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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
BETTY T. YEE
First District, San Francisco
450 N STREET, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
PO BOX 942879, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 94279-0080
(916) 322-2270 • FAX (916) 324-3984
www.boe.ca.gov
MICHELLE STEEL
Third District, Rolling Hills Estates
JEROME E. HORTON
Fourth District, Los Angeles
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
450 N Street, Room 121, Sacramento
September 14-15, 2010
NOTICE AND AGENDA
Meeting Agenda (as of 8:30 a.m., 09/14/10)
JOHN CHIANG
State Controller
______
BARBARA ALBY
Acting Member
Second District, Sacramento
______
RAMON J. HIRSIG
Executive Director
Agenda Changes
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Board Committee Meetings*
These items are scheduled for Wednesday, September 15, 2010.
10:00 a.m.
Board Meeting Convenes**
Agenda items occur in the order in which they appear on the agenda. When
circumstances warrant, the Board’s Chair may modify the order of the items on the
agenda. Items may be postponed to a subsequent day; however, items will not be
moved to an earlier day.
Board Meeting**
Special Presentations ....................................................................................... Ms. Yee
 Presentation of Retirement Resolutions
•
Randie L. Henry
•
Ramon J. Hirsig
A.
Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Assistance Hearings
There are no items for this matter.
B.
Corporate Franchise and Personal Income Tax Hearings
(Contribution Disclosure forms required pursuant to Gov. Code § 15626.)
B1.
James N. Smith, 510914 +
For Appellant:
James N. Smith, Taxpayer
Charles E. Smith, Jr., Attorney
For Franchise Tax Board: Jane Perez, Tax Counsel
Suzanne Small, Tax Counsel
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
B2.
Douglas Gail Hufnagel and Robyn Hufnagel, 510017 +
For Appellant:
Douglas Hufnagel, Taxpayer
Dale Hoppes, Representative
For Franchise Tax Board: Suzanne Small, Tax Counsel
Marguerite Mosnier, Tax Counsel
B3.
Sophia A. Dority, 506726 +
For Appellant:
Sophia A. Dority, Taxpayer
For Franchise Tax Board: Diane Ewing, Tax Counsel
Kathleen Cooke, Tax Counsel
B4.
Teresa Benjamin, 487973 +
For Appellant:
Jeff Johnston, Representative
For Franchise Tax Board: Marguerite Mosnier, Tax Counsel
Suzanne Small, Tax Counsel
C.
Sales and Use Tax Appeals Hearings
These items are scheduled for the afternoon session and for Wednesday,
September 15, 2010.
D.
Special Taxes Appeals Hearings
These items are scheduled for Wednesday, September 15, 2010.
There are no items for the following matters:
E.
Property Tax Appeals Hearing
F.
Public Hearings
G.
Tax Program Nonappearance Matters – Consent
(Contribution Disclosure forms not required pursuant to Gov. Code § 15626.)
G1.
Legal Appeals Matters .................................................................... Ms. Kim
 Hearing Notices Sent – No Response
1. Sermed Hanna, 458269 (KH)
2. J. J. Re-Bar Corporation, 439385 (KH)
 Hearing Notices Sent – Appearance Waived
3. Greg Childress, Inc., 415437 (UT)
4. Paramount Disc Manufacturing, Inc., 492202 (EA)
 Petitions for Release of Seized Property
5. Khaled W. Zakher, 532992 (ET)
6. Chi Linh Do, 530886 (ET)
G2.
Franchise and Income Tax Matters ............................................... Ms. Kelly
 Hearing Notice Sent – No Response
1. Lynn Figone (Gallagher), 479637
 Decisions
2. Christopher Barker, 461542
3. James Bertuzzi and Kristine Bertuzzi, 459767
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
4. Ronald A. Brown, 493197
5. Bradley S. Doland, 507702
6. Katherine J. Dunn, 496110
7. Alma Leticia Garcia, 504669
8. Beth-Ann Kozlovich and Jeff Kozlovich, 419987
9. Dean R. Lewinson and Mary K. Quinn Lewinson, 489727
10. Martha S. Milicich, 422550
11. Yina Nunez, 473874
12. Ravindranath Patel, MD and Naina Patel, 467727
13. Jonathan B. Ryder, 476244
14. Leonard Shlain (Deceased) and Ina Gyemant, 485102
15. Lonalee Virgo, 506900
 Petitions for Rehearing
16. Daniel L. Mahnke, 473875
17. Frank Martin, 489367
18. Darrell L. Rich, 462017
19. Clovus M. Sykes, 492696, 492702
G3.
Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Assistance Matters ............ Ms. Kelly
 Decisions
1. Yolanda Biggs, 425550
2. Astrid Hilo, 449844
3. Denna Hornesby, 472836
4. David P. Jason II, 423016
5. Vu C. Luong, 445403
6. Elfriede Maitland, 485635
7. Ranasee Maldonado, 443875
8. Judith A. Manko, 444489
9. Gilma Martinez, 445538
10. Linda Mondragon, 484950
11. Gregory W. Petersen, 426152
12. Earnest Robinson III, 440641
13. Eduardo Rodriguez, 426186
14. Denise A. Sherwood, 436035
15. Kimberly A. Van Vorst, 450024
16. Betty J. Wilson, 404993
G4.
Sales and Use Taxes Matters ...................................................... Ms. Henry
 Redeterminations
1. Horiba/Stec Incorporated, 520562 (GH)
2. Roberto Jourdain, 439351 (FH)
3. Explorer, LLC, 400371 (FH)
4. Tellabs North America, Inc., 493859 (OH)
5. Caplugs, LLC, 265927 (OH)
 Relief of Penalty/Interest
6. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., 534309 (OH)
7. Tesoro West Coast Company, LLC, 534321 (OH)
8. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co. of SF, 534315 (CH)
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
 Denials of Claims for Refund
9. Sharp Electronics Corp., 467812 (OH)
10. Flextronics Int’l USA, Inc., 504754 (GH)
 Denials of Relief of Penalty/Interest
11. Easy Life Furniture, Inc., 535398 (EA)
G5.
Sales and Use Taxes Matters – Credits, Cancellations,
and Refunds ................................................................................ Ms. Henry
 Refunds
1. Genuine Parts Company, 476502 (OH)
2. City of Long Beach, 487853 (EA)
3. Target Corporation, 465794 (OH)
4. UnionBancal Corporation, 430137 (BH)
5. Autobahn, Inc., 468839 (BH)
6. Professional Hospital Supply, Inc., 524606 (EH)
7. Varian Medical Systems, Inc., 531503 (GH)
8. Hunt & Sons, Inc., 493628 (KH)
9. The Golden 1 Credit Union, 519478 (KH)
10. Idearc Media Services-West, Inc., 535820 (OH)
11. Louis Vuitton North America, Inc., 445179 (OH)
12. Juniper Networks (US), Inc., 511342 (GH)
13. General Petroleum Corporation, 483510 (AA)
14. Nestle Waters North America, Inc., 459609 (OH)
15. Flextronics Int’l USA, Inc., 504754 (GH)
16. Coasthills Federal Credit Union, 478187 (GH)
17. Balboa Thrift & Loan Association, 520168 (FH)
18. Top Auto Finance, Inc., 437892 (AC)
19. Premier America Credit Union, 520568 (AC)
20. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., 462799 (OH)
21. Jungheinrich Lift Truck, 476665 (OH)
G6.
Special Taxes Matters
There are no items for this matter.
G7.
Special Taxes Matters – Credits, Cancellations,
and Refunds ................................................................................... Mr. Gau
 Refunds
1. Thrifty Payless, Inc., 491285 (ET)
2. Fidelity National Prop & Cas Ins, 535155 (ET) ‘CF’
There are no items for the following matters:
G8. Property Tax Matters
G9. Cigarette License Fee Matters
G10. Legal Appeals Property Tax Matters
Page 4 of 13
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
H.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
Tax Program Nonappearance Matters – Adjudicatory
(Contribution Disclosure forms required pursuant to Gov. Code § 15626.)
H1.
Legal Appeals Matters ................................................................... Ms. Chiu
 Petitions for Release of Seized Property
1. Kil Hwan Chang and Myong Jo Chang, 474045 (ET) +
H2.
Franchise and Income Tax Matters ............................................... Ms. Kelly
 Decisions
1. Harvinder Singh Pahal and Satvinder Kaur, 487053
 Cases Heard Not Decided
2. Noel Yi and Meiling Yi, 479854
There are no items for the following matters:
H3. Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Assistance Matters
H4. Sales and Use Taxes Matters
H5.
Sales and Use Taxes Matters – Credits, Cancellations,
and Refunds ................................................................................ Ms. Henry
 Credits and Cancellations
1. Cipriano Espino Salazar, 536110 (AC)
There are no items for the following matters:
H6. Special Taxes Matters
H7. Special Taxes Matters – Credits, Cancellations, and Refunds
H8. Property Tax Matters
H9. Cigarette License Fee Matters
H10. Legal Appeals Property Tax Matters
I.
Tax Program Nonappearance Matters
There are no items for this matter.
Chief Counsel Matters
There are no items for the following matters:
J.
Rulemaking
K.
Business Taxes
L.
Property Taxes
M.
Other Chief Counsel Matters
Administrative Session
The following items are scheduled for Wednesday, September 15, 2010.
N.
Consent Agenda
O.
Adoption of Board Committee Reports and Approval of Committee Actions
P.
Other Administrative Matters
Page 5 of 13
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
Q.
Closed Session
These items are scheduled for Wednesday, September 15, 2010.
1:30 p.m.
C.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
Board Meeting Reconvenes**
Sales and Use Tax Appeals Hearings
(Contribution Disclosure forms required pursuant to Gov. Code § 15626.)
C1.
Janice Groshak Lami, 476370 (BH) +
For Claimant:
Janice Groshak Lami, Taxpayer
Christopher Ong, Representative
For Department:
Cary Huxsoll, Tax Counsel
C2a. The Auto Store of Merced, Inc., 476975, 478614 (KH) +
C2b. Sana Sadeddin, 476973 (KH) +
For Petitioner:
Abdel M. Jawad, Taxpayer
Peter Holtz, Representative
Cynthia Rasho, Witness
For Department:
Scott Lambert, Hearing Representative
C3.
Faramarz S. Razi and Sidig Hamidi, 475347 (CH) +
For Petitioner:
Faramarz S. Razi, Taxpayer
Richard A. Stoll, Attorney
For Department:
Scott Lambert, Hearing Representative
C4.
Ristoranti Piemontesi, Inc., 488832 (BH) + Rescheduled to Wednesday,
September 15, 2010
For Petitioner:
Daniel H. Scherotter, Taxpayer
Eric Potasher, Representative
For Department:
Chris Schutz, Tax Counsel
C5.
Pedotti Livestock, 484288 (UT) +
For Petitioner:
Robert Pedotti, Taxpayer
For Department:
Scott Claremon, Tax Counsel
C6.
Mary Buntz Steel, 450134 (UT) +
For Petitioner:
Mary B. Steel, Taxpayer
For Department:
Andrew Kwee, Tax Counsel
C7.
Community Flavor, LLC, 469262, 483974 (CH) +
For Petitioner:
Erik Miller, Taxpayer
For Department:
Chris Schutz, Tax Counsel
C8.
Fernando Olvera Barragan and Claudia Olvera, 436181 (JH) +
For Petitioner:
Claudia Olvera, Taxpayer
Fernando Olvera, Taxpayer
For Department:
Scott Lambert, Hearing Representative
Page 6 of 13
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
Adjourn - The meeting will reconvene on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at
9:30 a.m.
If you wish to listen to and/or view a live broadcast of the Board meeting, please go to
www.boe.ca.gov and click on Webcast.
If you wish to receive this Notice and Agenda electronically, you can subscribe at
www.boe.ca.gov/agenda.
If you would like specific information regarding items on this Notice and Agenda, please
telephone (916) 322-2270 or e-mail: [email protected] Please be advised that
material containing confidential taxpayer information cannot be publicly disclosed.
The hearing location is accessible to people with disabilities. Please contact Joann
Richmond at (916) 322-1931, or e-mail [email protected] if you require
special assistance.
Diane G. Olson, Chief
Board Proceedings Division
*
Public comment on any committee agenda item will be accepted at the beginning
of the committee meeting.
**
Public comment on any agenda item, other than a Closed Session item or an
item which has already been considered by a Board Committee, will be accepted
at that meeting.
***
Municipalities are exempt from Contribution Disclosure requirements, for further
information please telephone Toya Davis, Contribution Disclosure Analyst at
(916) 327-1798 or email: [email protected]
+
Material is available for this Item.
++
Material will be available at a later date.
‘CF’
Constitutional Function – The Deputy State Controller may not participate in this
matter under Government Code section 7.9.
Page 7 of 13
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
BETTY T. YEE
First District, San Francisco
450 N STREET, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
PO BOX 942879, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 94279-0080
(916) 322-2270 • FAX (916) 324-3984
www.boe.ca.gov
MICHELLE STEEL
Third District, Rolling Hills Estates
JEROME E. HORTON
Fourth District, Los Angeles
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
450 N Street, Room 121, Sacramento
September 14-15, 2010
NOTICE AND AGENDA
Meeting Agenda (as of 8:30 a.m., 09/14/10)
JOHN CHIANG
State Controller
______
BARBARA ALBY
Acting Member
Second District, Sacramento
______
RAMON J. HIRSIG
Executive Director
Agenda Changes
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
9:30 a.m.
Board Committee Meeting Convenes*
Board Meeting Reconvenes upon Adjournment of the Board Committee Meeting**
Agenda items occur in the order in which they appear on the agenda. When
circumstances warrant, the Board’s Chair may modify the order of the items on the
agenda. Items may be postponed to a subsequent day; however, items will not be
moved to an earlier day.
Board Committee Meetings*
Business Taxes Committee.......................................... Ms. Yee, Committee Chairwoman
1.
Proposed changes to Regulation 1506, Miscellaneous Service Enterprises
Request approval and authorization to publish proposed amendments
to clarify the application of tax to sales of meals at camps.
2.
Suggested revisions to Regulation 1807, Petitions for Reallocation of
Local Tax.
Property Tax Committee ........................................................Ms. Steel, Committee Chair
1.
Adoption of Assessors’ Handbook Section 401, Change in Ownership
Adoption of assessors’ handbook to provide guidance on when a change
in ownership takes place for property tax purposes.
Customer Service and Administrative
Efficiency Committee............................................................... Ms. Alby, Committee Chair
1.
Transparency at the Board of Equalization – Summary Report
Update on Board of Equalization’s ongoing activities to become more
transparent to taxpayers and the public.
Page 8 of 13
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
Board Meeting**
B.
Corporate Franchise and Personal Income Tax Hearing
(Contribution Disclosure forms required pursuant to Gov. Code § 15626.)
B5.
C.
Thomas Litawa, 522390 +
For Appellant:
Thomas Litawa, Taxpayer
For Franchise Tax Board: Amanda Vassigh, Tax Counsel
Diane Ewing, Tax Counsel
Sales and Use Tax Appeals Hearings
Local Tax Reallocation Hearing
(Contribution Disclosure forms not required pursuant to Gov. Code § 15626.***)
C9.
Cities of Los Angeles, Roseville, San Diego and Santa Clara, 422182 +
For Petitioner:
Janis Varney, Representative
Eric Myers, Representative
For Affected Jurisdictions:
City of Huntington Beach
Robin Sturdivant, Representative
For Taxpayer:
Applied Computer Solutions
Warren Barnes, Taxpayer
For Department:
Carole Ruwart, Tax Counsel
Sales and Use Tax Appeals Hearings
(Contribution Disclosure forms required pursuant to Gov. Code § 15626.)
C10. Jaswant S. Sra, 437185 (UT) +
For Petitioner:
Jaswant S. Sra, Taxpayer
For Department:
Cary Huxsoll, Tax Counsel
C11. Gladys Lillian Martines, 461496 (KH) +
For Petitioner:
Gladys Martines, Taxpayer
Douglas Broomell, Attorney
For Department:
Andrew Kwee, Tax Counsel
1:30 p.m.
D.
Board Meeting Reconvenes**
Special Taxes Appeals Hearings
(Contribution Disclosure forms required pursuant to Gov. Code § 15626.)
D1.
Enrique Ayala Rodriguez, 530984 (ET) +
For Petitioner:
Mitchell L. Abdallah, Attorney
For Department:
Stephen Smith, Tax Counsel
D2.
Ismail Ahmad Karajah, 534141 (ET) +
For Petitioner:
Ismail Karajah, Taxpayer
For Department:
Pamela Mash, Tax Counsel
Page 9 of 13
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
Administrative Session
N.
Consent Agenda ................................................................................... Ms. Olson
(Contribution Disclosure forms not required pursuant to Gov. Code § 15626.)
N1.
Retirement Resolutions +
• Michael S. Kopp (deceased)
• Randie L. Henry
• Roberta F. Hinchman
• Ramon J. Hirsig
• Daniel Sakai
N2.
Approval of Board Meeting Minutes
• June 15-18, 2010 +
N3.
Approval of 2011 Diesel Fuel Tax Rate for Interstate Users +
Staff recommendation for setting the 2011 calendar year Diesel Fuel Tax
Rate for Interstate Users.
N4.
Approval of 2011 Hazardous Substances Program Fees and Occupational
Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee +
Staff recommendation for setting the Hazardous Substances Program
Fees and the Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee for the 2011
calendar year.
N5.
Approval of 2011 Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge Rate +
Staff recommendation for setting the Emergency Telephone Users
Surcharge rate for the 2011 calendar year.
N6.
Prepayment Rate for Sales Tax on Motor Vehicle Fuel, Diesel Fuel and
Jet Fuel +
Section 6480.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code requires the Board to
determine annually by November 1, the rate at which sales tax on motor
vehicle fuel, diesel fuel, and jet fuel is to be collected.
N7.
Summons to Annual Meeting of the Board and County Assessors +
Request approval of summons of county assessors to meet with the
Board to discuss issues relating to property assessment administration.
N8.
Adoption of Property Tax Forms +
•
BOE-261-G
2011 Claim for Disabled Veterans' Property Tax
Exemption
Revised to increase amount of time a claimant has to
file a claim from 30 days to 90 days; deletes
requirement that the disabled veteran has a "pending"
application with the U.S. Department of Veterans'
Affairs.
Page 10 of 13
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
•
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
BOE-261-GNT 2011 Disabled Veterans' Exemption Change of
Eligibility Report
Revised to increase amount of time a claimant has to
file a claim from 30 days to 90 days; deletes
requirement that the disabled veteran has a "pending"
application with the U.S. Department of Veterans'
Affairs.
O.
Adoption of Board Committee Reports and Approval of Committee Actions
O1. Business Taxes Committee
O2. Property Tax Committee
O3. Customer Service and Administrative Efficiency Committee
P.
Other Administrative Matters
There are no items for the following matters:
P1. Executive Director’s Report
P2. Chief Counsel Report
P3. Sales and Use Tax Deputy Director’s Report
P4.
Property and Special Taxes Deputy Director’s Report .................... Mr. Gau
1.
Confidentiality of Information Provided on Possessory Interests
Annual Usage Report +
Commencement of interested parties process regarding
confidentiality of Form BOE-502-P, Possessory Interests Annual
Usage Report.
P5.
Administration Deputy Director’s Report + ................................. Ms. Houser
1.
Facilities Update
These items provide information and may require Board action.
a. Headquarters Facilities
Update on the Headquarters remediation project.
b. Headquarters Annex
Update on the Headquarters annex locations.
2.
2010/11 and 2011/12 Budget Update, Furlough Plan and Layoffs
These items provide information and may require Board action
or direction.
a. Information regarding the Governor’s 2010/11 Budget,
Governor’s Executive Order and State Employee Furloughs.
3.
P6.
2011/12 DRAFT Budget Change Proposals (BCP's)
An update on the status of the BCP's.
Technology Deputy Director’s Report
There are no items for this matter.
Page 11 of 13
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
Announcement of Closed Session .................................................................... Ms. Olson
Q.
Closed Session
Q1.
Discussion and approval of staff recommendations regarding settlement
cases (Rev. & Tax. Code §§ 6901, 7093.5, 30459.1 and 50156.11)
Q2.
Discussion of Master Settlement Agreement Tobacco Litigation (Gov.
Code, §11126(e).)
Q3.
Pending litigation: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, et al. v. State
Controller John Chiang, et al., Sacramento County Superior Court, Case
No. 34-2009-80000158 (Gov. Code § 11126(e))
Q4.
Pending litigation: Schroeder, et al. v. State Board of Equalization, et al.
Sacramento Superior Court Case No. 34-2008-00004467-CU-MT-GDS;
Frankot, et al. v. State Board of Equalization, et al., Sacramento Superior
Court Case No. 34-2008-00012174-CU-PO-GDS; and, Allen, et al. v.
State Board of Equalization, et al., Sacramento Superior Court, Case No.
34-2008-00017014-CU-TT-GDS (Gov. Code § 11126(e)(2)(B)(i))
Q5.
Discussion and action on personnel matters (Gov. Code § 11126(a))
Announcement of Open Session ....................................................................... Ms. Olson
Adjourn
If you wish to listen to and/or view a live broadcast of the Board meeting, please go to
www.boe.ca.gov and click on Webcast.
If you wish to receive this Notice and Agenda electronically, you can subscribe at
www.boe.ca.gov/agenda.
If you would like specific information regarding items on this Notice and Agenda, please
telephone (916) 322-2270 or e-mail: [email protected] Please be advised that
material containing confidential taxpayer information cannot be publicly disclosed.
The hearing location is accessible to people with disabilities. Please contact Joann
Richmond at (916) 322-1931, or e-mail [email protected] if you require
special assistance.
Diane G. Olson, Chief
Board Proceedings Division
Page 12 of 13
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
*
Public comment on any committee agenda item will be accepted at the beginning
of the committee meeting.
**
Public comment on any agenda item, other than a Closed Session item or an
item which has already been considered by a Board Committee, will be accepted
at that meeting.
***
Municipalities are exempt from Contribution Disclosure requirements, for further
information please telephone Toya Davis, Contribution Disclosure Analyst at
(916) 327-1798 or email: [email protected]
+
Material is available for this Item.
++
Material will be available at a later date.
‘CF’
Constitutional Function – The Deputy State Controller may not participate in this
matter under Government Code section 7.9.
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