondent’s denial of claimed
deductions and expenses.
Whether appellants have established a basis for abatement of the accuracy-related
penalty.
Appellant’s Exhibit:
Miscellaneous Documents (Exhibit 2.2)
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Runner and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
Alfred M. Humphries and Jill Humphries, 598220
2010, $2,306.42 Claim for Refund
For Appellants:
Alfred Humphries, Taxpayer
For Franchise Tax Board:
Eric Yadao, Tax Counsel
Karen Smith, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether appellants have established reasonable cause to abate the mandatory
electronic payment penalty.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
Antonio Gallo, 595225
2001, $3,430.00 Tax, $286.74 Post-Amnesty Penalty
For Appellant:
Antonio Gallo, Taxpayer
Kelly Ballestér, Representative
For Franchise Tax Board:
Eric Yadao, Tax Counsel
Karen Smith, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether appellant has established error in respondent’s proposed assessment
which was based on a federal assessment.
Whether appellant is entitled to interest abatement.
Whether the Board has jurisdiction to review the proposed post-amnesty penalty.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
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Richard A. Hall, 533898
2003, $157,185.00 Assessment
For Appellant:
For Franchise Tax Board:
A. Lavar Taylor, Attorney
Leah Thyberg, Tax Counsel
Michael Cornez, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether appellant has established that a $1,476,000 distribution to appellant
from appellant’s partnership was a bona fide loan.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
Gabriel Rufus and Shirley Rufus, 599989
2006, $24,120.00 Tax, $4,824.00 Accuracy-Related Penalty
For Appellants:
Gabriel Rufus, Taxpayer
Gary Slavett, Attorney
For Franchise Tax Board:
Sonia Deshmukh, Tax Counsel
Michael Cornez, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether appellants have established error in the Franchise Tax Board’s (FTB or
respondent) assessment, which is based on a federal audit adjustment.
Whether the accuracy-related penalty should be abated.
Anthony Epolite, Tax Counsel IV, Appeals Division, Legal Department, stated
for the record that the Franchise Tax Board conceded to an additional $7,728 Mortgage Interest
Deduction.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
The Board recessed at 4:32 p.m. and reconvened at 4:46 p.m. with Mr. Horton,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel present.
Cornelis A. Van Diepen, 560406
2006, $1,705.00 Tax, $426.25 Late Filing Penalty
For Appellant:
Cornelis Van Diepen, Taxpayer
For Franchise Tax Board:
Eric Yadao, Tax Counsel
Karen Smith, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether appellant has demonstrated error in the underlying tax assessment.
Whether appellant has shown reasonable cause for abatement of the late filing
penalty.
Whether a frivolous appeal penalty should be imposed.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel absent, the Board
submitted the appeal for decision.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
PUBLIC HEARINGS
Property Taxes – State Assessees’ Presentations on Capitalization Rates and
Other Factors Affecting Values
Ken Thompson, Chief, State Assessed Properties Division, Property and Special
Taxes Department, made introductory remarks regarding 1) the state assessees’ presentation on
capitalization rates and other factors and procedures affecting 2013/14 property values of
California public utilities, railroads, and pipelines; and, 2) private railroad car assessees’
presentations on factors and procedures affecting 2013/14 taxable values of private railroad cars.
Speaker:
Peter W. Michaels, Law Offices of Peter Michaels
LEGAL APPEALS MATTERS, CONSENT
The Board deferred consideration of the following matters: Rafael Eduardo
Delgado and Alexander Orantes, 549061 (AC); Bar Codes Unlimited, Inc., 523577 (FH); and,
Antique Portraiture, Inc., 532576 (AA).
With respect to the Legal Appeals Matters Consent Agenda, upon a single
motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Runner and unanimously carried, Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee,
Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel absent, the Board made the following orders:
Charles W. Stevens, Jr., 484491, 605459 (EA)
10-1-99 to 3-31-02, $1,931.38 Tax, $193.14 Finality Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Gary David Becker, 496519 (UT)
1-14-04, $47,447.36 Tax, $4,785.00 Failure-to-File Penalty, $4,785.00 Finality Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
True Care Medical Supply, 539343 (AA)
4-1-07 to 7-31-09, $21,716.26 Tax, $1,386.19 Negligence Penalty, $785.43 Failure-to-File
Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Rafael Eduardo Delgado and Alexander Orantes, 549061 (AC)
Action:
The Board took no action.
Bar Codes Unlimited, Inc., 523577 (FH)
Action:
The Board took no action.
Rechem International, Inc., 433605 (AP)
7-1-03 to 6-30-06, $4,744.59 Tax
Q.S.M. Enterprise, Inc., 433709 (AP)
10-1-03 to 9-30-06, $69,945.78 Tax
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
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Gustavo De La Rosa, 486211 (AA)
1-1-05 to 3-31-07, $373,972.13 Tax, $37,397.19 Negligence Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Paoli’s Italian Kitchen, Inc., 381891 (AC)
1-1-03 to 12-31-05, $126,325.99 Tax, $31,581.53 Fraud Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Techniform Metal Curving, Inc., 529775 (EH)
7-1-06 to 9-30-09, $157,179.63 Tax, $161.78 Failure-to-File Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Plattinum Boat Works, Inc., 491247 (UT)
12-19-06, $38,813.00 Tax, $3,881.30 Failure-to-File Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Scenario Design, Inc., 533881 (AA)
7-1-05 to 12-31-08, $315,448.25 Tax
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Hien Thu Tran, 525183 (EA)
10-1-8 to 9-30-09, $21,456.00 Tax, $2,145.60 Failure-to-File Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Juan O. Martinez, 556412 (EA)
4-1-06 to 12-31-09, $12,609.55 Tax, $1,260.96 Finality Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Lori A. Lewandowski and David Anthony Lewandowski, 550177 (AR)
10-1-06 to 6-30-09, $2,708.31 Tax, $2,566.18 Negligence Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Antique Portraiture, Inc., 532576 (AA)
Action:
The Board took no action.
Daebak Investment, Inc., 556493 (AA)
5-2-05 to 11-26-07, $43,949.91 Tax, $4,394.99 Finality Penalty, $84.33 Failure to Make Timely
Payment
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
CORPORATE FRANCHISE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAX MATTERS, CONSENT
With respect to the Corporate Franchise and Personal Income Tax Matters
Consent Agenda, upon a single motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously
carried, Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel absent, the
Board made the following orders:
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James W. Fletcher and Lisa M. Fletcher, 604801
2003, $30,175.00 Tax
2005, $269.00 Tax
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Jerome James, 596166
2003, $307,322.00 Assessment
2004, $80,008.00 Assessment
Action:
Modify the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
James Cline and Vera Cline, 578466
2005, $7,751.00 Tax
Action:
Modify the action as conceded by the Franchise Tax Board.
Michael D. Hellman and Kara M. Munro Hellman, 588781
2007, $6,234.00 Claim for Refund
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Gordon R. Kindschi, 594033
2002, $343.75 Claim for Refund
2003, $815.75 Claim for Refund
2004, $366.00 Claim for Refund
2005, $444.75 Claim for Refund
2006, $729.25 Claim for Refund
2007, $335.50 Claim for Refund
2008, $34.00 Claim for Refund
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Richard Krulik, 561672
2008, $6,238.00 Claim for Refund
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Khosrow J. Motamedi, 592901
2007, $5,789.00 Assessment
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Nextgen Web, LLC, 578135
1999-2008, $15,028.00 Claim for Refund
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Keith Ponthieux, 572392
2008, $2,898.00 Tax, $724.50 Late Filing Penalty, $724.50 Notice and Demand Penalty, $100.00
Filing Enforcement Fee
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board and imposed a $5,000.00 frivolous
appeal penalty.
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Priscilla Rodriguez, 589179
2008, $422.00 Tax
Action:
Modify the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Rogelio Rodriguez, 586119
2007, $354.00 Assessment
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
William Tauchar, 573100
2004, $26,052.00 Tax, $2,971.69 Late Filing Penalty
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Trim-Tex, Inc., 536303
2007, $14,702.78 Tax, $3,675.69 Demand Penalty, $2,000.00 Nonqualified Corporation Penalty,
$3,675.69 Late Filing Penalty, $188.00 Filing Enforcement Fee
Action:
Modify the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Christian W. Wilbert and Estate of Ilsa Wilbert (Deceased), 597671
2007, $2,224.00 Assessment
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
SALES AND USE TAX MATTERS, REDETERMINATIONS, DENIALS OF CLAIMS
FOR REFUND AND GRANT-ONE DAY INTEREST RELIEF, CONSENT
With respect to the Sales and Use Tax Matters, Redeterminations, Denials of
Claims for Refund and Grant-One Day Interest Relief, Consent Agenda, upon a single motion of
Mr. Runner, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously carried, Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner
and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Mandel not participating in accordance with Government Code
section 87105 in ASML US, Inc., 675635; Ms. Steel absent, the Board made the following orders:
Stephen J. Hansen, 486259 (UT)
9-25-01 to 9-25-01, $197,149.26
Action:
Approve the redetermination as recommended by staff.
Timothy Allen Prero, 487585 (UT)
9-25-01 to 9-25-01, $197,149.26
Action:
Approve the redetermination as recommended by staff.
Scott Michael Kmety, 624828 (FH)
4-1-06 to 3-31-09, $151,999.10
Action:
Approve the redetermination as recommended by staff.
Rincon Industries, Inc., 604031 (GH)
7-1-08 to 9-30-08, $586,874.02
Action:
Approve the redetermination as recommended by staff.
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GMRI, Inc., 625632 (OH)
1-1-02 to 12-31-04, $133,065.05
Action:
Approve the denial of claim for refund as recommended by staff.
GMRI, Inc., 624783 (OH)
1-1-02 to 12-31-04, $271,517.26
Action:
Approve the denial of claim for refund as recommended by staff.
PA Acquisition Corp., 675647 (OH)
5-1-12 to 6-15-12
Action:
Approve grant-one day interest relief as recommended by staff.
Aeropostale West, Inc., 675630 (OH)
11-1-11 to 11-30-11
Action:
Approve grant-one day interest relief as recommended by staff.
Granite Construction Company, 675643 (GH)
4-1-12 to 6-30-12
Action:
Approve grant-one day interest relief as recommended by staff.
Trader Joe’s Company, 668950 (AP)
7-1-11 to 9-30-11
Action:
Approve grant-one day interest relief as recommended by staff.
Arthur Koroyan, 675633 (DF)
4-1-12 to 4-30-12
Action:
Approve grant-one day interest relief as recommended by staff.
Party City Corporation, 675651 (OH)
5-1-12 to 6-15-12
Action:
Approve grant-one day interest relief as recommended by staff.
ASML US, Inc., 675635 (OH)
5-1-12 to 7-31-12
Action:
Approve grant-one day interest relief as recommended by staff. Ms. Mandel not
participating in accordance with Government Code section 87105.
Process Instruments & Controls, LLC, 675653 (DF)
4-1-12 to 6-30-12
Action:
Approve grant-one day interest relief as recommended by staff.
Hyphenet, Inc., 675645 (FH)
1-1-12 to 4-30-12
Action:
Approve grant-one day interest relief as recommended by staff.
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Brocca, Inc., 675637 (CH)
4-1-12 to 6-30-12
Action:
Approve grant-one day interest relief as recommended by staff.
PA Acquisition Corp., 675649 (OH)
5-1-12 to 6-15-12
Action:
Approve grant-one day interest relief as recommended by staff.
G E K Enterprises, LLC, 675640 (FH)
4-1-12 to 6-30-12
Action:
Approve grant-one day interest relief as recommended by staff.
SALES AND USE TAX MATTERS, CREDITS, CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS,
CONSENT
With respect to the Sales and Use Tax Matters, Credits, Cancellations and
Refunds, Consent Agenda, upon a single motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Runner and
unanimously carried, Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Mandel
not participating in accordance with Government Code section 87105 in Seagate Technology,
LLC, 558351; Ms. Steel absent, the Board made the following orders:
Corjen, Inc., 665547 (FH)
4-1-09 to 6-30-09, $114,162.75
Action:
Approve the credit and cancellation as recommended by staff.
LBS Financial Credit Union, 611754 (EA)
1-1-12 to 6-30-12, $114,131.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Rusnak/Pasadena, 570832 (AP)
1-1-08 to 12-31-11, $206,063.79
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Rusnak/Westlake, 570835 (AR)
1-1-08 to 12-31-11, $167,324.94
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Calportland Company, 601367 (AP)
10-1-05 to 12-31-08, $101,485.97
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
AMVETS Dept. – California Service Foundation, 605543 (FH)
10-1-10 to 9-30-11, $123,676.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
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Newport Corporation, 675510 (EA)
1-1-07 to 12-31-09, $174,216.29
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Magnuson Corporation, 612118 (OH)
4-1-09 to 3-31-12, $150,286.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Coxcom, Inc., 607817 (OH)
4-1-08 to 12-31-10, $1,353,573.47
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Paradise Valley Hospital, 531178 (FH)
1-1-07 to 3-31-07, $590,660.22
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Stanford University Hospital, 570549 (GH)
1-1-08 to 6-30-11, $1,731,564.84
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Inter-State Oil Co., Inc., 626166 (KH)
4-1-12 to 6-30-12, $155,129.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Regents of the University of California, 560151 (JH)
10-1-07 to 12-31-10, $228,893.49
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
VW Credit, Inc., 531401 (OH)
1-1-07 to 9-30-10, $3,827,820.33
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Zenith Insurance Company, 531324 (AC)
1-1-07 to 12-31-10, $181,495.10
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Chrysler, LLC, 649566 (OH)
6-17-11 to 9-17-12, $818,812.47
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Lacerte Software Corporation, 600132 (OH)
4-1-11 to 12-31-11, $1,406,053.50
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
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PNC Equipment Finance, LLC, 605538 (OH)
1-1-11 to 3-31-11, $130,734.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Seagate Technology, LLC, 558351 (GH)
7-1-07 to 6-30-10, $1,748,873.59
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff. Ms. Mandel not participating in
accordance with Government Code section 87105.
EV Group, Inc., 613813 (OH)
7-1-11 to 9-30-11, $160,840.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
J.C. Penney Company, Inc., 605403 (OH)
7-1-06 to 12-31-09, $663,035.11
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Teradyne, Inc., 654998 (OH)
7-1-09 to 12-31-09, $567,707.91
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Arrowhead Central Credit Union, 623749 (EH)
1-1-12 to 9-30-12, $250,199.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, 611719 (EA)
1-1-10 to 6-30-12, $306,111.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Americredit Financial Service, Inc., 633034 (OH)
4-1-12 to 6-30-12, $234,457.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Lobel Financial Corporation, 632989 (EA)
4-1-12 to 6-30-12, $198,347.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
A-L Financial Corp., 609082 (EA)
1-1-12 to 9-30-12, $262,948.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Valencia B. Imports, Inc., 552837 (AR)
7-1-07 to 3-31-11, $147,905.58
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
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Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc., 566549 (BH)
1-1-09 to 8-31-09, $123,413.63
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Harley-Davidson Credit Corp., 611790 (OH)
1-1-12 to 6-30-12, $204,370.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
New Albertsons, Inc., 559118 (OH)
6-2-06 to 6-30-09, $1,974,972.73
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Quality Financial, Inc., 549125 (AC)
7-1-09 to 3-31-10, $153,777.92
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc., 651376 (BH)
9-1-09 to 12-31-10, $277,454.22
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
SPECIAL TAXES MATTERS, RELIEF OF PENALTIES, CONSENT
With respect to the Special Taxes Matters, Relief of Penalties, Consent Agenda,
upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Runner and unanimously carried, Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee
and Mr. Runner voting yes, Ms. Mandel not participating in accordance with Government Code
section 7.9, Ms. Steel absent, the Board made the following order:
Tesoro Refining and Marketing Co., 682019 (STF)
9-1-11 to 9-30-11, $267,925.28
Action:
Approve the relief of penalty as recommended by staff. Ms. Mandel not
participating in accordance with Government Code section 7.9
LEGAL APPEALS MATTERS, ADJUDICATORY
East Coast Foods, Inc., 444779 (AS)
Speaker:
Sam L. White, Clifton Capitol Group
7-1-01 to 6-30-05, $1,349,989.74 Tax, $134,999.02 Negligence Penalty, $46,060.60 Amnesty
Double Negligence Penalty, $52,564.30 Amnesty Interest Penalty
Considered by the Board: April 26, 2012
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Runner and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel absent, the Board
ordered that the mater be submitted for decision to the next day.
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CORPORATE FRANCHISE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAX MATTERS,
ADJUDICATORY
Jimmy A. Prince, 535124
1997, $1,854.00 Tax, $2,156.76 Penalties
1998, $20,539.00 Tax, $15,215.20 Penalties
1999, $13,986.00 Tax, $9,307.51 Penalties
Considered by the Board: March 22, 2011
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Runner and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel absent, the Board
adopted a decision sustaining the modified action of the Franchise Tax Board.
TAX PROGRAM NONAPPEARANCE MATTERS NOT SUBJECT TO CONTRIBUTION
DISCLOSURE STATUTE
OFFER-IN-COMPROMISE RECOMMENDATIONS
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel absent, the Board
approved the Offer in Compromise Recommendations of DMZ Wireless, Inc.; Kimberly Michele
Manko; and, Esmaiel Sorkhpoosh; as recommended by staff.
ADMINISTRATIVE SESSION
ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS, CONSENT
The Board deferred consideration of the following matter to February 28, 2013
for separate discussion: 2013/14 Excise Tax Rate Setting (Fuel Tax Swap).
With respect to the Administrative Matters, Consent Agenda, upon a single
motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried, Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee,
Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel absent, the Board made the following orders:
Action:
Adopt 2013/14 diesel fuel tax rate for interstate users component b as
recommended by staff (Exhibit 2.3).
Action:
Adopt prepayment rate for sales tax on motor vehicle fuel, diesel fuel and jet fuel
as recommended by staff (Exhibit 2.4).
ADOPTION OF BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS AND APPROVAL OF COMMITTEE ACTIONS
Legislative Committee—January 15, 2013
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Runner and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel absent, the Board
approved the Legislative Committee report and the actions therein (Exhibit 2.5).
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Business Taxes Committee—January 15, 2013
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Runner, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel absent, the Board
approved the Business Taxes Committee report and the actions therein (Exhibit 2.6).
OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS
Executive Director’s Report
Cynthia Bridges, Executive Director, made introductory remarks requesting
approval of nominees for the BOE Employee Recognition Award Program.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel absent, the Board
approved the BOE Employee Recognition Award Program nominees (Exhibit 2.7).
Eric Steen, CROS Project Director, provided a report regarding the progress on
the CROS project to replace BOE’s two current tax legacy technology systems.
Todd Gilman, Taxpayer Rights Advocate, Taxpayers' Rights Advocate Office,
presented the Annual Report highlighting Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office accomplishments,
involvement in projects, current issues, and examples of services provided (Exhibit 2.8).
At Mr. Runner’s request, the Board directed staff to provide to the Members the
Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate’s quarterly report that is currently provided to department heads.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF CLOSED SESSION
The Board recessed at 5:29 p.m. and reconvened immediately in closed session
with Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel present.
CLOSED SESSION
The Board met to discuss settlements (Rev. & Tax. Code §§ 6901, 7093.5,
30459.1 and 50156.11) and personnel matters (Gov. Code § 11126(a)).
The Board recessed at 5:32 p.m. and reconvened immediately in open session
with Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel present.
The Board recessed at 5:33 p.m.
The foregoing minutes are adopted by the Board on September 10, 2013.
Note: The following matters were removed from the calendar prior to the meeting: Bret A. Curtis
and Yecenia M. Curtis, 594236; Daniel R. Marcotte, 589131; and, James J. Martin, 574254.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Board met at its offices at 5901 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, at
9:35 a.m., with Mr. Horton, Chairman, Ms. Steel, Vice Chairwoman, Ms. Yee and Mr. Runner
present, Ms. Mandel present on behalf of Mr. Chiang in accordance with Government Code
section 7.9.
FINAL ACTION ON CORPORATE FRANCHISE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAXES
HEARINGS HELD FEBRUARY 26, 2013
Richard B. Pallack, 527752
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board sustained the
action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Brian D. Adler and Cheryl Adler, 601347
Final Action: Ms. Yee moved to allow an additional loss of $525,000 and adjust the accuracy
penalty accordingly. Ms. Yee withdrew the motion.
Upon motion of Mr. Runner, seconded by Ms. Steel and duly carried, Ms. Steel,
Ms. Yee and Mr. Runner voting yes, Ms. Mandel voting no, Mr. Horton abstaining, the Board
reversed the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Alfred M. Humphries and Jill Humphries, 598220
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Steel, seconded by Mr. Runner and duly carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel and Mr. Runner voting yes, Ms. Yee and Ms. Mandel voting no, the Board
reversed the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Christopher Lim, 599567
2002, $655.09 Claim for Refund
Gregory J. Lim and Mya Lim, 599568
2002, $690.15 Claim for Refund
James E. Lim and Melinda Lim, 599575
2002, $2,058.99 Claim for Refund
Paul T. Liu and Christiana Liu, 599583
2002, $635.25 Claim for Refund
For Appellants:
For Franchise Tax Board:
Waived Appearance
Craig Scott, Tax Counsel
Karen Smith, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether an appellant has shown that his/her post-amnesty penalty should be
abated.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board denied the
appeal for lack of jurisdiction.
Antonio Gallo, 595225
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board sustained the
action of the Franchise Tax Board. The Board directed staff to inform the taxpayer of payment
plan options.
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Richard A. Hall, 533898
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and duly carried, Mr. Horton,
Ms. Yee and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel and Mr. Runner voting no, the Board sustained
the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Gabriel Rufus and Shirley Rufus, 599989
Final Action: Upon motion of Mr. Runner, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board reversed the
action of the Franchise Tax Board, and allowed the mortgage interest deduction concession by the
Franchise Tax Board.
Cornelis A. Van Diepen, 560406
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board sustained the
action of the Franchise Tax Board and imposed a $750.00 frivolous appeal penalty.
LEGAL APPEALS MATTERS, ADJUDICATORY
East Coast Foods, Inc., 444779 (AS) (Continued)
7-1-01 to 6-30-05, $1,349,989.74 Tax, $134,999.02 Negligence Penalty, $46,060.60 Amnesty
Double Negligence Penalty, $52,564.30 Amnesty Interest Penalty
Considered by the Board: April 26, 2012
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Runner, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division and that the matter not be
held in abeyance pending the adoption of a summary decision for publication.
SALES AND USE TAX APPEALS HEARINGS
Rafael Wholesale & Distributor, Inc., 530276 (AA)
4-1-06 to 3-31-09, $9,827.17 Tax
For Petitioner:
Rafael Hasbun, Taxpayer
Laura Hasbun, Taxpayer
Jack P. Chaiyakam, Representative
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Cary Huxsoll, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether additional adjustments are warranted to the amount of disallowed
claimed nontaxable sales for resale.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Runner and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be submitted for decision.
The Board recessed at 10:59 a.m. and reconvened at 11:12 a.m. with Mr. Horton,
Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel present.
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Benalex Windows & Doors Corp., 446664 (AA)
7-1-04 to 6-30-07, $619,852.33 Tax, $62,431.61 Negligence Penalty
For Petitioner:
William Chu, Representative
Elliott Speiser, Attorney
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Scott Lambert, Hearing Representative
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether adjustments are warranted to the disallowed claimed and netted
nontaxable sales.
Whether adjustments are warranted to the unreported taxable sales.
Whether petitioner was negligent.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be submitted for decision.
Montana Ave Restaurant, Inc., 495272, 527587 (AS)
4-1-05 to 1-11-09, $120,542.87 Tax, $0.00 Penalty
4-1-05 to 1-11-09, $2,925 Claim for Refund
For Petitioner/Claimant:
Jack A. Srebnik, Taxpayer
Leonard G. Cruz, Attorney
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Erin Dendorfer, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether petitioner is liable as a successor for the unpaid liabilities of 17th Street
Café, Inc.
Whether the claim for refund should be granted.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be submitted for decision.
Richard Festo Bwogi, 514577 (AS)
1-1-05 to 12-31-05, $2,030.40 Tax, $870.18 Negligence Penalty, $870.18 Finality Penalty
For Taxpayer:
Richard F. Bwogi, Taxpayer
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Marc Alviso, Hearing Representative
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether adjustments are warranted to the amount of unreported taxable sales.
Whether taxpayer was negligent.
Whether relief of the finality penalty is warranted.
Whether relief of interest is warranted.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be submitted for decision.
The Board recessed at 1:00 p.m. and reconvened at 2:10 p.m. with Mr. Horton,
Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel present.
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Life Care Home Health & Medical Supplies, Inc., 495335 (AS)
7-1-05 to 6-30-08, $50,270.13 Tax, $5,027.04 Negligence Penalty
For Petitioner:
Shawn Naim, Taxpayer
Joseph Boodaie, Representative
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Marc Alviso, Hearing Representative
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether adjustments are warranted to the audited amount of unreported taxable
sales.
Whether relief under Revenue and Taxation Code section 6596 is warranted.
Whether petitioner was negligent.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be submitted for decision.
AF Services, LLC, 527382, 577082 (AS)
10-1-05 to 12-31-07, $91,416.00 Claim for Refund
For Taxpayer/Claimant:
Ferdinand Alfajora, Representative
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Erin Dendorfer, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether taxpayer filed a timely claim for refund.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be submitted for decision.
FINAL ACTION ON SALES AND USE TAX APPEALS HEARINGS HELD
FEBRUARY 27, 2013
Rafael Wholesale & Distributor, Inc., 530276 (AA)
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and duly carried, Mr. Horton,
Ms. Yee and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel and Mr. Runner voting no, the Board ordered that
the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Benalex Windows & Doors Corp., 446664 (AA)
Final Action: Upon motion of Mr. Runner, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be submitted for decision, granting the petitioner 30 days to file supporting
documents, the Department 30 days to respond, and the Appeals Division 30 days thereafter to
review the parties’ submissions and provide its recommendation to the Board.
Montana Ave Restaurant, Inc., 495272, 527587 (AS)
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
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Jerry Pena, 478061 (EH)
1-1-05 to 9-30-08, $51,673.11 Tax, $5,167.31 Negligence Penalty
For Petitioner:
Waved Appearance
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Scott Lambert, Hearing Representative
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether adjustments are warranted to the unreported taxable sales.
Whether petitioner was negligent.
Deborah Cumins, Business Tax Specialist III, Appeals Division, Legal
Department, advised of the revised recommendation of the Appeals Division to reduce the
measure of tax by approximately $13,095 for an inventory adjustment to use the cost of goods
sold rather than purchases.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be redetermined in accordance with the revised recommendation of the Appeals
Division.
Deanna Robinson Interiors, Inc., 519485 (EA)
4-1-05 to 3-31-08, $0.00 Tax, $21,929.47 Negligence Penalty
For Petitioner:
Waived Appearance
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Marc Alviso, Hearing Representative
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether petitioner was negligent.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Richard Festo Bwogi, 514577 (AS)
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Steel, seconded by Mr. Runner and duly carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel and Mr. Runner voting yes, Ms. Yee and Ms. Mandel voting no, the Board
ordered that the finality penalty be abated if the tax due is paid in full within 30 days of the notice
of the Board’s decision, that the negligence penalty be abated, and that otherwise no further
adjustment be made in the administrative protest as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Life Care Home Health & Medical Supplies, Inc., 495335 (AS)
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Runner and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board rescinded its
prior vote.
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
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AF Services, LLC, 527382, 577082 (AS)
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
no adjustment be made in the administrative protest and that the claim for refund be denied as
recommended by the Appeals Division.
Ms. Steel stated for the record that she would have supported relief of the finality
penalty if not for the statute of limitation.
The Board recessed at 3:44 p.m.
The foregoing minutes are adopted by the Board on September 10, 2013.
Note: The following matters were removed from the calendar prior to the meeting: Edward Louis
Komski, 475346 (EA); and, Safwat Tawadros Salib and Wafaa Salib, 534396 (EH).
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Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Board met at its offices at 5901 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, at
9:44 a.m., with Mr. Horton, Chairman, Ms. Steel, Vice Chairwoman, Ms. Yee and Mr. Runner
present, Ms. Mandel present on behalf of Mr. Chiang in accordance with Government Code
section 7.9.
2011/2012 EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARD PROGRAM
Mr. Horton made introductory remarks regarding the Board of Equalization’s
2011/2012 Employee Recognition Award Program. The Members thanked recipients from the
Southern California and Out of State District Offices for their dedication and commitment to the
organization. They congratulated recipients for their outstanding job performances and for being
exceptional people who have done an exceptional job for the State of California. Cristina Herrera,
Staff Services Manager III, Executive Projects & Services Section, External Affairs Department,
read the names of the award recipients and their achievements into the record.
The Board recessed at 10:17 a.m. and reconvened at 10:45 a.m. with Mr. Horton,
Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel present.
ADMINISTRATIVE SESSION
ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS, CONSENT
Bill Benson, Acting Chief, Research and Statistics Section, Legislative and
Research Division, presented staff’s recommendation for the 2013/14 excise tax rate setting (fuel
tax swap), which was deferred from February 26, 2013 for separate discussion.
At Ms. Yee’s request, the Board directed staff to educate the public regarding the
structure of the price, including turning the chart of data that was provided to the Members into a
visual tool.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and duly carried, Mr. Horton,
Ms. Yee and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel and Mr. Runner voting no, the Board adopted the
2013/14 excise tax rate (fuel tax swap) as recommended by staff (Exhibit 2.9).
Exhibits to these minutes are incorporated by reference.
SALES AND USE TAX APPEALS HEARING
Tri-Signal Integration, Inc., 384478 (AC)
1-1-03 to 6-30-06, $0.00 Tax, $106,006.29 Negligence Penalty, $15,934.39 Failure to File
Penalty
For Petitioner:
Robert McKibben, Representative
Dennis Furden, Representative
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Marc Alviso, Hearing Representative
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether petitioner was negligent.
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Whether relief of the failure to file penalties for 3Q05 and 4Q05 is warranted.
Whether relief of interest is warranted.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Runner and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be submitted for decision.
The Board recessed at 12:50 p.m. and reconvened at 12:58 p.m. with Mr. Horton,
Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel present.
FINAL ACTION ON SALES AND USE TAX APPEALS HEARINGS HELD
FEBRUARY 28, 2013
Francis Stephan Ghosal, 445460, 464724, 468127 (FH)
1-1-05 to 3-31-05, $10,565.97 Tax, $1,056.60 Negligence Penalty
4-1-05 to 6-30-05, $8,243.24 Tax, $824.33 Negligence Penalty
7-1-05 to 12-31-07, $103,698.95 Tax, $10,369.89 Negligence Penalty
For Petitioner:
No Appearance
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Scott Lambert, Hearing Representative
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether further adjustments to the audited understatement of taxable sales are
warranted.
Whether the Department timely issued the notices of determination for the first
quarter 2005 (1Q05) and 2Q05.
Whether petitioner was negligent.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Tri-Signal Integration, Inc., 384478 (AC)
Final Action: Mr. Runner moved to abate the interest in accordance with Revenue and
Taxation Code section 6593.5, and abate the negligence and failure to file penalties. The motion
was seconded by Ms. Steel but no vote was taken.
Mr. Runner moved to abate the interest in accordance with Revenue and
Taxation Code section 6593.5. The motion was seconded by Ms. Steel but failed to carry,
Ms. Steel and Mr. Runner voting yes, Mr. Horton, Ms. Yee and Ms. Mandel voting no.
Upon motion of Mr. Runner, seconded by Ms. Steel and duly carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel and Mr. Runner voting yes, Ms. Yee and Ms. Mandel voting no, the Board
ordered that the negligence penalty be abated.
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the remaining issues of the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
the matter not be held in abeyance pending the adoption of a summary decision for publication.
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T & M Steel Services, Inc., 530730 (EH)
10-1-05 to 9-30-08, $62,894.47 Tax, $6,289.45 Finality Penalty
For Taxpayer:
Waived Appearance
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Cary Huxsoll, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether adjustments are warranted to the amount of disallowed claimed
nontaxable labor.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Runner and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
no adjustment be made in the administrative protest as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Rafael Navarro Martinez, 587802 (AP)
7-1-07 to 6-30-10, $21,281.99 Tax, 2,128.24 Negligence Penalty, $ 1,928.20 Finality Penalty
For Taxpayer:
Waived Appearance
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Scott Lambert, Hearing Representative
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether any adjustments are warranted to the amount of unreported taxable
sales.
Whether taxpayer was negligent.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Runner and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Ms. Yee, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that
no adjustment be made in the administrative protest as recommended by the Appeals Division.
The Board recessed at 1:15 p.m. and reconvened at 1:18 p.m. with Mr. Horton,
Ms. Steel, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel present.
SPECIAL TAXES APPEALS HEARING
Loh Sun International, Inc., Kent La, Nancy La and John La, 480987, 480989, 506428
(STF)
1-1-01 to 6-30-03, $2,049,540.00 Tax, $512,385.00 Fraud Penalty
7-1-03 to 7-31-03, $60,117.00 Tax, $15,029.25 Fraud Penalty
7-1-03 to 7-31-03, $133,110.00 Tax, $33,277.50 Fraud Penalty
For Petitioners:
John La, Taxpayer
Nancy La, Taxpayer
For Property and Special Taxes Department:
Pamela Mash, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether Loh Sun International, Inc., Kent La, Nancy La, and John La operated
as a partnership liable for unreported distributions of cigarettes in California.
Whether adjustments are warranted to the amounts of unreported distributions.
Whether ISOD has supported fraud by clear and convincing evidence.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Yee absent, the Board
ordered that the petition be submitted for decision.
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FINAL ACTION ON SPECIAL TAXES APPEALS HEARING HELD
FEBRUARY 28, 2013
Loh Sun International, Inc., Kent La, Nancy La and John La, 480987, 480989, 506428
(STF)
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Mr. Horton and duly carried,
Mr. Horton, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel voting no, Ms. Yee absent, the
Board ordered that the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Mr. Runner and unanimously carried,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel, Mr. Runner and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Yee absent, the Board
ordered that the matter not be held in abeyance pending the adoption of a summary decision for
publication.
The Board adjourned at 2:00 p.m.
The foregoing minutes are adopted by the Board on September 10, 2013.
Note: The following matter was removed from the calendar prior to the meeting: Stephan
Sardaryan, 533112, 613435 (AS).
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