...

2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION 130

by user

on
Category: Documents
2

views

Report

Comments

Transcript

2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION 130
130
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Tuesday June 15, 2010
The Board met at its offices at 5901 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, at
9:30 a.m., with Ms. Yee, Chairwoman, Mr. Horton, Vice Chair, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel present,
Ms. Mandel present on behalf of Mr. Chiang in accordance with Government Code section 7.9.
CORPORATE FRANCHISE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAXES HEARINGS
Annabell M. Palmer, 467214
2003, $279,523.00 Assessment
For Appellant:
For Franchise Tax Board:
William Swearinger, Attorney
Irina Krasavtseva, Tax Counsel
Michael Cornez, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether the Franchise Tax Board properly disallowed a claimed theft deduction
on appellant’s return for tax year 2003.
Appellant’s Exhibit:
Miscellaneous Documents (Exhibit 6.1)
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
Exhibits are incorporated by reference.
Steven A. McMahon, 479981
2000, $15,421.29 Claim for Refund
2001, $14,395.06 Claim for Refund
For Appellant:
For Franchise Tax Board:
Steven A. McMahon, Taxpayer
Suzanne Small, Tax Counsel
Jozel Brunett, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether appellant's claims for refund are barred by the statute of limitations.
Appellant’s Exhibit:
Appellant's Statement (Exhibit 6.2)
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
Robert M. Newell, Jr. and Judith A. Newell, 506927
Action:
This matter was postponed to the October 2010 meeting.
LEGAL APPEALS MATTERS, CONSENT
The Board deferred consideration of the following matter: David Bergstein,
425117.
With respect to the Legal Appeals Matters Consent Agenda, upon a single
motion of Ms. Steel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried, Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton,
Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board made the following orders:
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
131
Tuesday June 15, 2010
Public Grocers, Inc., 392338 (AP)
10-1-03 to 6-19-06, $202,933.82 Tax, $5,144.19 Failure to File Penalty, $15,561.71 Negligence
Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Universal Management Systems, Inc., 440630 (EA)
7-1-04 to 6-30-07, $56,724.28 Tax, $5,457.48 Finality Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
L & A Wholesale Corporation, 473951 (AC)
7-1-04 to 12-31-07, $228,638.36 Tax, $22,863.83 Negligence Penalty
Alberto Leonardo Cidron and Liliana M. Cidron, 473952 (AC)
1-1-04 to 6-30-04, $30,919.02 Tax, $3,091.90 Negligence Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Osman I. Elbiali, 466864 (AA)
1-1-05 to 8-30-07, $154,570.29 Tax, $15,457.06 Negligence Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Black on Black Motorcars, Inc., 415010 (AS)
10-1-03 to 12-31-03, $362,505.00 Tax, $36,250.50 Negligence Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Eric Miller Schwartzkopf, 330848, 415263 (AS)
7-1-00 to 12-31-04, $18,489.29 Tax, $35,407.71 Negligence Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Donald Goff, 414981 (EH)
2-25-04 to 11-12-04, $75,012.77 Tax, $7,501.30 Failure to File Penalty, $7,501.28 Failure to
Timely Pay Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Alford Label, Inc., 421082 (EA)
1-1-02 to 3-31-05, $40,834.69 Tax
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
David Bergstein, 425117 (AS)
10-1-03 to 9-30-04, $11,898.00 Tax, $8,405.10 Penalties
Action:
The Board took no action.
Gerry Garvin, 407123 (AS)
10-1-04 to 9-12-05, $4,527.10 Failure to File Returns, $4,527.10 Failure to Timely Pay
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
132
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Tuesday June 15, 2010
Michael Anthony Migliaro, 472805 (EA)
1-1-01 to 8-31-04, $26,618.61 Tax, $5,598.57 Penalties
Eirik Coel Orman, 479330 (EA)
1-1-01 to 8-31-04, $26,618.61 Tax, $5,598.57 Penalties
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
T. M. O., Inc., 396038 (AP)
10-1-02 to 9-30-05, $19,305.18 Tax, $1,970.42 Negligence Penalty, $156.41 Amnesty Double
Negligence Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Lidia Lopez, 426825 (AP)
1-1-03 to 12-31-06, $19,878.55 Tax, $1,987.85 Negligence Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Stone International, Inc., 416295 (AR)
7-1-03 to 6-30-06, $357,706.46 Tax
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Sycamore Caterers, Inc., 272349 (AA)
7-1-00 to 6-30-03, $46,021.77 Tax, $00.00 Negligence Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Lifestyle Custom Cycles, LLC, 426169 (EA)
10-1-03 to 9-30-06, $4,200.93 Tax
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Kenneth Jon Sciallo, 393820 (GH)
7-1-03 to 9-30-06, $19,020.95 Tax, $969.86 Negligence Penalty, $932.24 Failure to File Penalty
Action:
Redetermine as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Tariq H. Alsamaan DDS, LLC, 524510 (ET)
November 18, 2009, $344.68 Approximate Value
Action:
Determined that staff properly seized the tobacco products.
Ajay Singh, 521294 (ET)
October 14, 2009, $826.00 Approximate Value
Action:
Determined that staff properly seized the tobacco products.
Ajay Singh, 521287 (ET)
October 14, 2009, $2,920.91 Approximate Value
Action:
Determined that staff properly seized the tobacco products.
Iraj Safapour, 524515 (ET)
September 12, 2009, $65.00 Approximate Value
Action:
Determined that staff properly seized the tobacco products.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
133
Tuesday June 15, 2010
Dave’s Investments, Inc., 524512 (ET)
November 18, 2009, $232.00 Approximate Value
Action:
Determined that staff properly seized the tobacco products.
CORPORATE FRANCHISE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAX MATTERS, CONSENT
The Board deferred consideration of the following matter: Joe L. Santos, 445970.
With respect to the Corporate Franchise and Personal Income Tax Matters
Consent Agenda, upon a single motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously
carried, Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board made
the following orders:
Jason Evers, 485897
2007, $928.00 Assessment
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Frederick M. Fox, 468764
2006, $1,817.00 Tax, $454.25 Late Filing Penalty
Action:
Sustain the modified action of the Franchise Tax Board and impose a $750.00
frivolous appeal penalty.
Kurt M. Geib and Laura A. Geib, 449379
2005, $1,398.00 Assessment
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Gilbert Butler Trust 1985 FBO Melissa Butler, 489488
2007, $14,261.21 Claim for Refund
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Hatfield 4060 Pike Lane Partnership, 402143
2005, $400.00 Claim for Refund
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Andrew Hawkins, 439471
2006, $1,050.00 Claim for Refund
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Yoong S. Lee and Sook Hyun Lee, 449399
2001, $40,589.00 Tax, $2,456.34 Post-Amnesty Penalty
2002, $71,675.00 Tax, $3,474.23 Post-Amnesty Penalty
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Oakwood Capital, LLC, 467798
2006, $1,500.00 Late Filing Penalty, $200.00 Partnership Filing Penalty
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
134
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Tuesday June 15, 2010
Olatunde Okesola, 444261
2006, $241.00 Claim for Refund
Action:
Modify the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Debbie A. Pasillas, 462005
2002, $254.00 Claim for Refund
2003, $330.00 Claim for Refund
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Eddie J. Perkins, 444207
2005, $1,157.00 Assessment
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Colin Hugh Reynolds, 479956
2006, $2,430.00 Tax, $607.50 Late Filing Penalty, $607.50 Notice and Demand Penalty, $122.00
Filing Enforcement Fee
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board and impose a $750.00 frivolous
appeal penalty.
Daniel A. Sandoval, 483611
2005, $572.00 Assessment
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Julie A. Smedley, 461163
2004, $730.00 Assessment
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Nancie Smith and Estate of Harold F. Smith (Deceased), 475413
2005, $108.00 Assessment
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Joel S. Timmons, 483614
2005, $1,698.00 Assessment
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Eugene A. Villanueva, 450969
2003, $728.00 Assessment
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Brett Welker, 445971
2005, $1,277.00 Tax, $319.25 Penalty
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Xinghui Wu, 488871
2007, $1,577.00 Assessment
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
135
Tuesday June 15, 2010
Adalberto Barrios, 433000
2004, $1,225.00 Claim for Refund
Action:
Deny the petition for rehearing.
Richard Courtney, 400993
2002, $1,076.00 Tax, $269.00 Late Filing Penalty, $281.75 Notice and Demand Penalty, $65.19
Post Amnesty Penalty, $125.00 Filing Enforcement Fee
Action:
Deny the petition for rehearing.
Joe L. Santos, 445970
2003, $1,914.00 Tax
Action:
The Board took no action.
HOMEOWNER AND RENTER PROPERTY TAX ASSISTANCE MATTERS, CONSENT
With respect to the Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Assistance Matters
Consent Agenda, upon a single motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously
carried, Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board made
the following orders:
Jane Benjamin (Deceased), 450051
2007, $207.50
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Douglas A. Cantlin, 437578
2007, $340.00
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Leanna Denham, 436625
2007, $347.50
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Armando R. Gaytan, Jr., 436732
2007, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Diane Herman, 426308
2007, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Anneli Hitchcock, 463834
2007, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Georgiana Johnson (Deceased) 431636
2007, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
136
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Tuesday June 15, 2010
David Jones, 458664
2007, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Mari Kalpakchian, 443305
2007, $347.50
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Incarnation Klawitter, 426668
2007, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Spring Lewis, 447802
2006, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Suzanne Mirzoyan, 431250
2007, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Charlotte Ann Moore, 443296
2007, $347.00
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
William Nolan, 422587
2007, $347.50
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Marguerite H. Piarulli, 442461
2006, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Terrance L. Pullum, 448037
2006, $312.00
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Guadalupe Ramirez, 420374
2006, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Shanah Robinson, 449936
2006, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Bennie Smith, 443291
2006, $351.00
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
137
Tuesday June 15, 2010
William Strong, 450010
2006, $347.00
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Joyce J. Thomas, 426208
2007, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Jorge Tobar, 403203
2006, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Milton H. Velasco, 470247
2007, $1.00 or more
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Denise I. Welch, 425212
2007, $320.00
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Linyao Xie, 437910
2005, $347.50
Action:
Sustain the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
SALES AND USE TAX MATTERS, REDETERMINATIONS, AND DENIALS OF
CLAIMS FOR REFUND, CONSENT
With respect to the Sales and Use Tax Matters, Redeterminations, and Denials of
Claims for Refund, Consent Agenda, upon a single motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby
and unanimously carried, Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes,
Ms. Mandel not participating in accordance with Government Code section 87105 Google, Inc.,
415249; in the Board made the following orders:
Pericom Semiconductor Corp., 513065 (GH)
10-1-05 to 9-30-08, $265,059.09
Action:
Approve the redetermination as recommended by staff.
Cloudshield Technologies, Inc., 402952 (GH)
1-1-01 to 6-30-04, $135,970.89
Action:
Approve the redetermination as recommended by staff.
California RSA #4, LP, 479525 (OH)
7-1-02 to 12-31-05, $353,766.45
Action:
Approve the redetermination as recommended by staff.
Container Options, 514078 (EH)
7-1-04 to 3-31-09, $152,671.90
Action:
Approve the redetermination as recommended by staff.
138
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Tuesday June 15, 2010
Castle Knights Aviation, Inc., 435738 (KH)
7-1-04 to 12-31-07, $159,740.00
Action:
Approve the denial of claim for refund as recommended by staff.
Google, Inc., 415249 (GH)
4-1-06 to 9-30-06, $124,797.00
Action:
Approve the denial of claim for refund as recommended by staff. Ms. Mandel not
participating in accordance with Government Code section 87105.
SALES AND USE TAX MATTERS, REFUNDS, CONSENT
With respect to the Sales and Use Tax Matters, Refunds, Consent Agenda, upon a
single motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously carried, Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel not participating in
accordance with Government Code section 87105 in Tyco Electronics Corporation, 523851; and,
Starbucks Corporation, 525347; Ms. Mandel not participating in accordance with Government
Code section 87105 in Tyco Electronics Corporation, 523851; and, ABC, Inc., 435368; the Board
made the following orders:
Fireside Bank, 511344 (CH)
4-1-09 to 12-31-09, $5,610,669.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
T. F. N. Architectural Signage, Inc., 520347 (EA)
1-1-05 to 12-31-08, $258,023.40
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
American Material Mgt. Alliance, Inc., 474056 (EH)
7-1-06 to 6-30-08, $247,723.03
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
NEC Electronics America, Inc., 425396 (GH)
7-1-04 to 9-30-07, $234,488.22
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Tyco Electronics Corporation, 523851 (OH)
1-1-06 to 12-31-08, $183,921.30
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff. Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel not
participating in accordance with Government Code section 87105.
Ivy Hill Corporation, 399623 (OH)
10-1-02 to 12-31-06, $1,763,377.21
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Starbucks Corporation, 525347 (OH)
7-4-05 to 6-29-08, $786,552.83
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff. Ms. Steel not participating in
accordance with Government Code section 87105.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
139
Tuesday June 15, 2010
Banc of America Leasing & Capital, LLC, 519320 (OH)
10-1-99 to 9-30-02, $670,411.84
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Wachovia Dealer Services, Inc., 510890 (EA)
4-1-09 to 6-30-09, $3,132,531.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Los Angeles Times Communications, 504740 (AA)
7-1-06 to 6-30-08, $550,933.90
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Webcraft, LLC, 480146 (OH)
10-1-05 to 9-30-08, $589,345.60
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
ABC, Inc., 435368 (OH)
10-1-99 to 12-31-05, $102,709.03
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff. Ms. Mandel not participating in
accordance with Government Code section 87105.
Mueller Nicholls, Inc., 447882 (CH)
4-1-05 to 12-31-07, $165,437.05
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
United Auto Credit Corporation, 512646 (EA)
4-1-09 to 12-31-09, $194,202.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Pacific Marine Credit Union, 422583 (FH)
1-1-05 to 3-31-05, $308,701.43
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Bombardier Mass Transit Corp., 481254 (AA)
4-1-05 to 3-31-08, $107,014.71
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Carco Group, Inc., 437204 (OH)
6-1-04 to 12-31-08, $254,268.77
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
Pacific Capital Bank N. A., 491587 (GH)
1-1-09 to 3-31-09, $170,887.34
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
1st United Services Credit Union, 509150 (CH)
4-1-09 to 9-30-09, $180,910.00
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
140
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Tuesday June 15, 2010
First City Credit Union, 450747 (AA)
4-1-06 to 12-31-08, $138,049.70
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff.
SPECIAL TAXES MATTERS, REDETERMINATIONS, CONSENT
With respect to the Special Taxes Matters, Redeterminations, Consent Agenda,
upon a single motion of Ms. Steel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried, Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel voting yes, Ms. Mandel not participating in accordance with
Government Code section 7.9, the Board made the following orders:
Progressive Casualty Insurance Co., 254100 (ET)
1-1-02 to 12-31-02, $761,444.77
Action:
Approve the redetermination as recommended by staff. Ms. Mandel not
participating in accordance with Government Code section 7.9.
Progressive Choice Insur. Co., 250602 (ET)
1-1-02 to 12-31-02, $222,417.00
Action:
Approve the redetermination as recommended by staff. Ms. Mandel not
participating in accordance with Government Code section 7.9.
SPECIAL TAXES MATTERS, CREDITS, CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS,
CONSENT
With respect to the Special Taxes Matters, Credits, Cancellations and Refunds,
Consent Agenda, upon a single motion of Ms. Steel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously
carried, Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel voting yes, Ms. Mandel not participating
in accordance with Government Code section 7.9, the Board made the following orders:
Progressive Marathon Ins. Company, 250596 (ET)
1-1-02 to 12-31-02, $407,567.65
Action:
Approve the credit and cancellation as recommended by staff. Ms. Mandel not
participating in accordance with Government Code section 7.9.
National Continental Ins. Company., 250604 (ET)
1-1-02 to 12-31-02, $140,596.83
Action:
Approve the credit and cancellation as recommended by staff. Ms. Mandel not
participating in accordance with Government Code section 7.9.
Progressive West Insurance Company, 252225 (ET)
1-1-02 to 12-31-02, $680,627.66
Action:
Approve the credit and cancellation as recommended by staff. Ms. Mandel not
participating in accordance with Government Code section 7.9.
21st Century Insurance Company, 153478 (ET)
1-1-97 to 12-31-00, $2,387,713.04
Action:
Approve the refund as recommended by staff. Ms. Mandel not participating in
accordance with Government Code section 7.9.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
141
Tuesday June 15, 2010
The Board recessed at 10:53 a.m. and reconvened at 1:33 p.m. with Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel present.
CORPORATE FRANCHISE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAXES HEARINGS
John Harold Kraft, 446023
2003, $7,634.40 Assessment
2004, $7,024.80 Assessment
For Appellant:
For Franchise Tax Board:
John Kraft, Taxpayer
Karen Smith, Tax Counsel
Jozel Brunett, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether appellant has shown that the federal adjustments, upon which the
proposed deficiency assessments are based, are erroneous.
Whether appellant has established reasonable cause for abatement of the
accuracy-related penalties.
Appellant’s Exhibit:
Miscellaneous Documents (Exhibit 6.3)
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Alby, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
The Board recessed at 2:04 p.m. and reconvened at 2:34 p.m. with Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel present.
LaVona D. Shellmire, 510915
2004, $3,770.00 Assessment
For Appellant:
For Franchise Tax Board:
LaVona Shellmire, Taxpayer
Karen Smith, Tax Counsel
Jozel Brunett, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether appellant has demonstrated any error in respondent’s assessment of tax
based on a federal adjustment.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Steel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision, granting the appellant 30 days to submit supporting documents, the Franchise
Tax Board 30 days to respond, and the Appeals Division 30 days thereafter to review the parties’
submissions and provide its recommendation to the Board. The Board further directed the
appellant to provide a copy of any notice from the IRS in this matter to the Appeals Division and
the Franchise Tax Board.
142
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Tuesday June 15, 2010
FINAL ACTION ON CORPORATE FRANCHISE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAXES
HEARINGS HELD JUNE 15, 2010
Annabell M. Palmer, 467214
Final Action: Ms. Alby moved to reverse the action of the Franchise Tax Board. The motion
was seconded by Ms. Steel but failed to carry, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel voting yes, Ms. Yee and
Ms. Mandel voting no, Mr. Horton passing.
Upon motion of Ms. Yee and unanimously carried, Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton,
Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board rescinded its previous motion to grant
the appeal and deferred consideration of the matter to the following day. 1
Steven A. McMahon, 479981
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Alby, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board sustained the
action of the Franchise Tax Board.
John Harold Kraft, 446023
Final Action: Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board sustained the
action of the Franchise Tax Board.
The Board recessed at 3:01 p.m. and reconvened at 3:33 p.m. with Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel present.
PUBLIC HEARINGS
Business Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Hearings
Todd Gilman, Chief, Taxpayers’ Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity
Division, made introductory remarks regarding the Business Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Hearings.
Mr. Gilman read into the record a letter submitted from Abe Golomb, Sales Tax
Reduction Specialists. (Exhibit 6.4.)
Speakers:
Tom Dworkin, Tom Dworkin Associates
William M. Connell, Military Veteran and owner of All American Surf Dog
(Exhibit 6.5)
Regarding Mr. Dworkin’s presentation, Mr. Horton directed staff to educate the
public relative to how tax applies to transactions such as Mr. Dworkin’s.
Ms. Yee stated that she believes Taxpayer Bill of Rights Hearings should be used
to work on the agency's larger policy issues and internal procedural issues and not limit the scope
of discussions to individual examples. Ms. Yee then directed Mr. Gilman to do the following:
1
See page 144 of these minutes.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
143
Tuesday June 15, 2010
1) Regarding Mr. Dworkin’s presentation: provide Members with historical
context relative to the laws and regulations related to Mr. Dworkin’s issues.
2) Regarding Mr. Connell’s presentation: investigate the feasibility of pursuing
subsequent legislation that would make existing legislation enacted per SB 809 (stats.
2009) retroactive; provide assistance regarding how to file a claim with the California
Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board; provide assistance regarding
information about federal economic stimulus funds available to veterans; provide
information on financial assistance available through the California Department of
Veterans Affairs; and, to be a single point of contact for pursuing any other opportunities
for Mr. Connell and similarly situated veterans to access any available assistance.
3) Regarding Mr. Golomb’s submission: work with Sales and Use Tax
Department staff to develop higher level consistent guidance to BOE District staff related
to the current economic downturn relative to consideration of taxpayers' requests for
payment plans that does not necessarily require a “one size fits all” approach, but might
include a checklist of factors to consider.
Ms. Alby made complementary remarks and thanked Mr. Gilman and his staff
for their exceptional work.
Property Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Hearings
Todd Gilman, Chief, Taxpayers’ Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity
Division, made introductory remarks regarding the Property Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Hearings.
Speakers were invited to address the Board, but there were none.
The Board adjourned at 4:24 p.m.
The foregoing minutes are adopted by the Board on September 15, 2010.
Note: The following matters were removed from the calendar prior to the meeting: Charles E.
Grays II, 464314; Harold T. Riggs, Jr., 449373, 474423, 504746; Edmund (Chad) Siva
(Deceased), 384247, 390860, 401330, 401331, 481024; Wayne L. Hause and Kelly R. Hause,
467603; and, Steven T. Waltner and Sarah V. Waltner, 468742.
144
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The Board met at its offices at 5901 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, at
9:33 a.m., with Ms. Yee, Chairwoman, Mr. Horton, Vice Chair, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel 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
HEARING HELD JUNE 15, 2010
Annabell M. Palmer, 467214 (continued)
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Alby, seconded by Ms. Steel and duly carried, Mr. Horton,
Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Yee voting no, the Board reversed the
action of the Franchise Tax Board.
CORPORATE FRANCHISE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAXES HEARINGS
Ronald N. Frazar and Jane A. Frazar, 494349
2005, $231,226 Assessment
2006, $236,238 Assessment
Marilyn Barrett, Attorney
For Appellant:
Tom Perlowski, Representative
For Franchise Tax Board:
Natasha Page, Tax Counsel
Terry Collins, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether respondent properly determined that nonresident appellants were subject
to income tax on installment income from a sale of stock and real property that occurred in
California in a prior year when appellants were residents of California.
Appellant’s Exhibit:
Miscellaneous Documents (Exhibit 6.6)
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
Exhibits are incorporated by reference.
David Lail and Karen Lail, 439458
2000, $227,024.00 Tax, $17,024.00 Post-Amnesty Penalty
For Appellant:
David Lail, Taxpayer
Christopher Manes, Attorney
Michael Davis, Witness
For Franchise Tax Board:
Natasha Page, Tax Counsel
Terry Collins, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether income in the amount of approximately $8.8 million received by
appellants in 2000 should be classified as wages or royalties.
Whether the Board has jurisdiction to abate the post-amnesty penalty.
Appellant’s Exhibit:
Miscellaneous Documents (Exhibit 6.7)
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
145
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Elisabeth Bossingham, 486595
2000, $6,480.00 Tax, $1,620.00 Late Filing Penalty
2001, $13,117.00 Tax, $3,279.25 Late Filing Penalty
2002, $10,031.00 Tax, $2,507.75 Late Filing Penalty
2003, $11,399.00 Tax, $2,849.75 Late Filing Penalty
2004, $11,198.00 Tax, $2,799.50 Late Filing Penalty
2005, $9,211.00, Tax, $2,302.75 Late Filing Penalty
For Appellant:
Brett Bossingham, Representative
For Franchise Tax Board:
Suzanne Small, Tax Counsel
Jozel Brunett, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether appellant has demonstrated error in the underlying tax assessments.
Whether appellant has shown reasonable cause for abatement of the late filing
penalties imposed for each of the appeal years.
Whether the Board should impose a frivolous appeal penalty.
Appellant’s Exhibit:
Miscellaneous Documents (Exhibit 6.8)
Respondent’s Exhibit: Internal Revenue Service Wage and Income Transcripts for the 20002005 tax years (Exhibit 6.9)
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
The Board recessed at 11:45 a.m. and reconvened at 1:33 p.m. with Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel present.
Hendrika Bouwmeester, 490302
2006, $975 Claim for Refund
For Appellant:
For Franchise Tax Board:
Peter Kwok, Representative
Karen Smith, Tax Counsel
Jean Cramer, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether appellant has shown the late filing penalty imposed by respondent
should be abated.
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
Richard J. Epping and Lisa R. Epping, 483846
Action:
This matter was dismissed.
Robert M. Miller, 449286
2000, $4,291.69 Assessment
For Appellant:
For Franchise Tax Board:
Robert M. Miller, Taxpayer
Alexander Yen, Representative
Jozel Brunett, Tax Counsel
Jean Cramer, Tax Counsel
146
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether appellant’s claim for refund is barred by the statute of limitations.
Appellant’s Exhibit:
Miscellaneous Documents (Exhibit 6.10)
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
Clinton T. Bookmyer, 492771
2007, $1,160.00 Assessment
For Appellant:
Clint Bookmyer, Taxpayer
Peter Kwok, Representative
For Franchise Tax Board:
Jean Cramer, Tax Counsel
Jozel Brunett, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether appellant is entitled to head of household filing status for 2007.
Appellant’s Exhibit:
Miscellaneous Documents (Exhibit 6.11)
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Alby abstaining, the Board
submitted the appeal for decision and deferred consideration of the matter with direction to the
Franchise Tax Board to work with appellant to determine if relevant court documentation or
records can be obtained and direction to the Appeals Division to track the matter and bring it back
to the Board.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENT
Ms. Yee, on behalf of the Board, extended congratulations and best wishes to
Jean Cramer, Tax Counsel, Franchise Tax Board, on her retirement, and expressed appreciation
for her service before the Board of Equalization and to the State of California.
CORPORATE FRANCHISE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAXES HEARINGS
Gary Laub, 468084
2000, $5,816.00 Claim for Refund
For Appellant:
Gary Laub, Taxpayer
Peymon Mottahedeh, Representative
For Franchise Tax Board:
Suzanne Small, Tax Counsel
Karen Smith, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether appellant’s claim for refund is barred by the statute of limitations.
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
147
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Armadillo Trading Co., Inc., 488037
2002, $18,299.17 Tax, $4,574.79 Late Filing Penalty
For Appellant:
Edward Ferrer, Taxpayer
Dudley M. Lang, Attorney
For Franchise Tax Board:
Sean Sullivan, Tax Counsel
Ron Hofsdal, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether appellant has satisfied its burden of proving that the debts at issue
became worthless in 2002.
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
Rick Burningham, 469765
2006, $2,655.00 Tax, $663.75 Late Filing Penalty, $1,202.75 Demand Penalty
Arturo Cueva, 487046
2006, $1,329.00 Tax, $332.25 Late Filing Penalty, $332.25 Demand Penalty
Karl Eisenhammer, 476721
2006, $4,978.00 Tax, $1,244.50 Late Filing Penalty, $1,845.25 Demand Penalty
Randolph Frodsham, 474115
2006, $2,774.00 Tax, $693.50 Late Filing Penalty, $693.50 Demand Penalty
Carol Grant, 487068
2006, $1,681.00 Tax, $420.25 Late Filing Penalty, $420.25 Demand Penalty
Richard Grant, 487065
2006, $5,881.00 Tax, $1,470.25 Late Filing Penalty, $1,470.25 Demand Penalty
Christopher Gyorgy, 476765
2005, $10,554.00 Tax, $2,638.50 Late Filing Penalty, $3,547.00 Demand Penalty
Demeris Parks, 476896, 482907
2004, $3,445.00 Tax, $861.25 Late Filing Penalty, $861.25 Demand Penalty
2006, $3,760.00 Tax, $940.00 Late Filing Penalty, $940.00 Demand Penalty
Dan Pickell, 477221, 487503, 488194, 488195, 488196
2002, $9,745.00 Tax, $2,436.25 Late Filing Penalty, $590.44 Proposed Post-Amnesty Penalty
2006, $5,434.00 Tax, $1,358.50 Late Filing Penalty, $1,358.50 Demand Penalty
2000, $11,438.00 Tax, $2,859.50 Late Filing Penalty, $3,141.00 Demand Penalty, $1,928.57
Proposed Post-Amnesty Penalty
2001, $13,496.00 Tax, $3,374.00 Late Filing Penalty, $3,374.00 Demand Penalty, $1,410.30
Proposed Post-Amnesty Penalty
2003, $12,849.00 Tax, $3,212.25 Late Filing Penalty, $3,212.25 Demand Penalty
Jintau Two, 480043
2006, $12,762.00 Tax, $3,190.50 Late Filing Penalty, $3,190.50 Demand Penalty
Anthony Wiest, 482498
2006, $9,433 Tax, $2,358.25 Late Filing Penalty, $2,358.25 Demand Penalty
For Appellants:
Peymon Mottahedeh, Representative
Marci Kline, Representative
148
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
For Franchise Tax Board:
Suzanne Small, Tax Counsel
Karen Smith, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether an appellant has demonstrated error in his or her respective tax
assessment(s).
If a notice and demand penalty (demand penalty) and/or a late filing penalty was
imposed by the FTB in a particular appeal, whether there is reasonable cause for the appellant’s
failure to file upon the FTB’s demand and/or failure to file a timely return.
If a filing enforcement fee was imposed by the FTB in a particular appeal,
whether we can grant relief from the filing enforcement fee.
Whether the Board has jurisdiction to consider any post-amnesty penalties.
Whether the Board should impose a frivolous appeal penalty (or penalties) on a
particular appellant.
Appellant’s Exhibit:
Miscellaneous Documents (Exhibit 6.12)
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board submitted the
appeal for decision.
The Board recessed at 3:51 p.m. and reconvened at 4:09 p.m. with Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel present.
SALES AND USE TAX APPEALS HEARING
Jing Shen, 424037 (EA)
8-26-96 to 12-31-00, $16,496.87 Tax, $3,387.04 Penalty
For Petitioner:
John O. Kent, Attorney
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Chris Schutz, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether petitioner is personally liable as a responsible person for the unpaid
liabilities of Netrue Communications, Inc. (Netrue).
Whether the penalties assessed against Netrue that were carried over and
imposed against petitioner should be deleted.
Whether interest should be relieved.
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be submitted for decision.
The Board recessed at 4:58 p.m. and reconvened at 5:06 p.m. with Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel present.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
149
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
FINAL ACTION ON CORPORATE FRANCHISE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAXES
HEARINGS HELD JUNE 16, 2010
Ronald N. Frazar and Jane A. Frazar, 494349
Final Action: Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Mandel and duly carried, Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel voting no, the Board sustained
the action of the Franchise Tax Board.
David Lail and Karen Lail, 439458
Final Action: Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board sustained the
action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Elisabeth Bossingham, 486595
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Alby, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board sustained the
action of the Franchise Tax Board and imposed a $1,500.00 frivolous appeal penalty to be
apportioned equally among the years on appeal.
Hendrika Bouwmeester, 490302
Final Action: Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board sustained the
action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Robert M. Miller, 449286
Final Action: Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board sustained the
action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Gary Laub, 468084
Final Action: Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board sustained the
action of the Franchise Tax Board.
Armadillo Trading Co., Inc., 488037
Final Action: Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board sustained the
action of the Franchise Tax Board.
150
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Rick Burningham, 469765
Arturo Cueva, 487046
Karl Eisenhammer, 476721
Randolph Frodsham, 474115
Carol Grant, 487068
Richard Grant, 487065
Christopher Gyorgy, 476765
Demeris Parks, 476896, 482907
Dan Pickell, 477221, 487503, 488194, 488195, 488196
Jintau Two, 480043
Anthony Wiest, 482498
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board sustained the
actions of the Franchise Tax Board with concessions and imposed frivolous appeal penalties as
recommended by staff. Those frivolous appeal penalties are as follows: Rick Burningham,
469765, $5,000; Arturo Cueva, 487046, $5,000; Karl Eisenhammer, 476721, $2,500; Randolph
Frodsham, 474115, $750; Carol Grant, 487068, $5,000; Richard Grant, 487065, $5,000;
Christopher Gyorgy, 476765, $5,000; Demeris Parks, 482907 and 476896, $375 each; Dan
Pickell, 477221, 487503, 488194, 488195 and 488196, $500 each; Jintau Two, 480043, $5,000;
and, Anthony Wiest, 482498, $750.
FINAL ACTION ON SALES AND USE TAX APPEALS HEARING HELD
JUNE 16, 2010
Jing Shen, 424037 (EA)
Final Action: Ms. Steel moved to grant the petition for the period January 1997 to August 1998
and that the petition otherwise be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division. The
motion was seconded by Ms. Alby but failed to carry, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel voting yes,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton and Ms. Mandel voting no.
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Ms. Yee and duly carried, Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel voting no, the Board ordered that
the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
The Board adjourned at 5:33 p.m.
The foregoing minutes are adopted by the Board on September 15, 2010.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
151
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The Board met at its offices at 5901 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, at
9:33 a.m., with Ms. Yee, Chairwoman, Mr. Horton, Vice Chair, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel present,
Ms. Mandel present on behalf of Mr. Chiang in accordance with Government Code section 7.9.
SALES AND USE TAX APPEALS HEARINGS
Medison America, Inc., 417171 (EA)
4-1-03 to 3-31-06, $6,394.52 Tax
For Petitioner:
Anthony Robert De Palma, Representative
Victoria L. Murphy, Representative
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Chris Schutz, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether the use of equipment withdrawn from resale inventory for training
purposes is taxable, and if so, whether the audited measure of tax is excessive.
David H. Levine, Counsel, Appeals Division, Legal Department, advised of the
revised recommendation of the Appeals Division to reduce the measure of tax due on the use, for
training purposes, of resale inventory equipment to the average daily fair rental value of $125,
which would reduce the measure of tax on this use to $55,750.
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be submitted for decision.
Saddleback Recreational Vehicles, 379945 (EH)
1-1-03 to 12-31-05, $123,068.62 Tax
For Petitioner:
Michael Sebastian, Taxpayer
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Andrew Kwee, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether adjustments are warranted to the disallowed claimed exempt sales in
interstate commerce.
David H. Levine, Counsel, Appeals Division, Legal Department, advised of the
revised recommendation of the Appeals Division to remove the Rath and Tobler sales from the
deficiency because those two sales occurred to non-residents outside California.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be submitted for decision.
Mokhim Rasooli and Malak Sajedeh, 432459 (AC)
10-01-03 to 9-30-06, $18,712.64 Tax, $1,871.29 Negligence Penalty
For Petitioner:
Mokhim Rasooli, Taxpayer
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 audited amount of unreported sales.
Whether petitioner was negligent.
152
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be submitted for decision.
Maherali, Inc., 343758 (KH)
4-1-02 to 3-31-05, $9,786.62 Tax, 00.00 Penalty
For Petitioner:
Sukhjinder Singh Gill, Taxpayer
Indervir Randhawa, Representative
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Scott Lambert, Hearing Representative
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether further adjustments are warranted.
Action:
The Board directed staff to confer with the taxpayer and deferred consideration
of the matter to later in the day.
Thomas International Home Furnishings, 425486 (AS)
10-1-03 to 9-30-06, $35,157.95 Tax
For Petitioner:
Meher "Mike" Ohanessian, Representative
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 audited amount of disallowed claimed
nontaxable transportation charges.
Whether petitioner has established that its failure to report tax on its
transportation charges was due to its reasonable reliance on advice provided by the Board.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be submitted for decision.
The Board recessed at 12:35 p.m. and reconvened at 1:37 p.m. with Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel present.
Maherali, Inc., 343758 (KH) (continued)
David H. Levine, Counsel, Appeals Division, Legal Department, reported that
staff met with the taxpayer who indicated that he had no additional evidence to provide that staff
had not already reviewed.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Steel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel 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 with additional time if needed to respond, and the Appeals Division
30 days thereafter to review the parties’ submissions and provide its recommendation to the
Board.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
153
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Melody Arya Husaini and Bahram Arya Husaini, 415086 (AC)
Chra Fasl Cusine Restaurant, Inc., 418856 (AC)
Char Fasl Restaurant, Inc., 418861 (AC)
Bahram Arya Husaini, 418864 (AC)
Melody Arya Husaini, 418867 (AC)
4-1-03 to 6-30-06, $00.00 Tax, $28,904.71 Fraud Penalty
9-9-05 to 6-30-06, $00.00 Tax, $14,575.02 Fraud Penalty
4-1-03 to 11-30-05, $00.00 Tax, $17,235.72 Fraud Penalty
For Petitioner:
Melody Arya Husaini, Taxpayer
Bahram Arya, Taxpayer
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Scott Lambert, Hearing Representative
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether the understatement was the result of fraud or intent to evade the tax.
Action:
The Board postponed the matter to the October 2010 meeting in Culver City.
D & H Service Station, 435924 (EA)
4-1-04 to 3-31-07, $80,006.59 Tax, $25,114.26 Negligence Penalty
For Petitioner:
Joyce Cheng, Representative
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 amount of unreported taxable sales
based on an examination of daily sales reports.
Whether adjustments are warranted to the audited amount of disallowed recorded
nontaxable sales related to repair labor and referral fees.
Whether petitioner was negligent.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Steel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel 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.
LJ Corporation, 478296 (AA)
1-1-05 to 4-16-08, $137,726.72 Tax, $13,772.73 Negligence Penalty
For Petitioner:
Martin Lin, Taxpayer
Asam Han, Representative
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 audited amount of unreported sales.
Whether petitioner was negligent.
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Steel and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be submitted for decision.
154
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Kamal F. Batech and Wafaa Elias Batech, 406741 (EH)
7-1-02 to 12-31-05, $47,264.95 Tax, $14,369.00 Penalty
For Petitioner:
Nate Green, Representative
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 audited understatement of reported
sales.
Whether the rebates petitioner received from cigarette manufacturers represent
gross receipts subject to tax.
Whether petitioner was negligent.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be submitted for decision.
The Board recessed at 3:18 p.m. and reconvened at 3:38 p.m. with Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel present.
J & L Phang, Inc., 443371 (AP)
7-1-03 to 6-30-06, $92,005.40 Tax, $9,247.64 Negligence Penalty
For Petitioner:
Shau Tang Chen, Representative
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 audited understatement of reported
taxable sales.
Whether petitioner was negligent.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Steel, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered the
happy hour percentage increased to 36 percent and the petition otherwise redetermined as
recommended by the Appeals Division.
FINAL ACTION ON SALES AND USE TAX APPEALS HEARINGS HELD
JUNE 17, 2010
Medison America, Inc., 417171 (EA)
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be redetermined in accordance with the revised recommendation of the Appeals Division.
Saddleback Recreational Vehicles, 379945 (EH)
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Steel, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered the
MacNab sale removed from the deficiency because it occurred outside California to a nonresident, and the petition otherwise redetermined in accordance with the revised recommendation
of the Appeals Division.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
155
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Mokhim Rasooli and Malak Sajedeh, 432459 (AC)
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Steel, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered the
taxable ratio reduced to 78.99 percent and an allowance for self consumption of $10 per day, and
the petition otherwise redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Thomas International Home Furnishings, 425486 (AS)
Final Action: Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Mandel and duly carried, Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel voting no, the Board ordered that
the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
SALES AND USE TAX APPEALS HEARING
Chuy's Management Services Fresno, LLC, 341587 (KH)
4-18-98 to 12-31-01, $00.00 Tax, $35,405.98 Fraud Penalty
Carpinteria Chuy's, Inc., 341590 (GH)
10-1-97 to 12-31-01, $00.00 Tax, $18,655.79 Fraud Penalty
Chuy's Management Services Camarillo, 341591 (AR)
1-1-98 to 12-31-01, $00.00 Tax, $49,784.09 Fraud Penalty
Chuys Management Services Stevenson Ranch, LLC, 341592 (AR)
1-1-97 to 12-31-01, $00.00 Tax, $91,060.06 Fraud Penalty
Chuy's Management Services Bakersfield, 341593 (AR)
10-1-98 to 12-31-01, $00.00 Tax, $44,570.40 Fraud Penalty
Chuy's Management Services Thousand Oaks, 341594 (AR)
1-1-98 to 12-31-01, $00.00 Tax, $50,361.95 Fraud Penalty
Jeanine Gayle Stenoien, 341596 (AR)
1-1-95 to 12-31-01, $00.00 Tax, $00.00 Fraud 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 there is clear and convincing evidence of fraud or intent to evade the
tax.
Whether petitioners are entitled to relief from interest.
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
FINAL ACTION ON SALES AND USE TAX APPEALS HEARINGS HELD
JUNE 17, 2010
LJ Corporation, 478296 (AA)
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
156
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Kamal F. Batech and Wafaa Elias Batech, 406741 (EH)
Final Action: Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Alby and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
The Board adjourned at 4:13 p.m.
The foregoing minutes are adopted by the Board on September 15, 2010.
Note: The following matter was removed from the calendar prior to the meeting: Aftershock
Power Boats, Inc., 334423 (EH).
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
157
Friday, June 18, 2010
The Board met at its offices at 5901 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, at
9:33 a.m., with Ms. Yee, Chairwoman, Mr. Horton, Vice Chair, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel present,
Ms. Mandel present on behalf of Mr. Chiang in accordance with Government Code section 7.9.
SPECIAL TAXES APPEALS HEARING
K.A.R.E.N. Oil Company, Inc., 339357 (MT)
10-1-97 to 9-30-05, $120,475.93 Fee, $12,038.87 Failure to Timely Pay Penalty
For Petitioner:
Herzel Michaeli, Taxpayer
Duke L. Peters, Attorney
For Property and Special Taxes Department:
Carolee Johnstone, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether petitioner is liable for the assessed underground storage tank
maintenance fees.
Whether the 10-percent failure-to-pay penalty should be relieved.
Whether interest on the fee liability should be relieved.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be submitted for decision.
Ms. Yee directed staff to work jointly with Cal EPA, if funding issues arise in
regards to the Water Resources Board/Cal EPA database, California Environmental Reporting
System, and to present any such issues to the Board.
Ms. Steel directed staff to more effectively work with taxpayers regarding BOE's
practices, and to work with taxpayers' on a case-by-case basis, specifically providing information
regarding payment plans at the district office level.
The Board recessed at 10:19 a.m. and reconvened at 10:27 a.m. with Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel present.
SALES AND USE TAX APPEALS HEARINGS
Mas N Zul, Inc., 434597 (AR)
4-1-04 to 3-31-07, $26,044.74 Tax
For Petitioner:
Fred Hassan, Taxpayer
Sargis Khaziran, Representative
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Scott Lambert, Hearing Representative
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether adjustments are warranted to the audited amount of unreported sales.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Steel, seconded by Ms. Yee and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel 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.
158
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Friday, June 18, 2010
Jason R. Pridmore, 421508 (UT)
March 2, 2005, $23,991.00 Tax
For Petitioner:
Jason R. Pridmore, Taxpayer
Alessandro Assanti, Attorney
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Andrew Kwee, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether petitioner purchased a recreational vehicle for use in this state.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Alby, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel 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.
The Board recessed at 11:49 a.m. and reconvened at 1:39 p.m. with Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel present.
Zograb Kyababchyan, 472377 (AC)
10-1-04 to 12-31-07, $30,603.05 Tax, $3,069.85 Negligence Penalty, $3,069.79 Finality Penalty
For Petitioner:
Solak Avedissian, Representative
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 audited amount of unreported sales.
Whether taxpayer was negligent.
Whether relief of the finality penalty is warranted.
Whether the claim for refund filed December 10, 2009, should be granted.
Action:
Ms. Steel moved to abate the negligence penalty, uphold the finality penalty,
maintain the taxable ratio of 87.16 percent and average the markup to 37.165 percent. The motion
was seconded by Ms. Alby but failed to carry, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel voting yes, Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton and Ms. Mandel voting no.
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Mandel and duly carried, Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Steel voting no, the Board ordered that
the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Nelly's Market, Inc., 445459 (FH)
1-1-04 to 12-31-06, $21,262.56 Tax, $00.00 Negligence Penalty
For Petitioner:
Zahir "Zack" Romaya, Taxpayer
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Scott Lambert, Hearing Representative
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issue:
Whether adjustments are warranted to the audited amount of unreported taxable
sales.
Action:
Upon motion of Ms. Mandel, seconded by Mr. Horton and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be submitted for decision.
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
159
Friday, June 18, 2010
OTHER CHIEF COUNSEL MATTERS
Request for Authorization to File Amicus Curiae Brief (continued from
May 26, 2010)
Richard Moon, Staff Counsel, Tax and Fee Programs Division, Legal
Department, made introductory remarks regarding staff's request for authorization to file an
amicus curiae brief in the consolidated property tax actions challenging fractionally owned
aircraft taxation statutes, as requested by Santa Barbara County, for the Orange County Superior
Court's consolidation of the following four cases: Netjets Aviation Inc. v. Webster J. Guillory,
Case Number 30-2008-00107805-CU-MC-CJC; Flight Options LLC v. Webster J. Guillory, Case
Number 30-2008-00110932-CU-MC-CJC; CitationShares Management LLC v. Joseph E.
Holland, Santa Barbara County Assessor, Case Number 30-2009-00288116-CU-MC-CJC; and,
Bombardier Aerospace Corp. v. Joseph E. Holland, Santa Barbara County Assessor, Case
Number 30-2009-00303518-CU-MC-CJC.
Speakers:
Robert Quon, Acting Los Angeles Assessor
James Harman, Deputy County Counsel for Orange County Assessor
Marie LaSala, Deputy County Counsel for Santa Barbara County Assessor
Mr. Horton commended Mr. Moon on a fabulous job of representing the Board at
the April 30, 2010 meeting of the California Probate Referee's Association in San Diego.
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Yee and duly carried, Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel voting no, the Board authorized
the filing of an Amicus Curiae Brief as recommended by staff.
ADMINISTRATIVE SESSION
OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS
BOE Board Meeting Start Time
Mr. Horton suggested a new start time for Board meetings in Sacramento to
accommodate travel from Southern California.
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton and unanimously carried, Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton,
Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the first day of
Sacramento Board meetings will be scheduled to convene at 10:00 a.m. beginning with July 2010
as recommended by Mr. Horton.
160
2010 MINUTES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Friday, June 18, 2010
FINAL ACTION ON SPECIAL TAXES APPEALS HEARING HELD JUNE 18, 2010
K.A.R.E.N. Oil Company, Inc., 339357 (MT)
Action:
Ms. Steel moved to uphold the fees as assessed by staff, abate the failure-totimely-pay penalty, and abate the interest that had accrued on the fees that were incurred
beginning January 1, 2001. The motion was seconded by Ms. Alby but failed to carry, Ms. Alby
and Ms. Steel voting yes, Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton and Ms. Mandel voting no.
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Mandel and duly carried, Ms. Yee,
Mr. Horton and Ms. Mandel voting yes, Ms. Alby and Ms. Steel voting no, the Board ordered that
the petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Ms. Yee directed staff to inform the petitioner of the Offer in Compromise
Program.
FINAL ACTION ON SALES AND USE TAX APPEALS HEARINGS HELD
JUNE 18, 2010
Matthew Emerey LaTray, 402632 (AS)
1-1-04 to 6-30-06, $30,266.28 Tax, $3,616.75 Negligence Penalty
For Petitioner:
No Appearance
For Sales and Use Tax Department:
Cary Huxsoll, Tax Counsel
Contribution Disclosures pursuant to Government Code section 15626: None were disclosed.
Issues:
Whether petitioner has established that any of the disallowed claimed sales in
interstate commerce should be allowed as exempt interstate commerce sales.
Whether petitioner has established that any of the disallowed claimed sales for
resale should be allowed as valid sales for resale
Whether petitioner was negligent.
Action:
Upon motion of Mr. Horton, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
Nelly's Market, Inc., 445459 (FH)
Final Action: Upon motion of Ms. Yee, seconded by Ms. Mandel and unanimously carried,
Ms. Yee, Mr. Horton, Ms. Alby, Ms. Steel and Ms. Mandel voting yes, the Board ordered that the
petition be redetermined as recommended by the Appeals Division.
The Board adjourned at 3:57 p.m., in memory of Mary Ann Morgan, who passed
away Monday, June 7, 2010, and was a Tax Technician II in the State-Assessed Properties
Division in her 34th year with the BOE; and, in memory of Todd D. MacMurray, who passed
away Friday, June 11, 2010, and was a Business Taxes Specialist II in the Sales and Use Tax
Department in his 17th year with the BOE.
The foregoing minutes are adopted by the Board on September 15, 2010.
Note: The following matter was removed from the calendar prior to the meeting: Closed Session.
Fly UP