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Dear Interested Party: Enclosed
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
BETTYT. VEE
First District. San Francisco
450 N STREET, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
PO BOX 942879, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 94279·0083
(916) 445·4380 • FAX (91 6) 322·0341
SEN. GEORGE RUNNER (RET.)
Second District. Lancaster
www.boe.ca.gov
MICHELLE STEEL
Third District , Orange County
JEROME E. HORTON
Fourth District. Los Angeles
JOHN CHIANG
State Controller
CYNTHIA BRIDGES
Executive Director
March 29, 2013
Dear Interested Party:
Enclosed is the Second Discussion Paper regarding proposed amendments to the Board of
Equalization's Rules for Tax Appeals (RTA) (Cal. Code Regs., tit 18, div. 2.1) that staff believes are
necessary to implement the provisions of Assembly Bill No. 2323 (Stats. 2012, ch. 788), which added
section 40 to the Revenue and Taxation Code, and address clean-up and housekeeping issues that Board
staff or interested parties have suggested based on their common experience with the RT A since they
were promulgated in 2008. The Board is scheduled to discuss the proposed amendments to the RTA
during its June 11-13,2013, meeting.
However, before the proposed amendments to the RT A are presented to the Board, staff would like to
provide interested parties an opportunity to discuss the amendments and present any suggested changes
or comments. Accordingly, a meeting is scheduled in Room 122 at 10:00 a.m. on April 11, 2013, at
the Board of Equalization, 450 N Street, Sacramento, California.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to provide input for discussion, please send your
submission to the above address or send a fax to 1 (916) 322-0341 before April 10, 2013. In addition,
please feel free to publish this letter and paper on your website or otherwise distribute it to your
associates, members, or other persons that may be interested in attending the meeting or presenting their
cmmnents.
If you plan to attend the meeting on April 11, 2013 , or would like to participate via teleconference,
please let staff know by contacting Mr. Michael Patno at (916) 327-2045 or [email protected]
prior to April 10, 2013 . This will allow staff to make alternative arrangements should the expected
attendance exceed the maximum capacity of Room 122 and to arrange for teleconferencing.
Whether or not you are able to attend the above interested parties meeting, please keep in mind that the
due date for interested parties to provide written responses to staffs Second Discussion Paper is April
29, 2013 . Please be aware that a copy of the material you submit may be provided to other interested
parties. Therefore, please ensure your comments do not contain confidential .information.
Interested Party
March 29, 2013
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You may also refer to the "20 13 Amendments to the Rules for Tax Appeals" page for all of the materials
regarding the 2013 amendments to the RTA, including the interested parties meeting calendar, which
was released on January 30, 2013. If you have questions about the proposed amendments to the RTA,
please contact Mr. Bradley Heller, Tax Counsel IV at (916) 323-3091 or [email protected]
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to your comments and suggestions.
Sincerely,
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Chief Counsel
Legal Department
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Enclosure:
Second Discussion Paper
cc: Mr. Bradley Heller
Mr. Michael Patno
MIC: 82
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SECOND DISCUSSION PAPER
Proposed Amendments to the Rules for Tax Appeals
Regulations 5000-5700
Issue
Whether the State Board of Equalization (Board) should amend the Board’s Rules for Tax
Appeals (RTA) (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 18, div. 2.1 (§§ 5000-5700)) to:
• Incorporate, implement, and clarify the provisions of Assembly Bill No. (AB) 2323
(Stats. 2012, ch. 788), which added section 40 to the Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC);
and
• Otherwise address clean-up and housekeeping issues that Board staff or interested parties
have suggested based on their common experience with the RTA since they were
promulgated in 2008.
Background
Adoption of the RTA
The RTA originally became effective on February 6, 2008. The RTA are the result of a two-year
review, drafting, and approval process in which:
• Board staff prepared more than 25 drafts of the various chapters contained in the RTA;
• A broad variety of interested parties, including other state agencies, submitted hundreds of
comments;
• Board staff held seven interested parties meetings to hear and discuss the interested parties’
comments; and
• The Board Members held 10 Board Meetings to hear from both Board staff and the interested
parties, discuss new proposed regulations, and grant staff authority to begin the rulemaking
process.
The Board eventually adopted the RTA in order to provide comprehensive regulations governing
the administrative and appellate review processes for all of the tax and fee programs
administered by the Board and specifically address public concerns regarding its administrative
and appellate review processes. (See RTA § 5000.)
Chapter 1 (RTA § 5000) names the RTA, and provides a clear statement of the Board’s primary
intent for their implementation, which is to improve the Board’s relationship with taxpayers and
feepayers (hereafter, collectively, taxpayers).
Chapter 2 (RTA §§ 5200-5271) was intended to codify the Board’s existing practices, at the time, for
handling appeals involving revenue-generating tax and fee programs (business taxes and fees),
including the Sales and Use Tax, administered by the Board. (See BOE Publication 41, Taxes and
Fees Administered by the California State Board of Equalization, for a complete list.) Chapter 2 also
improved the Board’s existing practices by: (1) codifying the Board’s policy of accepting untimely
petitions for redetermination as administrative protests; (2) clarifying that taxpayers requesting relief
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have the right to request both an appeals conference and an oral hearing; (3) giving taxpayers and
Board staff additional time to prepare briefs; and (4) guaranteeing taxpayers the right to file the last
brief.
Chapter 3 (RTA §§ 5310-5345) codified the Board’s existing practices, at the time, for handling
property tax appeals, including the practice of having the Appeals Division review appeals prior to
the Board’s consideration, and provided a more detailed description of each step in the property tax
appeals process than the Board’s Rules of Practice (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 18, 5010-5095), which were
repealed and replaced by the RTA.
Chapter 4 (RTA §§ 5410-5465) restated most of the Rules of Practice provisions and codified the
Board’s existing practices, at the time, for handling appeals from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB).
Chapter 4 also improved the Board’s existing practices in several ways. For example, Chapter 4
added new procedures permitting non-appealing spouses to materially participate in innocent spouse
appeals. Chapter 4 additionally provided notice of the criteria for the imposition of frivolous appeal
penalties and established new procedures to help resolve jurisdictional issues. Chapter 4 also added
new procedures for holding discretionary prehearing conferences that can be used to better develop
the facts and issues raised in complicated or complex appeals when requested by the appellant or the
FTB or when deemed necessary either by the Board’s Appeals Division or the Board Members.
Chapter 5 (RTA §§§ 5510-5576) restated most of the Rules of Practice provisions and codified the
Board’s existing practices, at the time, for conducting oral hearings and deciding appeals in all of the
Board’s appeals processes. Chapter 5 also made several important improvements over the Rules of
Practice, including:
• Clarifying that all appellants have the right to request an oral hearing;
• Describing the conflict-of-interest provisions applicable to the Board;
• Permitting individual Board Members to adopt their own dissenting and concurring opinions
when the Board adopts a Formal Opinion or Memorandum Opinion;
• Codifying the Board’s longstanding policy permitting all interested persons to communicate
with the Board Members at any time;
• Making oral hearings more understandable to the public; and
• Protecting trade secrets and information that could be used for identify theft from disclosure.
Chapter 6 incorporated the Board’s previously adopted regulations governing Taxpayer Bill of
Rights reimbursement claims (RTA §§ 5600-5605) and the Board’s previously adopted
regulation governing the publication of annotations derived from legal rulings of counsel.
2010 Amendments to the RTA
At the time that the RTA were adopted, the Board had delegated authority to appropriate Board
staff to grant or deny claims for refunds of specified taxes and fees, unless the refunds exceeded
$50,000, and that delegation of authority was codified in RTA Regulations 5237 and 5267. The
Board subsequently changed the delegation of authority so that it applied to claims for refunds
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that did not exceed $100,000, and the Board adopted amendments to RTA Regulations 5237 and
5267 to incorporate the change, which became effective on February 19, 2010. No other
substantive amendments have been made to the RTA since they were originally adopted in 2008.
AB 2323 & RTC Section 40
The Governor approved AB 2323 on September 29, 2012, and AB 2323 added section 40 to the
RTC effective January 1, 2013. Section 40 provides as follows:
(a)(1) The board shall publish on its Internet Web site a written formal opinion,
a written memorandum opinion, or a written summary decision for each decision
of the board in which the amount in controversy is five hundred thousand dollars
($500,000) or more, within 120 days of the date upon which the board rendered
its decision. (2) A decision of the board shall not include consent calendar actions
taken by the board.
(b) Each formal opinion, memorandum opinion, and summary decision as
described in subdivision (a) shall include all of the following: (1) Findings of fact.
(2) The legal issue or issues presented. (3) Applicable law. (4) Analysis. (5)
Disposition. (6) Names of adopting board members.
(c) (1) A board member may submit a dissenting opinion setting forth his or her
rationale for disagreeing with the memorandum opinion or formal opinion. (2) A
board member may submit a concurring opinion setting forth the board member's
rationale for agreeing with the result reached in the memorandum opinion or
formal opinion, if different than the rationale set forth in the memorandum
opinion or formal opinion. (3) A dissenting opinion and a concurring opinion
shall be published in the same manner as prescribed in subdivision (a) for a
formal opinion or memorandum opinion.
(d) A formal opinion or memorandum opinion adopted by the board may be
cited as precedent in any matter or proceeding before the board, unless the
opinion has been depublished, overruled, or superseded. A summary decision may
not be cited as precedent in any matter or proceeding before the board.
Discussion of Proposed Amendments to RTA to Incorporate, Implement, and Clarify
RTC Section 40
The Board discussed AB 2323 during its meeting on December 19, 2012, and directed staff to
draft proposed amendments to the RTA to incorporate, implement, and clarify the publication
requirements of RTC section 40. The Board also directed staff to meet with interested parties to
discuss the proposed amendments prior to presenting them to the Board for potential publication.
Therefore, Board staff drafted proposed amendments to chapter 5 of the RTA to incorporate,
implement, and clarify the publication provisions of RTC section 40, which included
amendments to Regulations 5551, Voting and Decisions, 5573, Waiver of Confidentiality, and
5574, Request for Portion of Oral Hearing Conducted During Closed Session, and the addition
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of new Regulation 5552, Publication, to the RTA. Then, Board staff provided the proposed
amendments to the interested parties as an attachment to the Initial Discussion Paper distributed
on February 8, 2013.
The Initial Discussion Paper
In the Initial Discussion Paper, Board staff recommended that the Board divide Regulation 5551,
subdivision (a) into three new subdivisions. Board staff recommended that revised subdivision
(a) continue to explain the actions the Board may take on a matter at the conclusion of an oral
hearing. Board staff recommended that new subdivision (b) clarify that the Board may vote to
“decide” a matter with or without adopting a Summary Decision, Formal Opinion, or
Memorandum Opinion. Board staff also recommended that new subdivision (c):
• Include the regulation’s current language providing for the Board to direct staff to
prepare a Formal Opinion or Memorandum Opinion for the Board’s potential adoption,
whenever the Board, in its discretion, determines that it might be appropriate to adopt
such an opinion with regard to a specific matter;
• Include a new default rule, which would preserve the Board’s discretion while it
considers whether to adopt a Formal Opinion or Memorandum Opinion, that when the
Board has previously voted to decide a matter and, before the decision is final, directs
staff to draft a Formal Opinion or Memorandum Opinion for the same matter, then the
Board’s initial decision in the matter will be held in abeyance and will be subject to
change until the Board decides whether to adopt the Formal Opinion or Memorandum
Opinion, unless the Board directs otherwise;
• Require Board staff to prepare a Summary Decision for the Board’s consideration and
potential adoption, whenever the Board actually decides a matter without adopting a
Summary Decision, Formal Opinion, or Memorandum Opinion and without directing
staff to draft a Formal Opinion or Memorandum Opinion for the Board’s consideration,
and the Board’s decision is subject to the provisions of RTC section 40 requiring the
adoption and publication of a written decision or opinion;
• Clearly explain when non-approved drafts of Summary Decisions, Formal Opinions, and
Memorandum Opinions are confidential; and
• Include the regulation’s current language regarding the precedential value of Summary
Decisions, Formal Opinions, and Memorandum Opinions, which is virtually identical to
similar language contained in RTC section 40, subdivision (d).
In addition, Board staff recommended renumbering current subdivision (b) of Regulation 5551
as subdivision (d) and making minor edits to the subdivision to make it consistent with the
provisions of RTC section 40, subdivision (c), regarding dissenting and concurring opinions.
In the Initial Discussion Paper, Board staff recommended that the Board propose to adopt new
Regulation 5552, Publication, to incorporate the remaining provisions of RTC section 40 into the
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RTA and to specifically:
• Clarify the date upon which the Board renders a decision within the meaning of RTC
section 40, subdivision (a)(1);
• Clarify the meaning of the phrase “amount in controversy” as used in RTC section 40,
subdivision (a)(1); and
• Clarify that RTC section 40’s publication requirements apply to decisions of the Board
acting as a collective body in open session to resolve a pending dispute regarding an
issued assessment of tax or fee or refund of tax or fee to a taxpayer or feepayer, or the
reallocation of local or district tax, that has been scheduled and appears as a contested
matter before the Board on a Board meeting notice, including nonappearance matters,
except for nonappearance consent calendar action items (as provided in RTC § 40, subd.
(a)(1)).
In the Initial Discussion Paper, Board staff recommended changing the name of Regulation 5573
from “Waiver of Confidentiality” to “Confidentiality.” Board staff additionally recommended
revising subdivision (a) of Regulation 5573 to further emphasize the broad waiver of
confidentiality associated with the filing of an appeal from the actions of the FTB with the
Board. Board staff also recommended adding a new subdivision (f) to Regulation 5573 to clarify
that, even in the absence of a waiver, there is no right to confidentiality as to relevant
information that the Board includes in a published decision or opinion in order to satisfy the
requirements of RTC section 40, subdivision (c), regarding the content of decisions and opinions
required to be published under RTC section 40.
Finally, Board staff recommended adding a new subdivision (g) to Regulation 5574 to avoid
potential confusion by clarifying that nothing in Regulation 5574 shall prevent the Board from
publishing a written decision or opinion when required under RTC section 40.
First Interested Parties Meeting
Board staff discussed RTC section 40 and staff’s initial proposed amendments to chapter 5 of the
RTA (described above) with the interested parties during an interested parties meeting on
February 21, 2013. The interested parties did not express any concerns regarding the substance
of the proposed amendments or the way they implemented or interpreted RTC section 40, and no
interested parties submitted written comments regarding the Initial Discussion Paper. However,
there appeared to be a general consensus that staff’s initial proposed amendments to Regulation
5551 were not sufficiently clear.
Staff’s proposed amendments to Regulation 5551 related to the procedures the Board uses when
voting to “decide” appeals, including the procedures for adopting “Summary Decisions” to
decide nonappearance matters, the procedures the Board uses when deciding whether or not to
adopt a “Memorandum Opinion or Formal Opinion,” and new procedures staff recommends that
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the Board use to ensure that the Board complies with the new provisions of RTC section 40,
which require the Board to adopt “a written formal opinion, a written memorandum opinion, or a
written summary decision” for specified appeals. The lack of clarity appeared to be due to:
• Staff’s repeated used the word “decision” in conjunction with the bulky phrase
“Summary Decision, Memorandum Opinion, or Formal Opinion”;
• The fact that staff referred to Summary Decisions, Memorandum Opinions, and Formal
Opinions as “Written Decisions”; and
• The difficulty in distinguishing the various types of decisions and opinions referred to in
the proposed amendments.
The lack of clarity also appeared to be due, to a lesser extent, to the way staff implemented the
term “rendered” from RTC section 40, which had not previously been used by the Board or
referred to in the RTA.
Staff’s Revised Amendments to Regulation 5551 and new Regulation 5552
Based upon the comments from the interested parties meeting, staff is now proposing to move
the definitions for the terms “Summary Decision” and “Formal Opinion” from Regulations 5311,
Definitions, 5451, Summary Decisions, and 5452, Formal Opinions, in chapters 3 and 4 of the
RTA to Regulation 5511, Definitions, in chapter 5 of the RTA, and add a consistent definition
for the term “Memorandum Opinion” to Regulation 5511 so that all of the terms are consistently
defined in one place. Staff is proposing to add definitions to Regulation 5511 to clarify that all
three types of documents are “written opinions,” Summary Decisions are “nonprecedential
opinions” and Memorandum Opinions and Formal Opinions are “precedential opinions.” Staff is
also proposing to add definitions for the commonly used terms “Appeal,” “Board hearing,” and
“nonappearance matter” to Regulation 5511 so that staff can revise Regulation 5551 to more
clearly and concisely distinguish: (1) a vote to decide an appeal without adopting a written
opinion at the time of the vote, which the Board commonly does when deciding an appeal after a
Board hearing, from a vote to decide an appeal by adopting a written opinion at the time of the
vote, which the Board commonly does when appeals are submitted for decision as
nonappearance matters; and (2) the differing procedures that apply to the drafting,
confidentiality, and adoption of precedential and nonprecedential opinions.
As a result, Board staff’s revised amendments to Regulation 5551, subdivision (a) now explain
the timing of the Board’s vote to decide an appeal. Revised subdivision (a) provides that “The
Board may vote to decide an appeal after considering the appeal at a Board hearing or as a
nonappearance matter, or the Board may take the appeal under submission and vote to decide it
later at the same meeting or at a subsequent meeting. The Board may also vote to continue a
Board hearing to a later date.”
Board staff’s revised amendments to Regulation 5551, subdivision (b) no longer focus on
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decisions, and they do not use the term written decision or employ the regulation’s existing
language referring to Summary Decisions, Memorandum Opinions, and Formal Opinions.
Instead, the revised amendments to subdivision (b) more clearly address the adoption of written
“opinions” by explaining that the “Board may, but is not required to adopt a written opinion to
decide an appeal. The Board may vote to decide an appeal by adopting a written opinion
containing its decision, or the Board may vote to decide an appeal without adopting a written
opinion at the time of the vote.” The revised amendments to subdivision (b), paragraphs (1)
through (5), then go on to explain the Board’s discretion to direct staff to prepare written
opinions, the procedures for ensuring that the Board adopts written opinions when required by
RTC section 40, the procedures for the adoption of precedential opinions prepared at the Board’s
direction, the authority to cite written opinions in proceedings before the Board, and the
confidentiality of written opinions, respectively.
Furthermore, Board staff’s revised amendments to Regulation 5551 renumber existing
subdivision (b), regarding dissenting and concurring opinions, as subdivision (c). The revised
amendments replace the phrase “Memorandum Opinion or Formal Opinion” with the term
“precedential opinion” in renumbered subdivision (c)(1) and (2) and with the term “opinion” in
renumbered subdivision (c)(1)(A) and (B). The revised amendments also replace the word
“decision” with the word “opinion” in renumbered subdivision (c)(1)(B).
In addition, Board staff revised its proposed amendments adding new Regulation 5552 so that
they use the terms “appeal” and “written opinion” instead of the terms “matter” and the phrase
“Formal Opinion, Memorandum Opinion, or Summary Decision,” respectively. Staff revised the
last sentence of subdivision (b) to more clearly explain that for purposes of Revenue and
Taxation Code section 40, “the Board’s decision on an appeal is rendered on the date that the
Board’s vote to decide the appeal becomes final,” then moved the sentence to new subdivision
(f), and implemented its meaning by replacing the references to the date the Board rendered its
decision to decide a matter with references to the date the Board’s vote to decide an appeal
becomes final throughout the rest of new Regulation 5552. Board staff also added a fifth
sentence to Regulation 5552, subdivision (e) to clarify the “amount in controversy” in local and
district tax appeals.
Board staff revised its proposed amendments adding subdivision (f) to Regulation 5573. Board
staff changed the title of the subdivision from “Published Decisions” to “Published Opinions” to
make the title consistent with the amendments made to Regulation 5511. Board staff also
revised the subdivision to provide that “there is no right to confidentiality as to relevant
information that the Board or Board staff includes in a written opinion that is required to be
published pursuant to section 5552,” instead of providing that “there is no right to confidentiality
as to relevant information that the Board includes in a published decision or opinion in order to
satisfy the requirements of section 5552, subdivision (c).” The revisions are based upon comments
made during the interested parties meeting that the subdivision should be applicable to the Board and
Board staff, and that staff should clarify the meaning of the word “relevant.” The revisions also
replace the subdivision’s prior reference to a “published decision or opinion” with a reference to
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a “written opinion” to make the text consistent with the amendments made to Regulation 5511.
Board staff also revised its proposed amendments adding subdivision (g) to Regulation 5574 by
deleted the unnecessary reference to Regulation 5574 and replacing the word “decision” with the
word “opinion.” In addition, staff is now proposing additional amendments throughout both
regulations so that they consistently use the terms “Board hearing,” “Summary Decision,”
“Hearing Summary,” “appeal,” and “nonappearance matter” from Regulation 5511.
Finally, Board staff is now proposing to change the title of article 5 of chapter 5 of the RTA from
“Voting and Decisions” to “Voting, Decisions, and Opinions” to better reflect that the article
contains Regulations 5551 and 5552 regarding the adoption and publication of written opinions.
Staff’s newly proposed amendments to Regulation 5511, staff’s changes to the title of article 5,
staff’s revised amendments to Regulation 5551, staff’s revised amendments adding Regulation
5552, and staff’s revised and additional amendments to Regulations 5573 and 5574 are
illustrated in strikeout and underline format in Attachment A.
Discussion of Further Amendments to the RTA
The Initial Discussion Paper explained that Board staff was drafting additional amendments to
make the other chapters of the RTA consistent with the amendments being made to chapter 5 of
the RTA to implement, interpret, and clarify RTC section 40. The Initial Discussion Paper
further explained that Board staff was also drafting additional amendments to the RTA to address
clean-up and housekeeping issues that Board staff or interested parties have suggested based on
their common experience with the RTA since they were promulgated in 2008.
Additional Amendments to Chapter 2 of the RTA
Board staff has determined that article 1 of chapter 2 of the RTA, which is entitled “Application
of Chapter 2 and Definitions,” does not contain any definitions and that Regulation 5200,
Application of Chapter 2 and Definitions, which is in article 1, does not need to expressly
provide that the definitions in Regulations 5511 and 5512, Construction, apply to chapter 2
because the definitions in those regulations apply to chapter 2 pursuant to the provisions of
Regulations 5511 and 5512. Therefore, Board staff is proposing to delete the references to
“definitions” from the titles of article 1 and Regulation 5200 and delete the provisions of
Regulation 5200 that refer to Regulations 5511 and 5512. In addition, Board staff believes that
Regulation 5200 would be more concise if staff replaced the regulation’s references to the
various types of appeals that are provided for in chapter 2 with the term “appeal” as proposed to
be defined in the amendments to Regulation 5511. Furthermore, Board staff believes that
Regulation 5200 would read more clearly if the citations to the various tax and fee law listed in
the regulation were reformatted as parenthetical citations. Therefore, staff is also proposing to
amend Regulation 5200 to make those clarifying changes.
Board staff is now proposing to make the text of Regulation 5212, Contents of Petitions for
Redetermination, and Supporting Arguments and Evidence, more consistent with the terms
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“taxpayer” and “Board hearing” as defined or proposed to be defined in Regulation 5511.
Board staff proposes to amend Regulations 5215, Scope of Petitions for Redetermination Filed
Under Hazardous Substances Tax Law, and 5215.4, Scope of Petitions for Redetermination Filed
Under Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Fee, to update the references to the California
Department of Toxic Substance Control. Board staff proposes to amend Regulation 5215 and
5230, Persons Who May File a Claim for Refund; Limitations on Certain Claims, to replace the
references to the “State Director of Health Services” and “State Department of Health Care
Services” with references to “California Department of Public Health” due to statutory changes.
Board staff also proposes to replace the term “petitioner” with the term “taxpayer” throughout
Regulations 5215 and 5230 and amend Regulation 5230, subdivisions (b) and (e) so that they are
fully consistent with the Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Law and Water Code, respectively.
Furthermore, Board staff is proposing to amend Regulation 5215.6, Scope of Petition for
Redetermination Filed Under Water Rights Fee Law, to make it fully consistent with the
provisions of Water Code section 1537, and proposing to amend Regulation 5224, Review of
Petition for Redetermination of Jeopardy Determination, to make it more fully consistent with
Regulations 5215, 5215.4, and 5215.6
Board staff is proposing to clarify the procedures for acknowledging petitions for
redetermination in Regulation 5217, Assignment and Acknowledgment of Petitions for
Redetermination, and make the regulation more concise.
Board staff is now proposing to clarify the procedures for accepting untimely petitions as
administrative protests in Regulation 5220, Premature or Untimely Petition May Be Treated as
an Administrative Protest, and make the text of Regulation 5220 more consistent with the terms
“taxpayer,” “Board hearing,” and “appeal” as defined or proposed to be defined in Regulation
5511.
Regulations 5218, Review of the Petition by the Assigned Section, and 5219, Mailing the
Summary Analysis and Scheduling the Appeals Conference, prescribe the procedures for the
initial review of a petition for redetermination, Regulation 5235, Action on Claim for Refund,
explains the types of actions the Department may take when initially reviewing a claim for
refund, and Regulations 5264, Conducting the Appeals Conference; Parties to the Appeals
Conference; Nature of the Appeals Conference; Failure to Appear, and 5266, Appeals Staff
Recommendations; Requests for Reconsideration; Requests for Oral Hearings, prescribe the
procedures that apply when the Appeals Division subsequently conducts an appeals conference,
and issues a Decision and Recommendation regarding an appeal. Board staff understands that
taxpayers have been confused and sometimes frustrated by the process in Regulation 5218 for
referring petitions to another office for further investigation and comment. Board staff
understands that some taxpayers have been confused by the provisions in Regulations 5218 and
5235 requiring taxpayers to request appeals conferences and Board hearings or confirm prior
requests for appeals conferences and Board hearings in order to obtain an appeals conference.
And, Board staff understands that some taxpayers are also confused by the provisions in
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Regulation 5264 regarding the submission of additional arguments and evidence to the Appeals
Division and the provisions in Regulation 5266 requiring them to file requests for
reconsideration and requests for Board hearings to continue to contest Decisions and
Recommendations. Therefore, Board staff is proposing substantial revisions to Regulations
5218, 5219, 5235, 5264, and 5266 to fully clarify all of these appeal processes and procedures so
that taxpayers can keep track of their appeals and understand when they are required to take
additional action to continue to appeal in the event of an adverse recommendation from
Department staff or the Appeals Division.
Regulations 5237, Board Approval Required for Refunds Over $100,000, currently prescribes
procedures for the Board’s approval of the Departments’ recommendations on claims for refund,
Regulation 5266 currently prescribes the procedures for the Board’s approval of the Appeals
Division’s recommendations, and both Regulations prescribe the requirements for making the
Departments’ and the Appeals Division’s recommendations a public record when required by
statute. However, Board staff realized that there is no regulation prescribing the procedures for
the Board’s approval of the Department’s recommendations on petitions for redetermination or
administrative protests, Regulations 5237 and 5266 are no longer fully consistent with all of the
Board’s policies requiring Board approval of the Department’s and Appeals Division’s
recommendations, and the provisions for public records could be more concise. Therefore,
Board staff is proposing to update the provision for Board approval and public records in
Regulations 5237 and 5266, move the provisions in Regulation 5266 to 5267, Issuance of Post
Appeals Conference Notices, and add similar provisions for Board approval to Regulation 5218
which provides for the review of petitions for redetermination and administrative protests (as
provided in Reg. 5220, subd. (b)). Board staff is also proposing to clarify the procedures for the
issuance of post appeals conference notices in Regulation 5267 so that they are fully consistent
with the Board’s current practices.
Regulations 5216, Filing Petitions for Redetermination, 5222, Persons Who May File a Petition
for Redetermination of a Jeopardy Determination, 5225, Persons Who May File an Application
for Administrative Hearing; Manner of Filing; and Consolidation with Petition, 5233, Filing
Claims for Refund, 5240, Persons Who May File, Contents of, and Manner of Filing Requests for
Innocent Spouse Relief (Sales and Use Tax, Including State-Administered Local Sales,
Transactions, and Use Taxes), 5250, Filing and Reviewing Claims and Inquiries Regarding
Incorrect or Non-Distribution of Local and District Taxes, and 5262, Requests to Reschedule or
Postpone Appeals Conference, prescribe the procedures for filing petitions for redetermination,
petitions for redetermination of jeopardy determinations, applications for administrative
hearings, claims for refund, requests for innocent spouse relief, petitions for reallocation of local
and district tax, and requests to reschedule and postpone appeals conferences, respectively. All of
these regulations explain that the Board encourages the use of electronic means for the filing of
appeals and appeals related documents, but the regulations do not provide any specific guidance
on how to file documents via electronic means. As a result, Board staff has determined that the
best way for the Board to continue to encourage the use of electronic means for the filing of
documents related to appeals is to be more specific about how such documents may be filed via
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electronic means, where currently available, and provide taxpayer’s with updated contact
information for the recently reorganized Property and Special Taxes Department. Therefore,
Board staff proposes to amend Regulations 5216, 5222, 5225, 5233, 5240, 5250, and 5262 in
order to delete the language encouraging the use of electronic means for filing such documents.
Board staff proposes to add more specific information regarding the filing of documents to
Regulations 5216, 5222, 5225, 5233, 5240, and 5262, and the Property and Special Taxes
Department’s new contact information to Regulations 5216 and 5233. However, please note that
the Board intends to provide more electronic services through the “eservices” link on its website
at www.boe.ca.gov, and it is possible that the eservices link may provide additional instructions
for the electronic filing of these documents in the future. Therefore, Board staff is not
recommending deleting the current provisions of Regulations 5216, 5222, 5225, 5233, 5240, and
5262 permitting documents to be filed in accordance with instructions on the Board’s website.
In addition, Board staff determined that Regulations 1807, Petitions for Reallocation of Local
Tax, and 1828, Petitions for Distribution or Redistribution of Transactions and Use Tax, already
prescribe the procedures for filing petitions for reallocation of local and district tax, and staff is
proposing to amend Regulation 5250 so that it simply cross-references the provisions for filing
such petitions in Regulations 1807 and 1828. Furthermore, Board staff is aware that some
taxpayers are confused by the provisions for deferring and postponing appeals conferences in
Regulation 5262, and Board staff is proposing to clarify those provisions to better explain the
differences between deferrals and postponements and the procedure applicable to requests for
deferrals and postponements.
Moreover, Regulation 5240 provides for the filing of requests for innocent spouse relief under
the Sales and Use Tax Law; however, taxpayers may also file requests for innocent spouse relief
under the Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Law, Use Fuel Tax Law, Diesel Fuel Tax Law, Cigarette and
Tobacco Products Tax Law, Alcoholic Beverage Tax Law, Timber Yield Tax Law, Energy
Resources Surcharge Law, Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge Law, Hazardous Substances
Tax Law, Integrated Waste Management Fee Law, Oil Spill Response, Prevention and
Administration Fee Law, Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Fee Law, and Fee Collection
Procedures Law. Therefore, Board staff proposes to amend the regulation so that it provides for
the filing of requests for innocent spouse relief under all of these laws and amend Regulations
5240, 5241, Acknowledgement and Review of Requests for Innocent Spouse Relief, and 5242,
Requests for Reconsideration by the Board, so that they all cross-reference the applicable
provisions of Regulation 4903, Innocent Spouse or Registered Domestic Partner Relief from
Liability, which are applicable to requests for innocent spouse relief filed under the additional tax
and fee laws.
Regulation 5247, Authority to Grant Relief Due to Reasonable Reliance on Written Advice and
Contents of Requests for Relief Due to Reasonable Reliance on Written Advice, incorporates and
cross-references provisions in Regulation 1705, Relief from Liability, and Regulation 4903.
Therefore, Board staff proposes to amend Regulation 5247 to make it fully consistent with the
provisions of Regulations 1705 and 4903.
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Board staff understands that the RTA does not cross-reference the Board’s current regulations
pertaining to Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act appeals and petitions for the
recovery of seized cigarette and tobacco products. Therefore, Board staff proposes to add a new
article 5.5 to chapter 2 and add new Regulations 5255, Cigarette and Tobacco Products
Licensing Act Appeals, and 5256, Petitions for Recovery of Seized Cigarette and Tobacco
Products, to new article 5.5 to cross-reference the Board’s current regulations pertaining to
Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act appeals.
A Board hearing is a taxpayer’s opportunity to appear before the Board and present oral
arguments regarding issues of fact and law relevant to the taxpayer’s appeal. Board staff
understands that it is common for taxpayers with business tax and fee appeals, whether
represented or not, to submit briefs to the Board during the week prior to and on the day of their
Board hearings and that the Board Members do their best to consider all the written arguments
submitted by these taxpayers prior to the start of their Board hearings, rather than rejecting
untimely briefs under the RTA. Therefore, Board staff proposes to amend Regulation 5270,
Requirements for Briefs; Briefing Schedule; Non-Party Briefs; Additional Briefing, subdivision
(g) to make it consistent with the Board’s current practice and explain that the Board may, but is
not required to, accept untimely briefs at Board hearings regarding appeals subject to chapter 2
of the RTA. Board staff also proposes to amend Regulation 5270 to clarify the introductory
language to subdivision (a), make subdivision (b) cross-reference the identical filing provisions
in Regulation 5570, Mailing Address, of chapter 5 of the RTA, rather than fully restate the filing
provisions, and delete an unnecessary reference to Regulation 5264 from subdivision (b).
Staff’s proposed amendments to chapter 2 of the RTA are illustrated in strikeout and underline
format in Attachment B.
Additional Amendments to Chapter 3 of the RTA
During its review of Regulation 5311, Board staff determined that the provisions of subdivision
(a) were duplicative of the introductory language in Regulation 5511. Staff also noticed that
there are two separate definitions for the term “County-Assessed Properties Division” in
Regulation 5311. Therefore, Board staff is proposing the delete subdivision (a) from Regulation
5311, combine the definitions for the County-Assessed Properties Division in Regulation 5311,
and make minor formatting changes to the regulation.
Regulation 5322, Information Available to Assessees; Assessment Factor Hearings, provides that
the Board generally holds Assessment Factor Hearings during its February meeting in
Sacramento. However, Board staff understands that the Board conducts a Board meeting in
Sacramento during January or February, but not both, during some years, and that, in years when
the Board does not conduct a meeting in Sacramento during February, the Board will hold the
Assessment Factor Hearings during its January meeting. Therefore, Board staff is proposing to
amend Regulation 5322 to provide that the Board generally conducts Assessment Factor
Hearings at the Board’s “January or February meeting in Sacramento.”
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Regulation 5323.6, Submission of Petition, currently requires taxpayers to submit 10 copies of
petitions for reassessment of unitary or nonunitary values and correction of allocated values, and
petitions for reassessment of private railroad car values, or, alternatively, to submit a compact
disk containing an electronic copy. However, the State-Assessed Properties Division is now able
to accept any electronic copy of a petition in lieu of 10 hard copies, not just an electronic copy on
a compact disk. In addition, Regulation 5323.6 instructs taxpayers to file their petitions in
accordance with Regulation 5335, Submission of Petitions, Briefs, and Related Documents, and
then Regulation 5335 further cross-references the filing procedures in chapter 5 of the RTA.
Therefore, Board staff proposes to amend Regulation 5323.6 so that it no longer requires 10 hard
copies of a petition that is submitted electronically, and Board staff is proposing to amend
Regulations 5323.6 and 5335 so that they both similarly explain how to file documents
electronically, by hand delivery, and by mail and both directly cross-reference the Board
Proceedings Contact information in Regulation 5570 (as proposed to be amended below).
Furthermore, Board staff is also proposing amendments to Regulations 5324, Timeliness of
Petition, 5332, Time of Filing of Application, 5332.6, Submission of Application and BoardAppraised Property, 5333, Time for Filing of Petitions, 5333.6, Submission of Petitions, 5334,
Time for Filing of Petition, 5334.6, Submission of Petition, and 5336.5, Perfecting a Petition, to
make the regulations’ filing provisions consistent with the proposed amendments to Regulations
5323.6 and 5335 and the regulations’ terms consistent with the definitions in Regulation 5511.
The contents of a “Hearing Summary” or “Summary Decision” prepared for a property tax
appeal are currently prescribed in the definitions for those terms set forth in Regulation 5311.
During its review of Regulation 5311, and as part of its decision to delete the definitions for
those terms from Regulation 5311, Board staff determined that it was more appropriate to
prescribe the contents of a Hearing Summary or Summary Decision prepared for a property tax
appeal in subdivision (a) of Regulation 5325.6, Prehearing Review of All Other Petitions, which
currently provides for the preparation of both types of documents. Therefore, Board staff is
proposing to amend Regulation 5325.6, subdivision (a) to incorporate the provisions prescribing
the contents of a Hearing Summary or Summary Decision for a property tax appeal that are
currently in Regulation 5311.
There are generally four types of property tax appeals, which are specified by Regulation 5310:
1. Petitions for reassessment of unitary and nonunitary assessed value and escaped or
excessive assessment of state-assessed properties (including petitions for abatement of
penalty), petitions for correction of assessment allocation, petitions for reassessment of
private railroad car value, and assessment factor hearings for state-assessed properties
and private railroad cars;
2. Applications for review, equalization, and adjustment of the assessment of publiclyowned lands and improvements under subdivision (g) of section 11 of article XIII of the
California Constitution;
3. Petitions objecting to the County-Assessed Properties Division’s findings of ineligibility
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for an organizational clearance certificate under section 254.6 of the Revenue and
Taxation Code, denials of claims for supplemental clearance certificates under Revenue
and Taxation Code section 214, subdivision (g), and claims for the veterans’ organization
exemption under Revenue and Taxation Code section 215.1; and
4. Petitions filed with the Board by county assessors under Government Code section 15640
et seq.
Regulation 5345, Finality of Board Action; Written Findings and Decision, currently provides
that the Board’s decision on a property tax appeal is final, that the Board will not reconsider or
rehear such a decision, and that the Board may only modify such a decision to correct a clerical
error. The provisions of Regulation 5345 track the provisions of Property Tax Rule 326,
Reconsideration and Rehearing, which similarly provide that a county board’s decision on a
property tax appeal is final and that a county board will not reconsider or rehear a property tax
appeal, accept to correct a clerical error or when its decision was entered due to the taxpayer’s
failure to appear at the county board’s hearing. The provisions of Regulation 5345 continue to
appear to staff to be appropriate for applications for review, equalization, and adjustment of the
assessment of publicly-owned lands and improvements under subdivision (g) of section 11 of
article XIII of the California Constitution because these are essentially appeals in which the
Board reviews a county property tax assessment in a similar manner as a county board. In
addition, the provisions of Regulation 5345 appear to staff to continue to be required for petitions
for reassessment of unitary or nonunitary values and correction of allocated values, which the
Board must decide by December 31 of each year and petitions for reassessment of private
railroad car values, which the Board must decide by January 31 each year, as explained in
Regulation 5327.4, Oral Hearings - Scheduling of Hearings.
However, Board staff has not been able to find a sufficient justification to continue the Board’s
current policy regarding the finality and reconsideration of petitions objecting to the CountyAssessed Properties Division’s findings of ineligibility for an organizational clearance
certificate, denial of a claim for a supplemental clearance certificate, or denial of a claim for the
veterans’ organization exemption, or a petition filed with the Board by a county assessor under
Government Code section 15640 et seq. Therefore, Board staff is proposing to amend
Regulation 5345 so that the Board’s decisions on these types of petitions become “final 30 days
after the date notice of the Board’s decision is mailed to the petitioner, unless the petitioner files
a Petition for Rehearing in accordance with the procedures provided in chapter 5 of this division
within that 30-day period.” Board staff is also proposing to amend Regulation 5561, Petition for
Rehearing, in chapter 5 of the RTA so that its provisions for filing petitions for rehearing apply
to these types of petitions.
All of Board’s staff’s proposed amendments to chapter 3 of the RTA, including staff’s proposed
amendments to Regulation 5311 (discussed in regard to the amendments implementing RTC §
40) are illustrated in strikeout and underline format in Attachment C.
Additional Amendments to Chapter 4 of the RTA
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Regulation 5421, Methods for Delivery of Written Documents and Correspondence, prescribes
the procedures for filing documents with regard to an appeal from the FTB. The regulation
explains that the Board encourages the use of electronic means for the filing of appeals and
appeals related documents, but the regulation does not provide any specific guidance on how to
file documents via electronic means. As a result, Board staff has determined that the best way
for the Board to continue to encourage the use of electronic means for the filing of documents
related to appeals is to be more specific about how such documents may be filed via electronic
means, where currently available. Therefore, Board staff proposes to amend Regulation 5421 in
order to delete the language encouraging the use of electronic means for filing such documents
and add more specific information regarding the filing of documents in appeals from the FTB.
However, please note that the Board intends to provide more electronic services through the
“eservices” link on its website at www.boe.ca.gov, and it is possible that the eservices link may
provide additional instructions for the electronic filing of these documents in the future.
Therefore, Board staff is not recommending deleting the current provisions of Regulations 5421
permitting documents to be filed in accordance with instructions on the Board’s website.
Subdivision (e) of Regulation 5435, Additional Briefing, requires the Board Chair to be promptly
notified about requests for additional briefing in appeals from the FTB. However, staff has
found that it is more appropriate to promptly notify the Chief of Board Proceedings regarding
such requests and allow the Chief of Board Proceedings to contact the Board Chair if necessary.
Therefore, Board staff is proposing to amend subdivision (e) to refer to the Chief of Board
Proceedings instead of the Board Chair. Staff is also proposing to replace the reference to
Appeals Staff with a reference to the Appeals Division in subdivision (a) of Regulation 5435.
Subdivision (a) of Regulation 5444, Hearing Summary, defines the term “Hearing Summary”
and prescribes the contents of hearing summaries prepared for appeals from the FTB. Board
staff has determined that the definition is unnecessary because Regulation 5511 already defines
the term “Hearing Summary.” Therefore, Board staff is proposing to delete subdivision (a) of
Regulation 5444, move the provisions prescribing the content of hearing summaries to current
subdivision (b) and renumber subdivision (b) as subdivision (a), then reformat the second
paragraph of current subdivision (b) as new subdivision (b).
RTC section 19047 requires the Board to hear and determine appeals from the FTB and notify
the parties of its determination. When the Board does not adopt a written opinion for an appeal
from the FTB, Board staff prepares a “Letter Decision” in accordance with Regulation 5450,
Letter Decisions, which contains a short explanation of the Board’s decision in the appeal. As
part of its review of the amendments to Regulation 5551, staff determined that the Board’s
current practice of referring to these notices as “Letter Decisions” might create additional,
unwarranted confusion regarding the differences between decisions and written opinions.
Therefore, Board staff is proposing to repeal Regulation 5450 and add new Regulation 5453,
Notice of Board’s Determination, which will provide for the preparation of a notice of
determination when the Board does not adopt a written opinion for an appeal from the FTB.
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During its review of Regulations 5451 and 5452, Board staff determined that subdivisions (a) of
Regulations 5451 and 5452 are no longer necessary because staff is proposing to add definitions
for the terms “Summary Decision” and “Formal Opinion” to Regulation 5511. Board staff
determined that the provisions of subdivision (c) of Regulation 5451 and subdivision (d) of
Regulation 5452 regarding the date of adoption of a Summary Decision or Formal Opinion are
no longer necessary because staff is addressing the same subject matter in its proposed
amendments to Regulation 5551. Board staff also determined that the provisions of subdivision
(d) of Regulation 5451 and subdivision (f) of Regulation 5452 regarding the ability to cite a
Summary Decision or Formal Opinion are no longer necessary because staff is addressing the
same subject matter in its proposed amendments to Regulation 5551. Therefore, staff is
proposing to delete these unnecessary subdivisions from Regulation 5451 and 5452. Staff is also
proposing to renumber the remaining subdivisions in Regulations 5451 and 5452, and add
provisions to make the regulations consistent with the provisions of Regulation 5551 as proposed
to be amended and 5552 as proposed to be added.
During the first interested parties meeting, FTB staff indicated that additional amendments to
chapter 4 of the RTA might be needed to ensure that the parties to an appeal from the FTB
understand when the time to file a petition for rehearing starts and when the Board’s decision on
an appeal from the FTB becomes final. Therefore, staff is proposing to:
• Replace references to the word “decision” with reference to the word “determination” in
Regulations 5460, Finality of Decision, and 5463, Decisions on Petitions for Rehearing,
to make the regulations more consistent with the phrasing of RTC section 19047 and to
further aid FTB staff in distinguishing written opinions from “determinations” on appeals
from the FTB; and
• Add language to Regulation 5460, subdivision (a), explaining when the Board’s
determination on an appeal from the FTB becomes final in situations where the
determination is held in abeyance under staff’s proposed amendments to Regulation
5551.
Board staff also understands that there has been some historic confusion about how many
petitions for rehearing a taxpayer may submit with regarding to a single appeal, including an
appeal from the FTB. Therefore, Board staff is proposing to add provisions to Regulation 5460,
subdivision (c), to incorporate the Board’s existing policy with regard to appeals from the FTB,
which is that “no party may file a Petition for Rehearing in response to a Decision on Petition for
Rehearing or the Board’s vote to determine an appeal after a rehearing.” Furthermore, Board
staff is recommending that language be added to subdivision (c) of Regulation 5562,
Recommendation on Petition for Rehearing, to incorporate the Board’s existing policy with
regard to other types of appeals, which is that a taxpayer may not file a petition for rehearing in
response to the Board’s decision to deny a prior petition for rehearing in the same appeal.
Finally, Board staff also proposes to delete unnecessary language from the definition of
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“Decision on Petition for Rehearing” in Regulation 5463, subdivision (a), and make minor
clarifying amendments to Regulation 5463, subdivision (c). All of Board’s staff’s proposed
amendments to chapter 4 of the RTA, including staff’s proposed amendments to Regulations
5451 and 5452 (discussed in regard to the amendments implementing RTC § 40), are illustrated
in strikeout and underline format in Attachment D.
Additional Amendments to Chapter 5 of the RTA
Regulation 5510, General Application of Chapter 5, currently provides that chapter 5 of the RTA
applies to Board hearings under specified tax and fee laws. However, chapter 5 already contains
some provisions, such as Regulation 5522.6, Notice of Board Hearing and Response, that are
applicable to the submission of appeals as nonappearance matters, and Board staff is proposing a
number of amendments that add additional references to nonappearance matters to chapter 5,
including defining the term “nonappearance matter” in Regulation 5511 (as discussed above).
Therefore, Board staff proposes to amend the title of chapter 5 and Regulation 5510,
subdivisions (a) and (b) so that it is clear that chapter 5 applies to all the types of appeals
submitted to the Board for decision under the tax and fee laws specified in subdivision (a), not
just appeals scheduled for a Board hearing. In addition, Board staff proposes to clarify the
citations to the tax and fee laws specified in subdivision (a), including adding a separate
reference and citation to the Fee Collection Procedures Law and clarifying that the Hazardous
Substances Tax Law is applicable to appeals of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee
and Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee and that such appeals are not filed under the
fee laws.
Regulation 5512, Construction, defines commonly used terms, including “must,” “may,” “will”
and “should.” Board staff does not believe that the regulation’s definition for the word “will” is
correct in the context of the RTA because the definition indicates that the word “does not signify
a mandatory duty,” but staff believes that the term “will” is often used to signify a mandatory
duty in the context of the RTA. Furthermore, Board staff does not believe that it is necessary to
define such commonly used terms as “must,” “may,” and “should” specifically because they are
so commonly used. Therefore, Board staff is proposing to delete Regulation 5512 in its entirety.
Regulation 5522.8, Dismissal, Deferral, and Postponement, provides procedures for the
dismissal, deferral, and postponement of appeals. However, Board staff believes that it is
unnecessary for the regulation to refer to both deferrals and postponements because the terms
essentially have the same meaning in the context of Regulation 5522.8, which is to put
something off until a later time. Therefore, Board staff proposes to delete all of the references to
deferrals from Regulation 5522.8 and just leave the reference to postponements. Board staff
understands that there has been confusion as to the meaning of Regulation 5522.8, subdivision
(b)(3)’s provisions providing for postponements due to pending civil or criminal litigation. In
particular, some taxpayers have suggested that the provision requires an appeal to be postponed
if pending litigation may have “any” bearing on the appeal whatsoever; however, the provision is
intended to give the Chief Counsel discretion to postpone an appeal if the Chief Counsel
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determines that pending litigation is likely to have a material bearing on the appeal and that the
Board should wait to decide the appeal until after the Board knows the outcome of the litigation.
Therefore, Board staff is proposing to clarify the provisions of Regulation 5522.8, subdivision
(b)(3), accordingly. Board staff is not aware of any need to notify the Board when an appeal
from the FTB is postponed as a result of a pending bankruptcy proceeding, and staff is proposing
to delete the requirement from Regulation 5522.8, subdivision (b)(4). In addition, Board staff
understands that there has been some confusion regarding the meaning of the provision in
Regulation 5522.8, subdivision (c) regarding the Chief Counsel’s authority to grant additional
postponements for extreme hardship because the provision incorrectly cross-references
subdivision (a). Therefore, staff is proposing to delete the reference to subdivision (a) from
Regulation 5522.8, subdivision (c). Finally, Board staff is proposing minor amendments
throughout Regulation 5522.8 to make the regulation more clear and make the regulation’s
terminology more consistent with Regulation 5511 as proposed to be amended.
Board staff understands that electronic presentations are becoming increasingly more common
and that people are regularly requesting permission to make electronic presentations during their
Board hearings. Therefore, Board staff proposes to add a new subdivision (f) to Regulation
5523.6, Presentation of Evidence or Exhibits, to provide procedures allowing for the use of
electronic presentations at Board hearings. The procedures only permit materials to be presented
electronically if the Board has sufficient equipment to allow electronic presentations, and the
procedures require materials to be submitted at least five days prior to a Board hearing so that
staff has sufficient time to make sure the materials are ready to be electronically presented at the
Board hearing. In addition, Board staff is proposing clarifying amendments to Regulation
5523.6 to delete the reference to “Exhibits” from the title of the regulation because exhibits are
not referred to in the regulation, revise the phrasing of the second sentence in subdivision (a) and
the second sentence in subdivision (b), make the regulations terminology more consistent with
Regulation 5511 as proposed to be amended, and replace the word “refute” with the word
“contest” in subdivision (d).
The Board requires that a taxpayer’s petition for rehearing be signed by the taxpayer or the
taxpayer’s authorized representative to ensure that the petition is authentic. Therefore, Board
staff is proposing to clarify the requirements for filing a petition for rehearing by adding this
requirement to subdivision (a) of Regulation 5561. Board staff has also determined that it is
unnecessary for Regulation 5561 to provide procedures for filing petitions for rehearing because
Regulation 5570 already provides procedures for filing documents during the Board hearing
process, which are substantially similar to the provisions in Regulation 5561. Therefore, Board
staff proposes to delete the filing provisions from Regulation 5561, subdivision (b) and replace
them with a cross-reference to the filing provisions in Regulation 5570. In addition, Board staff
understands that the Board Proceedings Division gives taxpayers 30 days to complete timely
filed submissions which are intended as petitions for rehearing, but do not satisfy all the
requirements of Regulation 5561, subdivision (a). Therefore, Board staff proposes to clarify the
current provisions in Regulation 5561, subdivision (c) regarding the review of submissions that
are intended as petitions for rehearing, and add paragraphs (4) through (6) to Regulation 5561
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subdivision (c) to incorporate the Board Proceedings Division’s current practice of giving
taxpayers time to complete timely filed submissions, clarify that the Board Proceedings Division
will notify the taxpayer if its submission is ultimately rejected, and explain that a taxpayer may
only file one petition for rehearing with regard to the same appeal.
The Appeals Division may recommend that the Board revise its decision on an appeal based on
information presented in a taxpayer’s petition for rehearing, but still recommend that the Board
deny the taxpayer’s request for a rehearing after revising its decision. Therefore, Board staff
proposes to add this procedure to Regulation 5562, subdivision (a), to avoid potential confusion.
Board staff also understands that there is some confusion as to how the Board decides whether to
grant or deny a petition for rehearing and how that decision affects the finality of the Board’s
decision in the appeal to which the petition relates. Therefore, Board staff is proposing to amend
Regulation 5562, subdivision (c) to more clearly explain the options the Board has for deciding a
petition for rehearing, how the Board’s decision to choose each option affects the underlying
appeal to which the petition relates, and when the Board’s decision in the underlying appeal will
become final.
Furthermore, Board staff determined that Regulation 5563, Rehearings, was no longer necessary
because Regulation 5562, as proposed to be amended, will cover all of the same subject matter as
Regulation 5563 currently covers. Therefore, Board staff is proposing to delete Regulation 5563.
Finally, Board staff has determined that the best way for the Board to continue to encourage the
use of electronic means for the filing of documents related to appeals is to be more specific about
how such documents may be filed via electronic means, where currently available. Therefore,
Board staff proposes to amend Regulation 5570 to delete the first sentence of subdivision (a),
which encourages the use of electronic means for the filing of documents related to Board
hearings, and update the Board Proceedings Divisions contact information so that it includes the
division’s current email address and fax number where the division receives documents related
to Board hearings. However, please note that the Board intends to provide more electronic
services through the “eservices” link on its website at www.boe.ca.gov and it is possible that the
eservices link may provide additional instructions for the electronic filing of documents related
to Board hearings in the future. Therefore, Board staff is not recommending deleting the current
provisions of Regulation 5570 permitting documents to be filed in accordance with instructions
on the Board’s website. All of Board’s staff’s proposed amendments to chapter 5 of the RTA,
including staff’s newly proposed amendments to Regulation 5511, staff’s newly proposed
changes to the title of article 5, staff’s revised amendments to Regulation 5551, staff’s revised
amendments adding Regulation 5552, and staff’s revised and additional amendments to
Regulations 5573 and 5574 (discussed in regard to the amendments implementing RTC § 40),
are illustrated in strikeout and underline format in Attachment E.
Summary
Board staff believes that the proposed amendments to chapter 5 of the RTA illustrated in
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Attachments A and discussed above are necessary to incorporate and implement the publication
requirements of RTC section 40. Board staff also believes the proposed amendments to chapters
2 through 4 of the RTA illustrated in Attachments B through D are necessary to make chapters 2
through 4 consistent with the amendments being made to chapter 5 of the RTA to implement,
interpret, and clarify RTC section 40. Board staff also believes that the additional amendments
to chapters 2 through 5 of the RTA illustrated in Attachments B through E are necessary to
address clean-up and housekeeping issues. We invite the interested parties to attend the April 11,
2013, interested parties meeting to discuss the proposed amendments to the RTA and note that
Monday, April 29, 2013, is the deadline for interested parties to submit written comments to staff
in response to this issue paper.
Board staff is scheduled to complete the current project and submit all of its proposed
amendments to the RTA to the Board for consideration during the Board’s June 11-13, 2013
meeting. Board staff also intends to request the Board’s authorization to publish the proposed
amendments at that time.
Prepared by the Legal Department
Current as of 3/28/2013
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Attachment A
5511. Definitions.
The following definitions apply to this chapter, and also apply to chapters 2, 3, and 4 of this
division, unless otherwise indicated as provided therein:
(a) “Appeal” means:
(1) Any petition, including, but not limited to, a petition for redetermination, petition for
reassessment, petition for reconsideration of successor liability, or petition for rehearing;
(2) Administrative protest;
(3) Claim, including a claim for refund;
(3) Appeal from an action of the Franchise Tax Board under chapter 4;
(4) Application, including, but not limited to, an application for administrative hearing; and
(6) Any other item that may be scheduled for a Board hearing conducted in accordance with
chapter 5 of this division, including, but not limited to, requests for relief of taxes, interest, or
penalties.
An appeal is also referred to as a “matter.”
(ab) “Appeals Division” means the Appeals Division of the Board of Equalization’s Legal
Department. “Appeals Staff” means an employee or employees of the State Board of
Equalization assigned to the Appeals Division of the Legal Department.
(bc) “Board” means the Board Members of the State Board of Equalization meeting or acting as
a body, or the agency created by article XIII, section 9, of the California Constitution, as the
context indicates.
(cd) “Board Chair” or “Chair” means the Chairperson of the State Board of Equalization, whom
the Board may choose from time to time.
(e) “Board hearing” means a taxpayer’s opportunity to appear, along with the Department, before
the Board during a Board meeting and present oral arguments regarding issues of fact and law
relevant to the taxpayer’s appeal, also referred to as an “oral hearing” or “hearing.”
(df) “Board Member” means an individual Member of the State Board of Equalization. “Board
Member” includes a deputy appointed by the Controller pursuant to Government Code section
7.6 or 7.9 (as interpreted by the Attorney General), when the deputy is performing the
Controller's statutory duties on the Board.
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(eg) “Board Proceedings Division” means the Board Proceedings Division of the State Board of
Equalization. “Board Proceedings Staff” means an employee or employees of the Board
Proceedings Division.
(fh) “Board Staff” means an employee or employees of the State Board of Equalization. “Board
Member's Staff” refers to Board Staff assigned to the office of a Board Member.
(gi) “Brief” means a written document that contains an argument supporting a party’s position,
whether citing specific laws, regulations, or other authorities or making arguments without citing
to specific authorities including arguments on how laws or regulations apply to the facts
presented in a party's matter. Notwithstanding this definition, affidavits and declarations
submitted by parties, and documents produced by the Appeals Division, including, but not
limited to, hearing summaries and final action recommendations, are not briefs.
(hj) “Chief Counsel” means the Chief Counsel of the State Board of Equalization and any person
to whom the Chief Counsel may delegate his or her official duties from time to time.
(i) “Claimant” means a taxpayer whose matter involves the denial of a claim under any of the
laws listed in section 5510. The term “claimant” includes a taxpayer's authorized representative,
where appropriate.
(jk) “Chief of Board Proceedings” means the Chief of the Board Proceedings Division and any
person to whom the Chief of Board Proceedings may delegate his or her official duties from time
to time. The Chief of Board Proceedings acts as the Clerk of the Board and establishes policy for
the management of the matters to be heard by the Board, including but not limited to scheduling,
issuance of notices, preparation of minutes, and the review and monitoring of documents.
(kl) “Delivery Service” means a trade or business, if such trade or business that delivers
documents in the ordinary course of its business, makes its delivery services available to the
general public, and records the date on which it accepts each document for delivery, either
electronically to its database, kept in the regular course of its business, or on the cover in which a
document is delivered, or bothelectronically to its data base, kept in the regular course of its
business, or marks on the cover in which any item is delivered, the date on which such item was
received by the trade or business for delivery.
(lm) “Department” means the Property and Special Taxes Department of the Board of
Equalization, Sales and Use Tax Department of the Board of Equalization, Special Operations
and Investigations Division of the Legal Department of the State Board of Equalization, Energy
Commission, Department of Fish and Game, Franchise Tax Board, Department of Health
Services, Department of Insurance, Integrated Waste Management Board, Public Utilities
Commission, Department of Toxic Substances Control and Water Resources Control Board,
where appropriate.
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(mn) “Deputy Director” means the Deputy Director of the State Board of Equalization's Sales
and Use Tax Department or Property and Special Taxes Department and any person to whom the
Deputy Director delegates his or her official duties from time to time.
(no) “Executive Director” means the Executive Director of the State Board of Equalization and
any person to whom the Executive Director may delegate his or her official duties from time to
time.
(op) “Extreme hardship” means that a person exercising ordinary care is unable to or restricted
from complying with a provision of this division due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the
person's control, such as illness, death, or disaster.
(q) “Formal Opinion” means a written opinion adopted by the Board that contains the findings of
fact and conclusions of law that form the basis of the Board’s decision on an appeal from an
action of the Franchise Tax Board and which is intended to set precedent.
(p) “Hearing” means a taxpayer's opportunity to appear before the Board during a Board meeting
and present oral arguments regarding issues of fact and law relevant to the taxpayer's matter.
(qr) “Hearing Summary” is an objective, written document intended to assist the Board in its
consideration of and decision on an appeala matter for which a Boardan oral hearing has been
scheduledrequested.
(s) “Memorandum Opinion” means a written opinion adopted by the Board that contains the
findings of fact and conclusions of law that form the basis of the Board’s decision on an appeal,
other than an appeal from an action of the Franchise Tax Board, and which is intended to set
precedent.
(t) “Nonappearance matter” means an appeal submitted to the Board for decision or a written
opinion submitted to the Board for potential adoption on the basis of the written record on file.
(u) “Nonprecedential opinion” means a Summary Decision.
(r) “Matter” means:
(1) Any petition, including, but not limited to, a petition for redetermination, petition for
reassessment, petition for reconsideration of successor liability, petition for review of local
tax reallocation inquiries, or petition for review of district tax redistribution inquiries;
(2) Claim, including a claim for refund;
(3) Appeal from an action of the Franchise Tax Board and related proceedings provided
under chapter 4;
(4) Application for administrative hearing;
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(5) Petition for rehearing; and
(6) Any other item scheduled for a Board hearing in any program listed in section 5510,
including, but not limited to, requests for relief of taxes, interest, or penalties.
(sv) “Party” means the taxpayer and the Department as defined in this section.
(1) In any matter where an agency has requested an oral hearing in accordance with chapter 2
and the taxpayer has not requested an oral hearing, the agency requesting the oral hearing
shall be the Department for purposes of this chapter, and neither the Property and Special
Taxes Department nor the Appeals Division shall be the Department.
(2) For purposes of claims or inquiries regarding the incorrect or non-distribution of local or
district taxes, the term “party” means those persons defined as parties in California Code of
Regulations, title 18, section 1807 or 1828.
(tw) “Person” shall have the same definition as that used in Revenue and Taxation Code section
19.
(x) “Precedential opinion” means a Formal Opinion or Memorandum Opinion.
(uy) “Reasonable cause” means such circumstances thatas would prevent an ordinarily prudent
and competent person exercising ordinary care and diligence from complying with a provision of
this division.
(z) “Summary Decision” means a written opinion adopted by the Board that contains the findings
of fact and conclusions of law that form the basis of the Board’s decision on an appeal and which
is not intended to set precedent.
(vaa) “Tax” means any tax, fee, surcharge, assessment, appraisal review, or exemption program
administered by the Board or another agency and which is the subject of an appealmatter before
the Board.
(wbb) “Taxpayer” means an individual or business entity that is a taxpayer, feepayer, surcharge
payer, appellant, petitioner, applicant, claimant, or any other person who has an appeal before the
Boardliability, assessment, or other matter for Board hearing such as an appeal from the actions
of the Franchise Tax Board, or who is a person directly interested in an appealany matter before
the Board under any of the programs listed in section 5510. A taxpayer is not a party to a claim
or inquiry regarding the incorrect or non-distribution of local or district taxes except as provided
in California Code of Regulations, title 18, section 1807 or 1828. The term “taxpayer” also
includes, where appropriate, the taxpayer's authorized representative.
(xcc) “Section” means a section of title 18 of the California Code of Regulations, unless
otherwise specified.
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(dd) “Written opinion” means a Formal Opinion, Memorandum Opinion, or Summary Decision.
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code. References: Article XIII, Section 17, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 20, 40, 254.5, 254.6, 742, 748, 1840, 5107, 5148, 6074,
6456, 6538, 6538.5, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5, 6596, 6901, 6902, 6906, 6981, 7209, 7223, 7657,
7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8128, 8191, 8828, 8828.5, 8852, 8877, 8878,
8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9152, 9196, 12429, 12636, 12637, 12951, 12977, 12978, 12981, 18533,
19047, 19085, 19104, 19333, 19345, 20645, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30178,
30178.1, 30243, 30243.5, 30262, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30362, 30365, 30421,
32255, 32256, 32256.5, 32257, 32302, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32402, 32402.1, 32404, 32407,
32440, 38433, 38435, 38443, 38452, 38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38602, 38605, 38631, 40093,
40102, 40103, 40103.5, 40104, 40111, 40112, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41096, 41097, 41097.5,
41098, 41100, 41101, 41104, 41107, 43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303, 43351, 43352,
43451, 43452, 43454, 43491, 45155, 45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45352, 45353, 45651,
45652, 45654, 45801, 46156, 46157, 46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353, 46501, 46502,
46505, 46551, 50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4, 50112.5, 50116, 50120.2, 50120.3, 50139, 50140,
50142, 50151, 55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5, 55083, 55102, 55103, 55221, 55222, 55224,
55281, 60209, 60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333, 60352, 60501, 60502, 60506, 60507, 60521,
60522 and 60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
ARTICLE 5. VOTING, AND DECISIONS, AND OPINIONS
5551. Voting and Decisions.
(a) Timing of Board’s Vote on an Appeal. At the conclusion of an oral hearing, theThe Board
may vote to decide an appeal after considering the appeal at a Board hearing or as a
nonappearancethe matter, or the Board may take the appealit under submission and vote to
decide it later at the same meeting or at a subsequent meeting., orThe Board may also vote to
continue a Boardthe hearing to a later date. The Board may also adopt a Memorandum Opinion
in a matter subject to chapter 2 or 3 of this division, or a Summary Decision or Formal Opinion
in a matter subject to chapter 4 of this division, or direct Appeals Staff to draft a Memorandum
Opinion, Formal Opinion, or Summary Decision and submit the opinion or decision to the Board
for consideration as a non-appearance matter at a subsequent meeting. A Formal Opinion or
Memorandum Opinion adopted by the Board may be cited as precedent in any matter or other
proceeding before the Board, unless the opinion has been depublished, overruled, or superseded.
Summary Decisions may not be cited as precedent in any matter or other proceeding before the
Board.
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(b) Written Opinions. The Board may, but is not required to adopt a written opinion to decide an
appeal. The Board may vote to decide an appeal by adopting a written opinion containing its
decision, or the Board may vote to decide an appeal without adopting a written opinion at the
time of the vote.
(1) Before or after the Board votes to decide an appeal, the Board may direct Board staff to
draft a written opinion and submit the opinion to the Board for consideration as a
nonappearance matter at a subsequent meeting.
(2) If the Board votes to decide an appeal for which a written opinion is required by section
5552, but the Board does not adopt a written opinion or direct staff to draft a written opinion
at the time of the vote, then Board staff shall draft a nonprecedential opinion and submit it to
the Board for consideration as a nonappearance matter at a subsequent meeting. In such
cases, the Board’s vote to decide the appeal is not tentative and shall not be held in abeyance,
unless the Board expressly directs staff to hold its decision in abeyance before the decision
becomes final.
(3) If the Board votes to decide an appeal and then directs staff to draft a precedential opinion
for the same appeal before the decision is final, then, unless the Board directs otherwise, the
Board’s vote to decide the appeal will be tentative, and shall be held in abeyance and subject
to change until the Board subsequently votes to adopt a precedential opinion or votes not to
adopt a precedential opinion. However, a vote to decide an appeal described in section 5310,
subdivision (a)(1) or (2) is not tentative and shall be final when made.
(4) A precedential opinion adopted by the Board may be cited as precedent in any matter or
other proceeding before the Board, unless the opinion has been depublished, overruled, or
superseded. Nonprecedential opinions may not be cited as precedent in any matter or other
proceeding before the Board.
(5) A written opinion is not confidential if the Board has already voted to decide the appeal
to which the opinion relates and the Board’s decision is not being held in abeyance pending
the Board’s consideration of the written opinion. In all other circumstances, a written
opinion is confidential unless and until adopted by the Board. In addition, confidential
taxpayer information included in a written opinion prepared for an appeal subject to chapter 2
or 3 of this division is confidential before and after the opinion is adopted, unless the
taxpayer has waived the right to confidentiality as to such information as provided in section
5573 or the opinion is required to be published pursuant to section 5552.
(cb) Dissenting and Concurring Opinions.
(1) If a precedential opinionMemorandum Opinion or Formal Opinion is presented to the
Board for adoption, any Board Member may:
(A) Submit a Dissenting Opinion setting forth the Board Member's rationale for
disagreeing with the opinionMemorandum Opinion or Formal Opinion; or
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(B) Submit a Concurring Opinion setting forth the Board Member's rationale for agreeing
with the result reached in the opiniondecision, if different than the rationale set forth in
the opinionMemorandum Opinion or Formal Opinion.
(2) A Dissenting Opinion or Concurring Opinion submitted under paragraph (1) of this
subdivision is deemed to be adopted on the same date as the precedential
opinionMemorandum Opinion or Formal Opinion to which it relates is adopted, and is
publishable as a supplement to the precedential opinionMemorandum Opinion or Formal
Opinion. A Dissenting Opinion or Concurring Opinion may be cited and relied upon in the
same manner as a dissent or concurrence published in an opinion of the California Supreme
Court or California Courts of Appeal.
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Article XIII, Section 17, California Constitution; Sections 7.9,
11122.5, 11125, 15606 and 15640, Government Code; and Sections 40, 254.5, 254.6, 742, 748,
1840, 5148, 6074, 6456, 6538, 6538.5, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5, 6596, 6901, 6902, 6906, 6981,
7209, 7223, 7657, 7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8128, 8191, 8828, 8828.5,
8852, 8877, 8878, 8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9152, 9196, 12429, 12636, 12637, 12951, 12977, 12978,
12981, 18533, 19047, 19085, 19104, 19333, 19345, 20645, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2,
30177, 30178, 30178.1, 30243, 30243.5, 30262, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30362,
30365, 30421, 32255, 32256, 32256.5, 32257, 32302, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32402, 32402.1,
32404, 32407, 32440, 38433, 38435, 38443, 38452, 38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38602, 38605,
38631, 40093, 40102, 40103, 40103.5, 40104, 40111, 40112, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41096,
41097, 41097.5, 41098, 41100, 41101, 41104, 41107, 43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303,
43351, 43352, 43451, 43452, 43454, 43491, 45155, 45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45352,
45353, 45651, 45652, 45654, 45801, 46156, 46157, 46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353,
46501, 46502, 46505, 46551, 50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4, 50112.5, 50116, 50120.2, 50120.3,
50139, 50140, 50142, 50151, 55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5, 55083, 55102, 55103, 55221,
55222, 55224, 55281, 60209, 60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333, 60352, 60501, 60502, 60506,
60507, 60521, 60522 and 60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5552. Publication.
(a) Adoption. The Board shall adopt a written opinion for each appeal decided by the Board, on
or after January 1, 2013, in which the amount in controversy is five hundred thousand dollars
($500,000) or more.
(b) Publication. If the Board is required to adopt a written opinion pursuant to subdivision (a),
then the Board shall adopt and publish the written opinion on the Board’s Internet website within
120 days after the date upon which the Board’s vote to decide the appeal became final.
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(c) Content. All written opinions required to be adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall
include all of the following:
(1) Findings of fact;
(2) The legal issue(s) presented;
(3) Citation(s) to applicable law;
(4) An analysis of the law and facts;
(5) The disposition of the matter; and
(6) The names of the adopting board members.
(d) Amount in Controversy. “Amount in controversy” means, for purposes of subdivision (a),
the total amount of taxes, fees, penalties, interest and/or other charges directly contested by the
parties to an appeal as of the date the Board’s vote to decide that appeal becomes final.
Consolidated appeals shall be treated as one appeal in calculating the amount in controversy.
“Amount in controversy” does not include taxes, fees, penalties, interest, or other charges that
may be ancillary or related to, or calculated with reference to, directly contested amounts, unless
the taxes, fees, penalties, interest, or other charges are also directly contested. Amount in
controversy shall equal one percent of the difference between the assessed values asserted by the
parties in property tax appeals. If an appeal concerns the reallocation of local or district tax,
amount in controversy includes directly contested taxes that were reported and paid to the Board
prior to the date the Board’s decision on the appeal became final (e.g., taxes reported and paid
for the last quarter for which a return was filed prior to the finality date), and shall not include
taxes that are reported and paid to the Board after the date the Board’s vote to decide the appeal
becomes final.
(e) Application. Subdivision (a) only applies to decisions of the Board acting as a collective
body in open session to resolve a pending dispute regarding an issued assessment of tax or fee or
refund of tax or fee to a taxpayer, or the reallocation of local or district tax, that has been
scheduled and appears as a contested matter before the Board on a Board meeting notice,
including Board hearing and nonappearance matters, except for nonappearance consent calendar
action items.
(f) For purposes of Revenue and Taxation Code section 40, the Board’s decision on an appeal is
rendered on the date that the Board’s vote to decide the appeal becomes final.
Note: Authority: Section 15606, Government Code; Section 40, Revenue and Taxation Code.
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5573. Waiver of Confidentiality.
OralBoard hearings are generally conducted during open session at public meetings held in
accordance with Government Code sections 11120 and 11123.
(a) Appeals from Actions of the Franchise Tax Board. The filing of an appeal under chapter 4
constitutes a waiver of the appellant’s right to confidentiality with regard to all of the
information provided to the Board by the appellant or the Franchise Tax Board, including, but
not limited to, information contained in a hearing summary prepared under section 5444.
(b) Sales and Use Tax, Timber Yield Tax, and Special Taxes and Fees. The filing of a written
request for a Boardan oral hearing before the Board under chapter 2 constitutes a waiver of the
taxpayer’s right to confidentiality with regard to information provided to or obtained by the
Board that is actually disclosed on the transcript of the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing before the
Board or included in the hearing summary prepared for the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing before
the Board.
(c) Property Taxes.
(1) A taxpayer waives its right to confidentiality when the taxpayer:
(A) Files a petition described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(1), (3), or (4) of chapter 3,
and submits a written request for a Boardan oral hearing before the Board; or
(B) Files an application described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(2) of chapter 3.
(2) The waiver described in paragraph (1) of this subdivision only applies to:
(A) The taxpayer’s petition or application filed under chapter 3 of this division, and any
documents filed in support of the petition or application;
(B) Any briefs filed in response to or in support of the taxpayer’s petition or application,
and any documents filed in support of such briefs;
(C) The Hhearing Ssummary or Ssummary Ddecision prepared for the taxpayer’s
Boardoral hearing before the Board; and
(D) Any other information provided to or obtained by the Board that is actually disclosed
on the transcript of the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing before the Board.
(d) Effective Date of Waiver.
(1) A waiver described in subdivision (b) or (c) of this section is effective on the date the
Board issues its first Public Agenda Notice providing public notice of the date and time of
the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing to which the waiver applies.
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(2) A waiver described in subdivision (b) or (c) may be rescinded by the taxpayer at any time
before it becomes effective, if the taxpayer agrees to waive its Boardoral hearing before the
Board. At the time a taxpayer waives a Boardan oral hearing under this paragraph, the
taxpayer may request that the Board decide the taxpayer’s appeal as a nonappearance matter
on the basis of the written record on file without an oral hearing or dismiss the taxpayer’s
appealmatter.
(e) Exceptions.
(1) Protection from Identity Theft.
(A) The waivers described in subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) do not apply to any person’s
address, telephone number, social security number, federal identification number, or
other account number, and such information will not be provided to the public in
response to a request made pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Gov. Code, §§
6250 et seq.).
(B) Nothing in this paragraph prohibits any party to a Board hearing, Board Members, or
Board Staff from referring to information described in this paragraph in briefs filed under
this division, or in a manner that will not disclose any person’s actual address, telephone
number, social security number, federal identification number, or bank account number at
a Boardan oral hearing conducted during an open session at a public meeting.
(2) Closed Session. The waivers described in subdivisions (b) and (c) do not apply to:
(A) Information that is only discussed during a portion of a Boardan oral hearing
conducted during a closed session held pursuant to Government Code section 11126, and
the procedures contained in section 5574; and
(B) The portion of a Hhearing Ssummary, if any, containing information that is only
scheduled to be discussed during a closed session.
(f) Published Opinions. Even in the absence of a waiver, there is no right to confidentiality as to
relevant information that the Board or Board staff includes in a written opinion that is required to
be published pursuant to section 5552.
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution,; Sections 6254,
11124.1, 11125.1, 15606, 15619 and 15640, Government Code; and Sections 40, 251, 743, 833,
1840, 7051, 7056, 8251, 8255, 9251, 9255, 11651, 11655, 13170, 19542, 19545, 30451, 30455,
32451, 32455, 38701, 38705, 38706, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301, 60601
and 60609, Revenue and Taxation Code.
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5574. Request for Portion of BoardOral Hearing Conducted During Closed Session.
(a) Board's Discretion to Conduct Oral Hearings During Closed Session.
(1) In general, the Board may conduct portions of Boardoral hearings requested under
chapter 2 or chapter 3 of this division during a closed session held under Government Code
section 11126.
(2) The Board may not conduct Boardoral hearings requested under the following provisions
during a closed session:
(A) Article 2 of chapter 3 of this division regarding the assessment of unitary or nonunitary property, or an electric generation facility as defined in Revenue and Taxation
Code section 721.5.
(B) Chapter 4 of this division regarding appeals from the actions of the Franchise Tax
Board.
(b) Contents of Requests. Taxpayers may request that the Board conduct a portion of a Boardan
oral hearing requested under chapter 2 or chapter 3 during a closed session. Such a request must
be in writing, specifically identify the appealmatter for which the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing
was requested, and describe the trade secrets or other confidential research, development, or
commercial information, which is likely to be presented at the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing, the
disclosure of which will cause unwarranted annoyance, embarrassment, or oppression.
(c) Manner of Filing and Due Date for Requests. Requests described in subdivision (b) must be
filed with the Chief of Board Proceedings in the manner provided in section 5570 no later than
the due date of the Response to Notice of Board Hearing provided in section 5522.6.
(d) Review of Requests.
(1) Chief Counsel's Review and Recommendation. Upon receipt of a taxpayer’s request for
the Board to conduct a portion of a Boardan oral hearing during a closed session, the Chief
Counsel will:
(A) Review the request to determine whether the appealmatter involves trade secrets or
other confidential research, development, or commercial information the disclosure of
which would cause unwarranted annoyance, embarrassment, or oppression to any person;
(B) Prepare a written recommendation to grant or deny the request; and
(C) Submit the taxpayer's request along with the recommendation to the Board Chair.
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(2) Board Chair's Discretion. Upon receipt of a taxpayer’s request under subdivision (b) and
the Chief Counsel’s recommendation to grant or deny the request, the Board Chair may
direct the Chief of Board Proceedings to schedule the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing so that a
portion of the hearing is conducted during a closed session, if the Board Chair determines
that:
(A) The appealmatter involves trade secrets or other confidential research, development,
or commercial information the disclosure of which would cause unwarranted annoyance,
embarrassment, or oppression to any person; and
(B) Such information is likely to be disclosed if the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing is
conducted solely during an open session at a public meeting.
(3) If a portion of a Boardan oral hearing is scheduled to be conducted during a closed
session pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subdivision, that portion of the Boardoral hearing
must proceed in closed session unless a majority of the quorum present during the closed
session votes in favor of a motion to conduct the entire Boardoral hearing during an open
session.
(4) If a motion is passed in accordance with paragraph (3) of this subdivision, the taxpayer’s
Boardoral hearing must be rescheduled so that the entire hearing can be conducted during an
open session at a public meeting, and the Chief of Board Proceedings shall issue a new
Notice of Board Hearing in accordance with section 5522.6.
(A) The waivers described in subdivision (b) or (c) of section 5573 are effective on the
date the Board issues its first Public Agenda Notice providing public notice of the date
and time of the taxpayer’s rescheduled Boardoral hearing.
(B) The waivers described in subdivision (b) or (c) of section 5573 may be rescinded by
the taxpayer at any time before they become effective, if the taxpayer agrees to waive its
Boardoral hearing before the Board.
(e) Notice of Board Chair’s Decision. The Chief of Board Proceedings must notify the taxpayer
of the Board Chair's decision on a request to conduct a portion of a Boardan oral hearing during
a closed session no later than five days prior to the issuance of the Public Agenda Notice
described in section 5573, subdivision (d).
(f) Definitions. The phrase “trade secrets or other confidential research, development, or
commercial information the disclosure of which will cause unwarranted annoyance,
embarrassment, or oppression” must be interpreted in the same manner as the terms used therein
are interpreted or defined for purposes of Code of Civil Procedure section 2031.060.
(g) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, nothing in this division shall prevent the Board
from publishing a written opinion on its Internet website when required under section 5552.
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Attachment A
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 6254,
11124.1, 11125.1, 15606, 15619 and 15640, Government Code; and Sections 40, 251, 743, 833,
1840, 7051, 7056, 8251, 8255, 9251, 9255, 11651, 11655, 13170, 19542, 19545, 30451, 30455,
32451, 32455, 38701, 38705, 38706, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301, 60601
and 60609, Revenue and Taxation Code.
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ARTICLE 1. APPLICATION OF CHAPTER 2 AND DEFINITIONS
5200. Application of Chapter 2 and Definitions.
This chapter applies to appealspetitions for redetermination, administrative protests, applications
for administrative hearings, claims for refund, and requests for relief filed with the Board under
the:
(a) Sales and Use Tax Law. Part 1 of division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. (pt. 1 of div.
2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(b) Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Law. Part 2 of division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. (pt. 2
of div. 2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(c) Use Fuel Tax Law. Part 3 of division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. (pt. 3 of div. 2 of
the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(d) Tax on Insurers Law. Part 7 of division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. (pt. 7 of div. 2
of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(e) Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law. Part 13 of division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation
Code. (pt. 13 of div. 2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(f) Alcoholic Beverage Tax Law. Part 14 of division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. (pt. 14
of div. 2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(g) Timber Yield Tax Law. Part 18.5 of division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. (pt. 18.5
of div. 2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(h) Energy Resources Surcharge Law. Part 19 of division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
(pt. 19 of div. 2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(i) Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge Law. Part 20 of division 2 of the Revenue and
Taxation Code. (pt. 20 of div. 2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(j) Hazardous Substances Tax Law, which is also applicable to the Childhood Lead Poisoning
Prevention Fee and Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee. Part 22 of division 2 of the
Revenue and Taxation Code. (pt. 22 of div. 2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(k) Integrated Waste Management Fee Law. Part 23 of division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation
Code. (pt. 23 of div. 2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(l) Oil Spill Response, Prevention, and Administration Fees Law. Part 24 of division 2 of the
Revenue and Taxation Code. (pt. 24 of div. 2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
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(m) Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Fee Law. Part 26 of division 2 of the Revenue and
Taxation Code. (pt. 26 of div. 2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(n) Fee Collection Procedures Law. Part 30 of division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. (pt.
30 of div. 2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
(o) Diesel Fuel Tax Law. Part 31 of division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. (pt. 31 of div.
2 of the Rev. & Tax. Code).
The definitions in sections 5511 and 5512 of this division apply to this chapter. Where section
5511 conflicts with this chapter, this chapter controls.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6561, 6814, 6902, 7710, 8128, 8851, 9152, 12428,
12978, 30261, 30362, 32301, 32402, 38441, 38602, 40091, 40112, 41085, 41101, 43301, 43452,
45301, 45652, 46351, 46502, 50114, 50140, 55081, 55222, 60350 and 60522, Revenue and
Taxation Code.
5212. Contents of a Petitions for Redetermination, and Supporting Arguments and
Evidence.
(a) AEvery petition for redetermination must:
(1) Be in writing.
(2) Identify the amounts the taxpayerpetitioner wishes to contest (petitionersthe taxpayer may
contest all or a portion of the amount shown on a notice), if known.
(3) State the specific grounds or reasons why the notice of determination or notice of
deficiency assessment should be reconsidered. (4) Be signed by the taxpayerpetitioner or the taxpayer’spetitioner’s authorized representative.
(b) A petition for redetermination may include a request for an appeals conference conducted
under article 6 of this chapter, a request for a Boardan oral hearing before the Board, or both. If a
petition for redetermination only includes a request for an appeals conference, a Boardan oral
hearing before the Board may still be requested in accordance with section 5266.
(c) The filing of a completed form provided by the Board for use as a petition for
redetermination will satisfy the requirements of subdivision (a).
(d) A taxpayerpetitioner may submit copies of any supporting written arguments or documentary
evidence along with its petition for redetermination.
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Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38442, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601,
Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6561.5, 7710.5, 8851.5, 12428, 30261.5,
32301.5, 38442, 40092, 41086, 43302, 45302, 46352, 50115, 55082 and 60351, Revenue and
Taxation Code.
5215. Scope of Petitions for Redetermination Filed Under Hazardous Substances Tax Law.
(a) Hazardous or Extremely Hazardous Waste. All petitions for redetermination filed under
Revenue and Taxation Code section 43301 will be acknowledged. However, no determination
will be made as to whether any substance is a hazardous or extremely hazardous waste. A
petition for redetermination based upon such grounds will be forwarded to the Director of the
California Department of Toxic Substances Control for determination in accordance with
Revenue and Taxation Code section 43301, and may not be considered until after the Director of
the California Department of Toxic Substances Control has made his or her determination.
(b) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee.
(1) A petition for redetermination of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee may be
founded upon any grounds, including such grounds as:
(A) The taxpayer’spetitioner’s industry did not contribute in any manner to
environmental lead contamination;
(B) The taxpayer’spetitioner’s lead or lead containing product does not currently or did
not historically result in quantifiable persistent lead contamination; or
(C) The amount of the fee assessed does not reflect the taxpayer’spetitioner’s market
share or is incorrectly computed.
(2) A petition founded upon grounds described in subparagraphs (A), (B), or (C) of
paragraph (1) will not be acted upon until after the California Department of Public
HealthState Director of Health Services has acted upon the taxpayer’spetitioner’s application
for exemption from the fee or reassessment of the fee. Applications for exemption
mustshould be submitted to the California Department of Public HealthState Department of
Health Care Services in the manner provided in California Code of Regulations, title 17,
section 33040. Applications for reassessment mustshould be submitted to the California
Department of Public HealthState Department of Health Services in the manner provided in
California Code of Regulations, title 17, section 33050.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43301, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601,
Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Section 43301, Revenue and Taxation Code; and
Section 105310, Health and Safety Code.
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5215.4. Scope of Petitions for Redetermination Filed Under Covered Electronic Waste
Recycling Fee.
All petitions for redetermination of the Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Fee filed in
accordance with section 5216 will be acknowledged. However, no determination will be made as
to whether an item is or is not a covered electronic device. A petition for redetermination based
upon such grounds will be forwarded to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control
for determination in accordance with Public Resources Code section 42464.6.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Section 42464.6, Public Resources Code.
5215.6. Scope of Petition for Redetermination Filed Under Water Rights Fee Law.
Under Water Code section 1537, a petition for redetermination under the Fee Collection
Procedures Law should be filed with the State Water Resources Board if the petition requests
reconsideration of aA determination by the State Water Resources Control Board regarding the
amount of the water rights fee or that a person or entity is required to pay such fee is subject to
review under chapter 4 of part 1 of division 2 of the Water Code and is not subject to review by
the Board as part of a petition for redetermination.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Section 1537, Water Code.
5216. Filing Petitions for Redetermination.
(a) The Board encourages the use of electronic means (e.g., facsimile, e-mail, etc.) for the filing
of petitions and related documents. A petition or related document may be filed electronically
transmitted (e.g., facsimile, e-mail, etc.) to the Boardunder this section if an electronic copy of such
document is transmitted to the fax number or email address specified for the appropriate section
or branch (collectively section)group identified in subdivision (b) for the tax or fee law at issue.
A petition or related document may also be electronically transmitted to the Board in accordance
with instructions provided on the Board’s website at www.boe.ca.gov.
(b) A petitionPetitions for redetermination and related documents may also be hand delivered to
the Board’s headquarters at 450 N Street, in Sacramento, California or mailed to the address
provided below for the particular tax or fee law at issue, at the mailing address provided below:
(1) Sales and Use Tax Law.
Petitions Section, MIC: 38
State Board of Equalization
P.O. Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0038
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[email protected]
916-324-0678
PETITIONS SECTION, MIC: 38
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
P.O. BOX 942879
SACRAMENTO, CA 94279-0038
(2) Hazardous Substances Tax Law (Except Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee),
Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee, Water Rights Fee, Covered Electronic Waste
Recycling Fee, Tire Recycling Fee, Integrated Waste Management Fee, and Marine Invasive
Species Fee Collection Law, Tax on Insurers Law, Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law,
Alcoholic Beverage Tax Law, Energy Resources Surcharge Law, Emergency Telephone
Users Surcharge, Natural Gas Surcharge, Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Law, Use Fuel Tax Law,
Oil Spill Response, Prevention, and Administration Fees Law, Underground Storage Tank
Maintenance Fee Law, Diesel Fuel Tax Law, and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee.
Appeals and Data Analysis Branch, MIC: 33
State Board of Equalization
P.O. BOX 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0033
[email protected]
916-323-9497
ENVIRONMENTAL FEES DIVISION, MIC: 57
AUDIT UNIT
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
P.O. BOX 942879
SACRAMENTO057
(3) Tax on Insurers Law, Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law, Alcoholic Beverage Tax
Law, Energy Resources Surcharge Law, Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge, and Natural
Gas Surcharge.
EXCISE TAXES DIVISION, MIC: 56
REFUND AND PETITION GROUP
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
P.O. BOX 942879
SACRAMENTO, CA 94279-0056
(4) Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Law, Use Fuel Tax Law, Oil Spill Response, Prevention, and
Administration Fees Law, Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Fee Law, Diesel Fuel
Tax Law, and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee.
FUEL TAX DIVISION, MIC: 30
PETITION GROUP
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
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P.O. BOX 942879
SACRAMENTO, CA 94279-0030
(53) Timber Yield Tax Law.
Timber Tax Section, MIC: 60
State Board of Equalization
P.O. Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0060
[email protected]
(916) 324-3984
TIMBER YIELD TAX SECTION, MIC: 60
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
P.O. BOX 942879
SACRAMENTO, CA 94279-0057
(c) The Chief of Board Proceedings may reject any petition for redetermination or related
document filed in any manner that is not authorized by this section.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6561, 6814, 7710, 8851, 12428, 30175, 30261, 32301,
38441, 40091, 41085, 43301, 45301, 46351, 50114, 55081 and 60350, Revenue and Taxation
Code.
5217. Assignment and Acknowledgment of Petitions for Redetermination.
(a) After receipt, of a petition for redetermination, will be assigned to the appropriate section or
group listed in section 5216 based upon the type of tax or fee at issue.
(b) Once a petition for redetermination is assigned, Board Staff from the assigned section or
group will promptly send the taxpayerpetitioner a letter acknowledging receipt of the petition for
redetermination and containing the assigned section’s, which will contain the contact information
for the assigned section or group.
(cb) If necessary, the acknowledgement letter may request additional documentary evidence to
support the petition for redetermination.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6562, 7711, 8852, 12429, 30175, 30262, 32302, 38443,
40093, 41087, 43303, 45303, 46353, 50116, 55083 and 60352, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5218. Review of the Petition by the Assigned Section.
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(a) Initial Review of Petition. Board Staff from theThe assigned section must review the petition,
notice of determination, and any other relevant information.
(b) Referral of Petitionto District Office or Board Section. Board Staff from theThe assigned
section may refer the petition to Board Staff in the district office or Board sectionSection that
issued the notice being petitioned for further investigation and comment, but any findings
resulting from such referral are tentative and subject to review by the assigned section. The
assigned section shall promptly notify the taxpayer of such a referral, provide assistance needed
to complete the investigation, monitor the progress of the district office or other Board section to
which the petition is referred, and respond to the taxpayer’s requests for updates regarding such
progress.
(c) Scope of Review. Board Staff from theThe assigned section must look for consistency,
adequacy of procedures, proper application of law, and consideration of any recent law changes
or Board Memorandum Opinions that may affect the audit or investigation findings, where
appropriate.
(d) Notice of Findings. Upon completion of the review, Board Staff from the assigned section
must advise the taxpayer ofpresent its findings in writing to the petitioner.
(e) All Findings in Taxpayer’s Favor. Where the findings of the assigned section are that all
matters put into dispute by the petition should be resolved in the taxpayer’s favor, the taxpayer
will be advised that, unless the taxpayer informs the assigned section in writing within 30 days
that its findings do not resolve all matters and that there does remain some matter in dispute, the
appeal will be resolved in accordance with the assigned section’s findings, subject to Board
approval if applicable.
(f) Any Finding is Not in Taxpayer’s Favor.
(1) Where the findings of the assigned section are that some or all of the matters put into
dispute by the petition should not be resolved in the taxpayer’s favor and the taxpayer has not
previously requested a Board hearing or appeals conference, then the taxpayer will be
advised that, unless the taxpayer makes a written request for a Board hearing or appeals
conference to the assigned section within 30 days, the taxpayer’s petition will be resolved in
accordance with the assigned section’s findings, subject to Board approval if applicable. If
the taxpayer submits a written request within 30 days for a Board hearing or appeals
conference, the appeal will be forwarded to the Board Proceedings Division for the
scheduling of an appeals conference; otherwise, the appeal will be resolved in accordance
with the assigned section’s findings, subject to Board approval if applicable.
(2) Where the findings of the assigned section are that some or all of the matters put into
dispute by the petition should not be resolved in the taxpayer’s favor and the taxpayer has
previously requested a Board hearing or appeals conference, then the taxpayer will be
advised that the petition will be forwarded to the Board Proceedings Division for the
scheduling of an appeals conference, unless the assigned section asks the taxpayer to confirm
its prior request.
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(A) Reasons for asking for confirmation include that the taxpayer failed to respond to
requests for additional supporting information or documentation, or that the assigned
section believes that the taxpayer acquiesces in its findings.
(B) If the assigned section asks the taxpayer to confirm its prior request, then the assigned
section will state the reason it is asking for confirmation, and will also explain that,
unless the taxpayer confirms in writing to the assigned section within 30 days that the
taxpayer still wants a Board hearing or appeals conference, the taxpayer’s petition will
be resolved in accordance with the assigned section’s findings, subject to Board approval
if applicable.
(C) If the taxpayer confirms in writing within 30 days that the taxpayer still wants a
Board hearing or appeals conference, the petition will be forwarded to the Board
Proceedings Division for the scheduling of an appeals conference; otherwise, the appeal
will be resolved in accordance with the assigned section’s findings, subject to Board
approval if applicable.
(g) If the Deputy Director of the Department that issued the notice of determination or notice of
deficiency assessment concludes that the findings of the assigned section are in error, he or she
may revise the findings at any time prior to the earlier of the date the Board approves the
findings, if applicable, or the date the taxpayer’s Notice of Redetermination becomes final, and,
if so, must advise the taxpayer accordingly. If a Deputy Director changes a finding that was in
favor of a taxpayer to a finding that is not in favor of the taxpayer, then the taxpayer will be
advised of the change and that, unless the taxpayer makes a written request for a Board hearing
or appeals conference within 30 days, the taxpayer’s petition will be resolved in accordance with
the change, subject to Board approval if applicable.
(h) Board Approval. Where the findings of the assigned section are that an appeal should be
granted in whole or in part and that tax and penalty in excess of $100,000 should be refunded,
credited, or canceled or that a fraud or evasion penalty in any amount should be canceled, the
appeal will be submitted to the Board for approval of the findings as a nonappearance item, at
which time:
(1) The Board may approve the findings.
(2) The Board may exercise its discretion to make its own determination as to whether
the appeal should be granted, denied, or granted in part and denied in part, without further
documentation or testimony from the taxpayer, but may do so with respect to an appeal
for which the taxpayer has a statutory right to a Board hearing only if the result will be
more favorable to the taxpayer than the result based on the findings of the assigned
section.
(C) Where the appeal is one for which the taxpayer has a statutory right to a Board
hearing, the Board may order that the taxpayer be offered the opportunity for an appeals
conference or Board hearing after which the Board will make its own determination as to
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whether the appeal should be granted, denied, or granted in part and denied in part. The
Board Proceedings Division will thereupon send a letter to the taxpayer advising that the
taxpayer may request an appeals conference or Board hearing within 30 days, and
otherwise the matter will be presented to the Board for decision. If the taxpayer
thereafter timely requests an appeals conference or Board hearing, the Board Proceedings
Division will scheduled an appeals conference, and otherwise, the appeal will be
presented to the Board for decision as a nonappearance item, at which time the Board will
make a determination as to whether the appeal should be granted, denied, or granted in
part and denied in part, without further documentation or testimony from the taxpayer.
(e) Agreement or Disagreement. If the petitioner agrees with the Board staff's findings, or fails to
request an appeals conference, and/or oral hearing, or both a notice of redetermination will be
issued in accordance with such findings.
(If the petitioner disagrees with any portion of Board staff's findings, and indicates that
disagreement by requesting an appeals conference conducted under article 6 of this chapter, or
by requesting or confirming a previous request for an oral hearing, Board Staff from the assigned
section must prepare a summary analysis.
(f) The summary analysis is a written summary of the petitioner's contentions regarding the
notice of determination or notice of deficiency assessment, the position of the Department that
issued the notice, and the reasons Board Staff from the assigned section believes that the
Department's position should be sustained in whole or in part.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6562, 7711, 8852, 12429, 30175, 30262, 32302, 38443,
40093, 41087, 43303, 45303, 46353, 50116, 55083 and 60352, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5219. Preparation and Mailing of the Summary Analysis and Scheduling the Appeals
Conference.
Before the assigned section forwards an appeal to the Board Proceedings Division for the
scheduling of an appeals conference, it will first prepare a summary analysis which sets forth the
taxpayer’s contentions regarding the notice of determination or notice of deficiency assessment,
the position of the Department that issued the notice, and the reasons the assigned section
believes that the Department’s position should be sustained in whole or in part. Once the
summary analysis is completed, Board Staff from theThe assigned section or group will then
mail a copy of the summary analysis to the taxpayer and forward the petition file to the Board
Proceedings Division and mail a copy of the summary analysis to the petitioner. Anfor the
scheduling of an appeals conference will then be scheduled in accordance with article 6 of this
chapter.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
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and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6562, 7711, 8852, 12429, 30175, 30262, 32302, 38443,
40093, 41087, 43303, 45303, 46353, 50116, 55083 and 60352, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5220. Premature or Untimely Petition May Be Treated as an Administrative Protest.
(a) If an appeal is filed as a petition for redetermination is filed prior to or after the expiration of
the applicable time periods provided for in section 5211, the appeal does not qualify as a valid
petition for redetermination. However, such an appeal may be treated as an administrative
protest if the Deputy Director of the Department that issued the notice being disputed by the
taxpayer determines, in his or her discretion, that the there is a reasonable basis to believe that
there may be an error in the taxpayer’s notice.premature or untimely petition may be treated as
an administrative protest when determined by the Deputy Director of the Department that issued
the petitioned notice. Board Staff shall advise persons filing premature petitions to file timely
petitions.
(b) If a premature or untimely appealpetition is treated as an administrative protest, the
administrative protest will be reviewed in the same manner as a petition for redetermination,
except that requests for an appeals conference or Board hearing may be denied, although such
request will be liberally granted.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of this section:
(1) A request for an appeals conference conducted under article 6 of this chapter may be
denied on an administrative protest, however, such requests will be liberally granted; and
(2) A request for an oral hearing before the Board may be denied on an administrative
protest, however, such requests will be liberally granted.
(dc) A claim for refund should be filed for each payment made on an administrative protest.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6981, 8191, 9196, 12951, 30421, 32440, 38631, 40121,
41107, 43491, 45801, 46551, 50151, 55281 and 60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5222. Persons Who May FileFiling a Petition for Redetermination of a Jeopardy
Determination.
(a) The person against whom a jeopardy determination is made or the person’s authorized
representative may file a petition for redetermination of the jeopardy determination and related
documents.
(b) The Board encourages the use of electronic means (i.e., facsimile, e-mail, etc.) to file
petitions for redetermination and related documents. A petition for redetermination of a jeopardy
determination or related document may be filed as specified in section 5216. Such documents
may also be mailed or electronically transmitted to the Board at the mailing address, fax
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number, or email address provided on the Notice of Jeopardy Determination. electronically if an
electronic copy of such document is transmitted to the appropriate section identified in the notice
of jeopardy determination in accordance with instructions provided on the Board's website at
www.boe.ca.gov.
(c) The provisions of section 5215.6 apply to a jeopardy determination issued under the Water
Rights Fee Law.
(c) A petition for redetermination of a jeopardy determination and related documents may also be
hand delivered to the Board’s headquarters at 450 N Street in Sacramento, California, or mailed
to the address provided on the notice of jeopardy determination. The Chief of Board Proceedings
may reject any petition for redetermination of a jeopardy determination or related document filed
in any manner that is not authorized by this section.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6538, 7700, 8828, 30243, 32312, 38433, 43351, 45352,
46302, 50120.2, 55102 and 60332, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5224. Review of Petition for Redetermination of Jeopardy Determination.
(a) A petition for redetermination of a jeopardy determination may raise any objections the
taxpayerpetitioner has to the notice of jeopardy determination, including objections to the
appropriateness of issuing the notice of jeopardy determination.
(b) The administrative review of a petition for redetermination of a jeopardy determination
follows the same procedures applicable to the review of other petitions for redetermination under
article 2A of this chapter and will be done promptly.
(c) The scope of the Board’s review of aA petition for redetermination of a jeopardy
determination issued under the Hazardous Substances Tax Law, or Covered Electronic Waste
Recycling Fee, or Water Rights Fee Law is limited as provided in will be reviewed in accordance
with sections 5215, and 5215.4, and 5215.6, respectively.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6538, 7700, 8828, 30243, 32312, 38433, 43351, 45352,
46302, 50120.2, 55102 and 60332, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5225. Persons Who May File an Application for Administrative Hearing; Manner of Filing;
and Consolidation with Petition.
(a) The person against whom a jeopardy determination is made may file an application for an
administrative hearing for one or more of the following purposes:
(1) To establish that the jeopardy determination is excessive.
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(2) To establish that the sale of the property that may be seized after issuance of the jeopardy
determination, or any part thereof, should be delayed pending the administrative hearing
because the sale would result in irreparable injury to the person.
(3) To request the release of all or part of the property to the person.
(4) To request a stay of collection activities.
(5) To request administrative review of any other issue raised by the jeopardy determination.
(b) The Board encourages the use of electronic means (e.g., facsimile, e-mail, etc.) for the filing
of applications for administrative hearings and related documents. An application for an
administrative hearing or related document may be filed in the manner specified in section 5222
for the filing of a petition for redetermination of a jeopardy determination electronically under
this section if an electronic copy of such document is transmitted to the appropriate section or
group identified in the notice of jeopardy determination in accordance with instructions provided
on the Board's website at www.boe.ca.gov. An application for an administrative hearing and
related documents may also be filed by mailing the application and related documents to the
address shown on the notice of jeopardy determination, or hand delivering the application and
related documents to the Board's headquarters at 450 N Street in Sacramento, California. The
Chief of Board Proceedings may reject any application for an administrative hearing or related
document filed in any manner that is not authorized by this section.
(c) If an application is filed under this section and a petition is filed under section 5222, the
application and petition will be consolidated into one administrative hearing.
(d) A petition for redetermination of a jeopardy determination issued under the Tax on Insurers
Law or Water Rights Fee Law must be filed in accordance with section 5214 and 5215.6,
respectively.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 6538.5, 7051, 7700.5,
8251, 8828.5, 9251, 13170, 30243.5, 30451, 32313, 32451, 38435, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43352,
45353, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50120.3, 50152, 55103, 55301, 60333 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6538.5, 7700.5, 8828.5, 30243.5, 32313, 38435, 43352,
45353, 50120.3, 55103 and 60333, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5230. Persons Who May File a Claim for Refund; Limitations on Certain Claims.
(a) Any person, supplier, distributor, insurer, surplus line broker, user, or tax or fee payer who
believes that it has overpaid a tax or fee, or interest or penalty thereon, or other refundable
amount to the Board may file a claim for refund. An authorized representative may file a claim
for refund on such a person’s' behalf.
(b) Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Law. A claim for refund based upon the following grounds
mustshould be filed with the Controller and is not governed by this chapter:
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(1) The motor vehicle fuel was purchased and used for a purpose other than operating motor
vehicles on public highways in California.
(2) The motor vehicle fuel was exported for use outside of California.
(3) The motor vehicle fuel was sold to the armed forces of the United States for use in ships
or aircraft, or for use outside of California in a manner that would qualify for an exemption
under Revenue and Taxation Code section 7401.
(4) The motor vehicle fuel was purchased for and used in construction equipment, which is
exempt from vehicle registration under the Vehicle Code.
(5) The claimant is a supplier who sold motor vehicle fuel to a consulate office or consulate
employee under circumstances that would have entitled the supplier to an exemption under
Revenue and Taxation Code section 7401, subdivision (a)(4).
(6) The claimant is a supplier that:
(A) Removed motor vehicle fuel from a rack and paid tax on that removal, or purchased
tax-paid motor vehicle fuel outside the bulk transfer/terminal system; and
(B) Delivered the tax-paid motor vehicle fuel to another approved terminal from which
the supplier subsequently removed the tax-paid motor vehicle fuel at the terminal rack
and paid a second tax on the same amount of motor vehicle fuel.
(7) The claimant is a supplier who purchased tax-paid motor vehicle fuel in the bulk
transfer/terminal system and subsequently removed the tax-paid motor vehicle fuel at the
terminal rack, and paid tax upon the same amount of motor vehicle fuel twice.
(8) The claimant provides public transportation services and used tax-paid motor vehicle fuel
to propel passenger carrying vehicles used for the transportation of persons for hire,
compensation, or profit.
(9) The claimant paid tax attributable to the distribution of motor vehicle fuel for use or used
in propelling a vessel operated by its owner on waters located on private property owned or
controlled by it.
(c) Hazardous Substances Tax Law.
(1) All claims for refund filed under Revenue and Taxation Code section 43452 will be
acknowledged. However, no determination will be made as to whether any substance is a
hazardous or extremely hazardous waste. A claim for refund based upon such grounds will
be forwarded to the Director of Toxic Substances Control for determination in accordance
with Revenue and Taxation Code section 43452.
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(2) A claim for refund required to be forwarded to the Director of Toxic Substances Control
under paragraph (1) will not be considered until after the Director of Toxic Substances
Control has made his or her determination.
(3) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee.
(A) All claims for refund of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee will be
acknowledged. A claim for refund of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee may
be founded upon any grounds, including such grounds as:
(i) The taxpayer’spetitioner’s industry did not contribute in any manner to
environmental lead contamination;
(ii) The taxpayer’spetitioner’s lead or lead containing product does not currently or
did not historically result in quantifiable persistent lead contamination; or
(iii) The amount of the fee assessed does not reflect the taxpayer’spetitioner’s market
share or is incorrectly computed.
(B) A claim for refund described in clauses (i), (ii), or (iii) of subparagraph (A) will not
be acted upon until after the California Department of Public HealthState Director of
Health Services has acted upon the taxpayer’sclaimant’s application for exemption from
the fee or reassessment of the fee. Applications for exemption shallshould be submitted to
the California Department of Public HealthState Department of Health Care Services in
the manner provided in California Code of Regulations, title 17, section 33040.
Applications for reassessment shallshould be submitted to the California Department of
Public HealthState Department of Health Services in the manner provided in California
Code of Regulations, title 17, section 33050.
(d) Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Fee. All claims for refund of the Covered Electronic
Waste Recycling Fee will be acknowledged. However, no determination will be made as to
whether an item is or is not a covered electronic device. Claims for refund based upon such
grounds will be forwarded to the Department of Toxic Substances Control for determination in
accordance with Public Resources Code section 42464.6.
(e) Water Rights Fee Law. A claim for refund filed under the Fee Collection Procedures Law
that is based upon the assertion that the State Water Resources Control Board improperly or
erroneously determined that a person or entity was required to pay a water rights fee or the
amount of such fee will not be accepted. A claim for refund based upon these grounds should be
directed to the State Water Resources Control Board. However, the Board will accept a claim for
refund based upon such grounds This prohibition does not apply if the determination referred to
in the claim for refund has already been set aside by the State Water Resources Control Board or
a court reviewing the determination. A determination by the State Water Resources Control
Board regarding the amount of the water rights fee or that a person or entity is required to pay
such fee is subject to review under chapter 4 of part 1 of division 2 of the Water Code.
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Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6901, 6902, 8101, 8101.1, 8101.6, 8101.7, 8102, 8126,
8128, 9151, 9152, 12977, 12978, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30361, 30362, 32401, 32402,
32407, 38601, 38602, 40111, 40112, 41100, 41101, 43451, 43452, 45651, 45652, 46501, 46502,
50139, 50140, 55221, 55222, 60501, 60502, 60507, 60521 and 60522, Revenue and Taxation
Code; and Section 1537, Water Code.
5233. Filing Claims for Refund.
(a) The Board encourages the use of electronic means (i.e., facsimile, e-mail, etc.) for the filing
of claims for refund and related documents. A claim for refund or related document may be filed
as specified in section 5216 for the filing of a petition for redetermination. electronically under
this section if an electronic copy of such document is transmitted to the appropriate section or
group identified in subdivision (b) or (c) for the tax or fee law at issue in accordance with
instructions provided on the Board's website at www.boe.ca.gov.
(b) However, a claimClaims for refund orand related documents filed under the Sales and Use
Tax Law must be directed to the section listed below, and, if mailed or electronically transmitted
(via email or facsimile), must may also be mailed or transmitted to the:
Audit Determination and Refund Section, MIC: 39
State Board of Equalization
P.O. Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0039
[email protected]
(916) 445-2202
(c) Other claims for refund and supporting documents may be mailed to the address provided in
this subdivision for the particular tax or fee law at issue:
(1) Hazardous Substances Tax Law (Except Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee),
Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Fee, Integrated Waste Management Fee Law, Tire
Recycling Fee, Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee, Water Rights Fee Law, and Marine
Invasive Species Fee Collection Law.
Environmental Fees Division, MIC: 57
Audit Unit
State Board of Equalization
P.O. Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0057
(2) Tax on Insurers Law, Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law, Alcoholic Beverage Tax
Law, Energy Resources Surcharge Law, Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge, and Natural
Gas Surcharge.
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Excise Taxes Division, MIC: 56
Refund and Petition Group
State Board of Equalization
P.O. Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0056
(3) Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Law, Use Fuel Tax Law, Oil Spill Response, Prevention, and
Administration Fees Law, Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Fee Law, Diesel Fuel Tax
Law, and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee.
Fuel Tax Division, MIC: 30
Refund Group
State Board of Equalization
P.O. Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0030
(4) Timber Yield Tax Law.
Timber Yield Tax Section, MIC: 60
State Board of Equalization
P.O. Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0060
(d) A claim for refund and related documents may also be hand delivered to the Board's
headquarters at 450 N Street in Sacramento, California.
(e) The Chief of Board Proceedings may reject any claim for refund or related document filed in
any manner that is not authorized by this section.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6902, 8128, 9152, 12978, 30178, 30178.1, 30362,
32402, 32402.1, 32407, 38602, 40112, 41101, 43452, 45652, 46502, 50140, 55222, 60501,
60502, 60507, 60521 and 60522, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5235. Action on the Claim for Refund.
(a) Once a claim for refund has been reviewed, Board Staff from the assigned section will
recommend that the claim be:
(1) Granted in its entirety.
(2) Granted in part and denied in part.
(3) Denied in its entirety.
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(b) If Board Staff in the assigned section or group recommends that a claim be granted in its
entirety, itBoard Staff will:
(1) Send the taxpayerclaimant a notice of refund showing the amount to be refunded (subject
to the Board approval requirements of section 5237, if applicable); and
(2) Have a refund warrant prepared and sent to the taxpayerclaimant after determining if such
amounts should be credited or offset against other liabilities as provided in section 5238.
(c) If Board Staff in the assigned section recommends that any claim be denied in whole or in
part, itBoard Staff will send the taxpayerclaimant a letter containing its recommendation and an
explanation of its reasons for making such recommendation. The letter will also advise that,
unless the taxpayer makes a written request to the assigned section within 30 days for an appeals
conference or Board hearing, the taxpayer’s claim for refund will be resolved in accordance with
the assigned section’s findings, subject to Board approval pursuant to section 5237, if applicable.
(1) If the taxpayer submits a written request for a Board hearing or appeals conference within
30 days and the request is not denied under section 5236, the assigned section will prepare a
summary analysis which sets forth the taxpayer’s contentions and the reasons the assigned
section believes that the claim for refund should be denied, in whole or in part. The assigned
section will then mail a copy of the summary analysis to the taxpayer and will forward the
claim file to the Board Proceedings Division for the scheduling of an appeals conference in
accordance with article 6 of this chapter.
(2) If the taxpayer does not submit a written request for appeals conference or Board hearing
within 30 days or where such a request is submitted but denied under section 5236, the
assigned section will, subject to Board approval pursuant to section 5237, if applicable, send
the taxpayer a notice of denial of claim for refund denying the claim in whole or in part, as
applicable.
(d) A claimant receiving a letter described in subdivision (c) may choose to agree or disagree
with the recommendation in whole or in part.
(1) If the claimant agrees with a recommendation to grant a partial refund, Board Staff in the
appropriate section will send the claimant a notice of refund showing the partial refund
(subject to the requirements of section 5237). Thereafter, Board Staff in the assigned section
or group will have a refund warrant prepared and sent to the claimant, but only after
determining if such amounts should be credited or offset against other liabilities as provided
in section 5238.
(2) If the claimant agrees with a recommendation to deny a refund in its entirety, Board Staff
in the assigned section will send the claimant a notice of denial of claim for refund.
(3) If the claimant disagrees with a proposed recommendation to grant a partial refund or
deny a refund in its entirety, the claimant may request that the recommendation be
reconsidered in an:
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(A) Appeals conference conducted under article 6 of this chapter; and/or
(B) Oral hearing before the Board.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6901, 6902, 6906, 8126, 8128, 9151, 9152, 12977,
12978, 12981, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30178, 30178.1, 30361, 30362, 30365, 32401,
32402, 32402.1, 32404, 32407, 38601, 38602, 38605, 40111, 40112, 40115, 41100, 41101,
41101.1, 41104, 43451, 43452, 43454, 45651, 45652, 45654, 46501, 46502, 46505, 50139,
50140, 50142, 55221, 55222, 55224, 60501, 60502, 60507, 60521 and 60522, Revenue and
Taxation Code.
5237. Board Approval Required for Refunds Over $100,000.
(a) If Board Staff in the assigned section or group determines that a refund in excess of $100,000
should be granted, the recommendation for the proposed refund must be submitted to the Board
for approval except where such a claim is for a duplicate or erroneous payment made through the
electronic funds transfer program, where such a claim is one for overpayment of diesel fuel tax
filed under Revenue and Taxation Code section 60501 or 60502, or where such a claim is for
overpayment of insurance tax prepayments.
(b) Once the recommendation is submitted to the Board, the Board has discretion to make its
own determination as to whether the claim for refund should be granted, denied, or granted in
part and denied in parta refund is warranted and in what amount, and maywill do so without
further documentation or testimony from the claimant. Where the Board approves a refund, the
assigned section will send the taxpayer a notice of refund showing the amount to be refunded,
and will have a refund warrant prepared and sent to the taxpayer after determining if such
amounts should be credited or offset against other liabilities as provided in section 5238.
(c) Proposed determinations to grant claims for refund of duplicate or erroneous payments made
through the electronic funds transfer program are exempt from the requirements of subdivision
(a).
(d) Proposed determinations to grant claims for refund of duplicate or erroneous payments made
through the electronic funds transfer program in excess of $100,000 must be submitted to the
Executive Director for approval. If the Executive Director approves, Board Staff in the assigned
section will send the claimant a notice of refund showing the amount to be refunded, and shall
have a refund warrant prepared and sent to the claimant.
(e) Diesel Fuel Tax Law. Claims for refund filed under Revenue and Taxation Code sections
60501 and 60502 may be approved without complying with the requirements of this section.
(fe) If Board Staff in the assigned section determines that a refund in excess of $100,000 should
be denied, and the claimant has not requesteddisagreed with such determination by requesting an
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appeals conference with the Appeals Division or Boardoral hearing before the Board, or
confirmed a prior request for such a conference or hearing, or such prior requests were denied,
the recommendation to deny the refund must be submitted to the Board for approval as provided
in subdivision (a). If the Board approves the assigned section’s determination, the assigned
section will send the taxpayer a notice of denial of claim for refund in accord with that
determination.
(g) If the assigned sectionBoard Staff determines that a refund in excess of $50,000 should be
granted and the determination is not required to be submitted to the Board, the proposed
determination must be available as a public record for at least 10 days prior to its effective date.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6901, 8126, 9151, 12977, 30361, 32401, 38601, 40111,
41100, 43451, 45651, 46501, 50139, 55221 and 60521, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5240. Persons Who May File, Contents of, and Manner of Filing Requests for Innocent
Spouse Relief (Sales and Use Tax, Including State-Administered Local Sales, Transactions,
and Use Taxes).
(a) Who May Request Relief. A divorced or separated individual that has a sales or use tax
liability and meets the requirements of California Code of Regulations, title 18, section 1705.1,
subdivision (a), may file a request for innocent spouse relief with the Board regarding taxes and
fees imposed under the Sales and Use Tax Law, Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Law, Use Fuel Tax
Law, Diesel Fuel Tax Law, Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law, Alcoholic Beverage Tax
Law, Timber Yield Tax Law, Energy Resources Surcharge Law, Emergency Telephone Users
Surcharge Law, Hazardous Substances Tax Law, Integrated Waste Management Fee Law, Oil
Spill Response, Prevention and Administration Fee Law, Underground Storage Tank
Maintenance Fee Law, and Fee Collection Procedures Law.
(b) Request Requirements. A request for innocent spouse relief must be:
(1) In writing.
(2) Signed and dated by the individual requesting relief.
(3) Specifically request innocent spouse tax relief.
(4) Identify the tax or fee from which relief is sought.
(5) Contain all of the information requested on Form BOE-682-A, including a specific
explanation as to why the individual requesting relief believes he or she should not be held
responsible for the tax liability at issue.
(c) Use of Forms. A request for innocent spouse relief prepared and filed on a completed Form
BOE-682-A satisfies the requirements of subdivision (b).
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(d) Limitation Period. A request for innocent spouse relief must be filed with the Board within
the applicable time periods provided in California Code of Regulations, title 18, section 1705.1,
subdivision (e), or section 4903, subdivision (e).
(e) Filing Requests. The Board encourages the use of electronic means (i.e., facsimile, e-mail,
etc.) for the filing of request for innocent spouse relief and related documents. A request for
innocent spouse relief or related document may be filed electronically under this section if a
copy of the document is transmitted to the Offer in Compromise Section in accordance with
instructions provided on the Board's website at www.boe.ca.gov. Requests for innocent spouse
relief may be mailed to the Offer in Compromise Section at the following address:
Offer in Compromise Section, MIC: 52
State Board of Equalization
P.O. Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0052
A request for innocent spouse relief and related documents may also be hand delivered to the
Board's headquarters at 450 N Street in Sacramento, California, or submitted to a collector that is
already assigned to the account at issue. The Chief of Board Proceedings may reject any request
for innocent spouse relief or related document filed in any manner that is not authorized by this
section.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152 and 55301, Revenue and Taxation
Code. Reference: Sections 6456, 7202, 7203, 7261, 7262, and 7270, 7657.5, 8880, 30285,
32258, 38454.5, 40105, 41099, 43159.1, 43159.2, 45158, 46159, 50112.6 and 55045.1, Revenue
and Taxation Code.
5241. Acknowledgement and Review of Requests for Innocent Spouse Relief.
(a) Assignment and Review. Once received, a request for innocent spouse relief will be assigned
to Board Staff in When the Offer in Compromise Section receives a request for innocent spouse
relief, itwho will:
(1) Send the individual requesting relief an acknowledge letter containing the contact
information for the Offer in Compromise Section. (2) Inform the non-requesting spouse that the request has been filed and the basis for the
request, and permit the non-requesting spouse to submit information to support or counter the
request.
(3) Evaluate the merits of the request.
(4) Request additional documentation from the individual requesting relief, if necessary.
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(b) Granted Request for Innocent Spouse Relief. If Board Staff in the Offer in Compromise
Section approves a request for innocent spouse relief, Board Staffit will prepare and send the
individual who requested relief a letter explaining the relief that was granted.
(c) Denied Request for Innocent Spouse Relief. If Board Staff in the Offer in Compromise
Section denies a request for innocent spouse relief, Board Staffit will:
(1) Prepare and send the individual requesting relief a letter explaining why the request was
denied; and
(2) If it appears that the individual requesting relief might be eligible for other equitable
relief as provided in California Code of Regulations, title 18, section 1705.1, subdivision
(h),or section 4903, subdivision (h), Board Staff in the Offer in Compromise Section will
include a questionnaire and financial statement for the individual requesting relief to
complete and return.
(d) Requests for Other Equitable Relief. If the individual requesting relief returns a completed
questionnaire and financial statement, Board Staff in the Offer in Compromise Section will
review the documents to see if other equitable relief is warranted using the factors provided in
California Code of Regulations, title 18, section 1705.1, subdivision (h), or section 4903,
subdivision (h). Once this review is completed, the Offer in Compromise SectionBoard Staff will
mail the individual requesting relief a letter granting or denying equitable relief and explaining
why such relief was granted or denied.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Section 6456, 7202, 7203, 7261, 7262 and 7270, Revenue and
Taxation Code.
5242. Requests for Reconsideration by the Board.
(a) If a request for other equitable relief is denied, the individual requesting relief may request
that the denial be reconsidered by the Board at a Boardan oral hearing as provided in California
Code of Regulations, title 18, section 1705.1, subdivision (h), or section 4903, subdivision (h). A
request for a Boardan oral hearing may be denied on a request for other equitable relief,
however, requests will be liberally granted.
(b) A BoardAn oral hearing may be requested by following the instructions contained inon the
denial letter described in section 5241, subdivision (d).
(c) If a request for a Boardan oral hearing is granted, the individual requesting relief may be
required to participate in an appeals conference with the Appeals Division prior to the Boardoral
hearing.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Section 7051, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Section 6456, 7202, 7203, 7261, 7262 and 7270, Revenue and
Taxation Code.
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5247. Authority to Grant Relief Due to Reasonable Reliance on Written Advice and
Contents of Requests for Relief Due to Reasonable Reliance on Written Advice.
(a) A person may be relieved from liability for the payment of a tax or fee imposed under the tax
and fee laws identified in subdivision (c), including any penalties and interest added thereto,
where the liabilities resulted from the person’s failure to make a timely report, return or payment
and such failure is found to be due to reasonable reliance on:
(1) Written advice given under the conditions set forth in California Code of Regulations,
title 18, section 1705, subdivision (b) or section 4902, subdivision (b); or
(2) Written advice given in a prior audit of that personin the form of an annotation or legal
ruling of counsel under the conditions set forth in California Code of Regulations, title 18,
section 1705, subdivision (c) or section 4902, subdivision (c); or
(3) Written advice in the form of an annotation or legal ruling of counselgiven in a prior audit
of that person under the conditions set forth in California Code of Regulations, title 18,
section 1705, subdivision (d) or 4902, subdivision (d); or
(4) Written advice requested by a trade or industry association or franchisor, on the person’s
behalf, under the conditions set forth in California Code of Regulations, title 18, section
1705, subdivision (e) or section 4902, subdivision (e).
(b) Written advice may only be relied upon by the person to whom it was originally issued or a
legal or statutory successor to that person.
(c) This section applies to taxes and fees imposed under the Sales and Use Tax Law, Motor
Vehicle Fuel Tax Law, Use Fuel Tax Law, Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law, Alcoholic
Beverage Tax Law, Timber Yield Tax Law, Energy Resources Surcharge Law, Emergency
Telephone Users Surcharge Law, Hazardous Substances Tax Law, Integrated Waste
Management Fee Law, Oil Spill Response, Prevention and Administration Fee Law,
Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Fee Law, Fee Collection Procedures Law, and the
Diesel Fuel Tax Law.
(d) A request for relief due to reasonable reliance upon written advice must:
(1) Be in writing;
(2) Include the specific facts upon which the request for relief is based;
(3) Be signed by the person requesting relief under penalty of perjury; and
(4) Include an attached copy of the person’s written request for written advice and a copy of
the written advice relied upon.
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Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6596, 7657.1, 8879, 30284, 32257, 38454, 40104,
41098, 43159, 45157, 46158, 50112.5, 55045 and 60210, Revenue and Taxation Code.
ARTICLE 5. CLAIMS (INQUIRIES) OF INCORRECT OR NON
DISTRIBUTIONPETITIONS FOR REALLOCATION OF LOCAL AND DISTRICT
TAXES
5250. Filing and Reviewing Claims and Inquiries Regarding Incorrect or Non-Distribution
of Local and District Taxes.
(a) A claim or inquiry regarding the incorrect or non-distribution of local or district taxes must
meet the requirements of California Code of Regulations, title 18, sections 1807 and 1828,
respectively.
(b) The Board encourages the use of electronic means for the filing of claims and inquiries. A
claim or inquiry, or supporting document, may be filed electronically under this section if it is
transmitted to the Allocation Group in accordance with instructions provided on the Board's
website at www.boe.ca.gov. A claim or inquiry, or supporting document, may also be hand
delivered to the Board's headquarters at 450 N Street in Sacramento, California, or mailed to the:
Allocation Group
Audit Determination and Refund Section, MIC: 39
Board of Equalization
P.O. Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0039
The Chief of Board Proceedings may reject any claim or inquiry, or related document, filed in
any manner that is not authorized by this section.
(c) A petition for reallocation of local or district tax must be filedclaim or inquiry will be
acknowledged and shall be reviewed in accordance with the procedures contained in California
Code of Regulations, title 18, section 1807 or 1828.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7202, 7203, 7261, 7262,
7270, Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 7209 and 7223, Revenue and Taxation
Code.
ARTICLE 5.5: CIGARETTE AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS LICENSING ACT
APPEALS AND PETITIONS FOR RECOVERY OF SEIZED CIGARETTE AND
TOBACCO PRODUCTS.
Regulation 5255. Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act Appeals.
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Petitions for redetermination regarding the denial of licenses to sell cigarette and tobacco
products and appeals of Warning Notices and Notices of Violation issued under the Cigarette and
Tobacco Products Licensing Act of 2003 must be filed in accordance with chapter 9.5
(commencing with section 4500) of division 2 of title 18 of the California Code of Regulations
and shall be reviewed as provided therein.
Note: Authority cited: Section 22971.2, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections
22973.1, 22974.7, 22977.2, 22978.7, 22979 and 22979.7, Business and Professions Code.
Regulation 5256. Petitions for Recovery of Seized Cigarette and Tobacco Products.
Petitions to request the recovery of cigarette and tobacco products seized pursuant to the
Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law (Rev. & Tax. Code, § 30001 et seq.) or the Cigarette
and Tobacco Products Licensing Act of 2003 (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 22970 et seq.) must be filed
in accordance with chapter 9.5 (commencing with section 4500) of division 2 of title 18 of the
California Code of Regulations and shall be reviewed as provided therein.
Note: Authority cited: Section 22971.2, Business and Professions Code; and Section 30451,
Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 22974.3, 22978.2 and 22980.2, Business and
Professions Code; and Section 30438, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5262. Requests to Reschedule or Postpone Appeals Conferences.
(a) The Board encourages the use of electronic means (i.e., facsimile, e-mail, etc.) for the filing
of requests to postpone or reschedule an appeals conference. A request to postpone or reschedule
an appeals conference may be submittedfiled electronically under this section if it is transmitted
to the Board Proceedings Division in accordance with instructions provided for the return of the
Response to Notice of Appeals Conference formon the Board's website at www.boe.ca.gov.
Requests to postpone or reschedule an appeals conference may also be hand delivered to the
Board's headquarters at 450 N Street in Sacramento, California, or mailed to the:
Board Proceedings Division, MIC: 97
State Board of Equalization
P.O. Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0097
(916) 324-3984
The Chief of Board Proceedings may reject any request to postpone or reschedule an appeals
conference filed in any manner that is not authorized by this section.
(b) Rescheduling. An appeals conference will be rescheduled only to a date within 30 days of the
previously scheduled conference date, and only for a video or telephone conference or an inperson conference either at the Board’s headquarters or at an office in southern California
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designated by the Board Proceedings Division. A party’s initial written request to reschedule an
appeals conference will be granted. A party’s subsequent written request to reschedule an
appeals conference will only be granted if the Chief of Board Proceedings determines that there
is reasonable cause. If there is a scheduling conflict for an appeals conference scheduled to be
held in-person at headquarters, by videoconference or by telephone, the appeals conference may
be rescheduled with the same conference holder generally within 30 days to accommodate the
parties. At the discretion of the Chief Counsel, a second rescheduling may be allowed. Board
Proceedings Staff may reschedule an appeals conference scheduled to be heard at a district office
to a different district office, to headquarters, to a videoconference, or a telephone conference, or
may postpone the appeals conference to the same district office as provided in subdivision (c).
(c) Postponement. An appeals conference will not be rescheduled to a date more than 30 days
after the previously scheduled conference date, but may, instead, be postponed. Postponements
are only applicable to appeals conferences that are scheduled at a district office. A postponement
results in the case beingWhen an appeals conference is postponed, the appeal is placed back into
the inventory of unassigned cases and reassigned to a conference holder at a later date. When
that appeal is thereafter scheduled for an appeals conference, the Board Proceedings Division
will notify the taxpayer as specified in section 5161. If a party files a written request forrequests
a postponement of an appeals conference byto be held at a district office within 15 days after the
return date specified inof the Response to Notice of Appeals Conference formsent by Board
Proceedings Staff and has sufficient justification for requesting the postponement, the request
will be granted if the Chief of Board Proceedings determines that there is reasonable causemay
allow the postponement. If a party requests a postponement of the appeals conference later than
15 days after the return date specified inof the Response to Notice of Appeals Conference form,
or files a second or subsequent request for a postponement, the request will be granted only if the
Chief of Board Proceedings determines that there is reasonable cause and that the postponement
will not unduly delay the appeal.and can demonstrate extreme hardship (e.g., illness, death,
disaster) for requesting the postponement, the Chief Counsel may allow the postponement. The
Chief Counsel may only grant a party's second or subsequent request to postpone a previously
postponed appeals conference if the party requesting postponement can demonstrate extreme
hardship, however, a previously postponed appeals conference may be rescheduled as provided
in subdivision (b).
(d) The Board Proceedings Division may also reschedule or postpone an appeals conference at
the request of the Appeals Division for reasonable cause, including unavailability of the
scheduled conference holder due to illness or because of the departure of the scheduled
conference holder from the Appeals Division.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6074, 6456, 6538, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5, 6596,
6814, 6901, 6902, 6906, 6981, 7657, 7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8128,
8191, 8828, 8828.5, 8852, 8877, 8878, 8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9152, 9196, 12429, 12636, 12637,
12951, 12977, 12978, 12981, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30178, 30178.1, 30243,
30243.5, 30262, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30362, 30365, 30421, 32255, 32256,
32256.5, 32257, 32302, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32402, 32402.1, 32404, 32407, 32440, 38433,
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38435, 38443, 38452, 38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38602, 38605, 38631, 40093, 40102, 40103,
40103.5, 40104, 40111, 40112, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41096, 41097, 41097.5, 41098, 41100,
41101, 41104, 41107, 43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303, 43351, 43352, 43451, 43452,
43454, 43491, 45155, 45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45352, 45353, 45651, 45652, 45654,
45801, 46156, 46157, 46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353, 46501, 46502, 46505, 46511,
50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4, 50112.5, 50116, 50120.2, 50120.3, 50139, 50140, 50142, 50151,
55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5, 55083, 55102, 55103, 55221, 55222, 55224, 55281, 60209,
60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333, 60352, 60501, 60502, 60506, 60507, 60521, 60522 and
60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5264. Conducting the Appeals Conference; Parties to the Appeals Conference; Nature of
the Appeals Conference; Additional SubmissionsFailure to Appear.
(a) Appeals Staff. The appeals conference will be held by an Appeals Division conference holder
whoAppeals Staff that has not had any prior involvement in the appealmatter being discussed at
the appeals conference. It is the responsibility of the Appeals DivisionAppeals Staff to take a
fresh look at the law and the facts and make the Appeals Division’sAppeals Staff’s own
objective recommendation.
(b) Department Representative. Generally, one or more representativesBoard Staff from the
appropriate Department will be present at the appeals conference to provide the Department’s
position in the appealreasons for determining that a tax or fee is due, a claim for refund should be
denied, or a request for relief should not be granted. Where appropriate, other Board Staff may
be present at the appeals conference.
(c) Other Agency Representatives. A representative from another state agency may be present at
appeals conferences where the tax or fee at issue is administered by the representative's agency.
Such a representative will provide his or her agency’s position in the appealreasons for
determining that the tax or fee at issue is due or should not be refunded.
(d) Nature of Appeals Conference. The appeals conference is not an adversarial proceeding; it is
an informal discussion of the relevant facts and applicable laws. As such, itIt is important that all
relevant information be presented to the Appeals DivisionAppeals Staff.
(1) A party may submit additional written arguments and documentary evidence to the Appeals
DivisionAppeals Staff at any time before or during the appeals conference, but may do so after
the conference only with the consent of the Appeals Division. (When possible, such arguments
and evidence should be submitted within 10 days of receipt of a Notice of Appeals Conference.)
(21) If any party requests permission to submit additional written arguments, and
documentary evidence, or both after at the appeals conference and the conference holder
concludes that the additional submission should be accepted, he or she willAppeals Staff may
grant that party at least 15 days, but not more than 30 days without the consent of the
Assistant Chief Counsel of the Appeals Division, after the appeals conference to submit such
arguments and evidence. The conference holder will also grant the other party at least 15
days, but not more than 30 days without the consent of the Assistant Chief Counsel of the
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Appeals Division, to respond after that submission.If there is sufficient justification, Appeals
Staff may also grant the requesting party an additional 15 days to submit additional written
arguments and documentary evidence. Appeals Staff may not grant further extensions of time
to submit additional written arguments and documentary evidence without the approval of
the Assistant Chief Counsel of the Appeals Division or his or her designee.
(2) The Appeals Division may, at any time before the appeal is final, request additional
written argument, analysis, or documentation from any party, and when it does so, will
determine how long to provide the party to respond and will so inform the party. The
Appeals Division will also determine whether a response should be submitted by the other
party, and if so will advise that party when the response is due.
(3) If a party submits additional written arguments and documentary evidence after the
appeals conference, the other party will be granted 15 days to respond to such arguments and
evidence.
(e) Failure to Appear. If a petitioner, claimant, or person requesting relief, or an authorized
representative fails to appear at an appeals conference, Appeals Staff will still hold the appeals
conference as scheduled.
(f) Once the appeals conference is concluded, Appeals Staff will take the petition, claim for
refund, or request for relief under consideration.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6074, 6456, 6538, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5, 6596,
6814, 6901, 6902, 6906, 6981, 7081, 7657, 7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126,
8128, 8191, 8828, 8828.5, 8852, 8877, 8878, 8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9152, 9196, 12429, 12636,
12637, 12951, 12977, 12978, 12981, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30178, 30178.1,
30243, 30243.5, 30262, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30362, 30365, 30421, 32255,
32256, 32256.5, 32257, 32302, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32402, 32402.1, 32404, 32407, 32440,
38433, 38435, 38443, 38452, 38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38602, 38605, 38631, 40093, 40102,
40103, 40103.5, 40104, 40111, 40112, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41096, 41097, 41097.5, 41098,
41100, 41101, 41104, 41107, 43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303, 43351, 43352, 43451,
43452, 43454, 43491, 45155, 45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45352, 45353, 45651, 45652,
45654, 45801, 46156, 46157, 46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353, 46501, 46502, 46505,
46511, 50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4, 50112.5, 50116, 50120.2, 50120.3, 50139, 50140, 50142,
50151, 55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5, 55083, 55102, 55103, 55221, 55222, 55224, 55281,
60209, 60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333, 60352, 60501, 60502, 60506, 60507, 60521, 60522
and 60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5266. Appeals Staff Recommendations; Requests for Reconsideration; Requests for
BoardOral Hearings; Supplemental Decision and Recommendation.
(a) The Appeals DivisionStaff may make the following recommendations in the Decision and
Recommendation:
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(1) Deny the appealpetition, claim, or request for relief in its entirety.
(2) Grant the appealpetition, claim, or request for relief in its entirety.
(3) Grant the appealpetition, claim, or request for relief in part.
(4) That Board Staff in the appropriate Department perform a reauditre-audit the issues raised
in the petition, claim, or request for relief as specified in the Decision and Recommendation.
(b) If the Decision and Recommendation recommends denial of the appealpetition, claim, or
request for relief in whole or in part or a reaudit, the taxpayerpetitioner, claimant or person
requesting relief may submit, within 30 days after the issuance of the Decision and
Recommendation or the issuance of the letter from the Appeals Division explaining the results of
the reaudit:
(1) File aA written request for reconsideration to the Appeals DivisionAppeals Staff to
reconsider the petition, claim, or request for relief no later than 30 days after the Decision
and Recommendation was issued. The request must identify the specific issue or issues for
which reconsideration is sought, and must explain the reasons the taxpayer disagrees with the
Decision and Recommendation, the results of the reaudit, or both; or
(2) Disagree and file aA written request for a Boardan oral hearing to the Board Proceedings
Division if the taxpayer has not previously done so.before the Board no later than 30 days
after the Decision and Recommendation was issued. (A petitioner, claimant, or person
requesting relief who has previously requested an oral hearing before the Board on the same
petition, claim, or request for relief does not need to request an oral hearing at this time.)
(A) If an oral hearing is or was previously requested, Board Proceedings Staff will
schedule an oral hearing before the Board, unless that request is waived. However, an
oral hearing will not be provided if a request for a discretionary oral hearing is denied.
(BA) If a Boardan oral hearing has been requested, but the Appeals Division believes the
taxpayer acquiesces in the recommendation of the Appeals Division or it is unclear
whether the taxpayerpetitioner, claimant or person requesting relief disagrees with any
portion of its Decision and Recommendation, the Appeals Division may ask the taxpayer
to confirm the request for Board hearing. (or supplemental Decision and
Recommendation) Board Staff will:
(i) Contact the petitioner, claimant, or person requesting relief to inquire as to the
existence of such disagreement; and
(ii) Only schedule an oral hearing before the Board if the petitioner, claimant, or
person requesting relief confirms that such disagreement exists.
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(B) If a Board hearing is requested and, if applicable, confirmed, the Board Proceedings
Division will schedule a Board hearing, unless that request is waived. However, a Board
hearing will not be provided if a request for a discretionary Board hearing is denied.
(3) Agree with the Decision and Recommendation.
(c) If the Decision and Recommendation recommends that the appeala petition, claim, or request
for relief be granted in whole or in part or a reaudit, the Department represented at the appeals
conference, and any state agency represented at the appeals conference, may:
(1) FileThe Department and any state agency represented at the appeals conference may
submit a written request for reconsideration to the Appeals Divisionfor Appeals Staff to
reconsider the petition, claim, or request for relief within 30 days after the issuance of the
Decision and Recommendation or letter from the Appeals Division explaining the results of
the reauditwas issued. The request must identify the specific issue or issues for which
reconsideration is sought, and must explain the reasons the Department or other state agency
disagrees with the Decision and Recommendation, the results of the reaudit, or both.
(2) Agree with the Decision and Recommendation.
(d2) Notwithstanding subdivision (c), if the Decision and Recommendation recommends that
a petition, claim for refund, or request for relief be granted in whole or in part, anyAny state
agency represented at the appeals conference may submitfile a written request for a Boardan
oral hearing to the Board Proceedings Division,before the Board no later than within 30 days
after the issuance of the Decision and Recommendation or letter from the Appeals Division
explaining the results of the reauditwas issued. If a Boardan oral hearing is requested, the
Board Proceedings DivisionStaff will schedule a Boardan oral hearing before the Board,
unless that request is waived. However, a Boardan oral hearing will not be provided if a
request for a discretionary Boardoral hearing is denied.
(d) If a party submits a timelyIf Appeals Staff receive a request for reconsideration, as provided
in subdivisions (b)(1) and (c)(1) of this section, the Appeals Division Appeals Staff will prepare
a Supplemental Decision and Recommendation to respond toaddressing any new information
provided in the request for reconsideration and address any other matter the Appeals Division
deems warranted, a copycopies of which will be sent to each partyall parties.
(1) The Appeals DivisionAppeals Staff may also issue a Supplemental Decision and
Recommendation when it deems it appropriate to do so, including where no party has filed a
timely request for reconsiderationas necessary to clarify or correct the information, analysis,
or conclusion contained in a Decision and Recommendation or prior Supplemental Decision
and Recommendation. For example, while the Appeals Division is not required to do so, it
may issue a Supplemental Decision and Recommendation to respond to a request for
reconsideration submitted in response to a Supplemental Decision and Recommendation or
otherwise filed more than 30 days after the issuance of the Decision and Recommendation or
the letter explaining the results of a reaudit.
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(2) A Supplemental Decision and Recommendation must satisfy all the requirements of
section 5265, subdivision (c), as relates to the issues addressed in the Supplemental Decision
and Recommendation, and may make the recommendations listed in subdivision (a) above.
(3) The provisions for requesting a Board hearing following the issuance of a Decision and
Recommendation set forth in subdivisions (b)(2) and (c)(2) of this section are applicable to
the issuance of a Supplemental Decision and Recommendation.
(f) If a Decision and Recommendation or Supplemental Decision and Recommendation
recommends that a petition, claim, or request for relief be granted in whole or in part and the
amount granted exceeds $100,000, the recommendation will be sent to the Board for approval.
Once the recommendation is submitted to the Board, the Board has discretion to make its own
determination as to whether the petition, claim, or request should be granted and in what amount,
and will do so without further documentation or testimony from the claimant, unless the claimant
has requested and been granted an oral hearing before the Board regarding a partial denial of the
same claim for refund.
(g) If a Decision and Recommendation or Supplemental Decision and Recommendation
recommends that an amount that exceeds $50,000 be refunded, credited or canceled and the
recommendation does not require Board approval, the proposed determination to refund, credit,
or cancel such amount must be available as a public record for at least 10 days prior to its
effective date. If a Decision and Recommendation or Supplemental Decision and
Recommendation recommends that an amount that exceeds $15,000, which was determined
pursuant to the Integrated Waste Management Fee Law, be canceled and the recommendation
does not require Board approval, the proposed determination to cancel such amount must be
available as a public record for at least 10 days prior to its effective date.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6074, 6456, 6538, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5, 6596,
6814, 6901, 6902, 6906, 6981, 7657, 7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8128,
8191, 8828, 8828.5, 8852, 8877, 8878, 8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9152, 9196, 12429, 12636, 12637,
12951, 12977, 12978, 12981, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30178, 30178.1, 30243,
30243.5, 30262, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30362, 30365, 30421, 32255, 32256,
32256.5, 32257, 32302, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32402, 32402.1, 32404, 32407, 32440, 38433,
38435, 38443, 38452, 38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38602, 38605, 38631, 40093, 40102, 40103,
40103.5, 40104, 40111, 40112, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41096, 41097, 41097.5, 41098, 41100,
41101, 41104, 41107, 43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303, 43351, 43352, 43451, 43452,
43454, 43491, 45155, 45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45352, 45353, 45651, 45652, 45654,
45801, 46156, 46157, 46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353, 46501, 46502, 46505, 46511,
50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4, 50112.5, 50116, 50120.2, 50120.3, 50139, 50140, 50142, 50151,
55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5, 55083, 55102, 55103, 55221, 55222, 55224, 55281, 60209,
60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333, 60352, 60501, 60502, 60506, 60507, 60521, 60522 and
60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5267. Issuance of Post Appeals Conference Notices; Board Approval.
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The following rules apply where there is no timely request for Board hearing, or a request for a
discretionary Board hearing has been denied, following the issuance of the Decision and
Recommendation or, if applicable, Supplemental Decision and Recommendation.
(a) The recommendation of the Appeals Division will be held in abeyance, if:
(1) The facts and circumstances involved in the taxpayer’s appeal are similar to the facts and
circumstances involved in another pending matter;
(2) The Appeals Division’s recommendation to grant or deny the taxpayer’s appeal in whole
or in part may have a direct or indirect effect on the outcome of the other pending matter; and
(3) The Chief Counsel determines that the Department, the Appeals Division, or the Board
needs to review or decide the other pending matter in conjunction with the taxpayer’s appeal.
(b) Except as provided in subdivision (a), where the Appeals Division recommends that an
appeal be granted in whole or in part and that tax and penalty (excluding for fraud or evasion)
not exceeding $100,000 be refunded, credited, or canceled, a Notice of Redetermination,
Statement of Account, or Notice of Refund will be promptly issued based on that
recommendation.
(c) Except as provided in subdivision (a), where the Appeals Division recommends that an
appeal be granted in whole or in part and that tax and penalty in excess of $100,000 be refunded,
credited, or canceled or that a fraud or evasion penalty in any amount be canceled, the
recommendation will be submitted to the Board for approval as a nonappearance item, at which
time:
(1) The Board may approve the recommendation.
(2) The Board may exercise its discretion to make its own determination as to whether the
appeal should be granted, denied, or granted in part and denied in part, without further
documentation or testimony from the taxpayer, but may do so with respect to an appeal for
which the taxpayer has a statutory right to a Board hearing only if the result will be more
favorable to the taxpayer than the result recommended by the Appeals Division.
(3) Where the appeal is one for which the taxpayer has a statutory right to a Board hearing,
the Board may order that the taxpayer be offered the opportunity for a Board hearing after
which the Board will make its own determination as to whether the appeal should be granted,
denied, or granted in part and denied in part. The Board Proceedings Division will thereupon
send a letter to the taxpayer advising that the taxpayer may request a Board hearing within 30
days, and otherwise the matter will be presented to the Board for decision. If the taxpayer
thereafter timely requests a Board hearing, the Board Proceedings Division will scheduled
the requested hearing, and otherwise, the appeal will be presented to the Board for decision
as a nonappearance item, at which time the Board will make a determination as to whether
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the appeal should be granted, denied, or granted in part and denied in part, without further
documentation or testimony from the taxpayer.
(d) If a Decision and Recommendation or, if applicable, Supplemental Decision and
Recommendation, recommends that an amount determined pursuant to the Integrated Waste
Management Fee Law exceeding $15,000 be canceled, or otherwise recommends that an amount
exceeding $50,000 be refunded, credited, or canceled, and the recommendation does not require
Board approval, the proposed action to refund, credit, or cancel such amount must be available as
a public record for at least 10 days prior to its effective date.
(a) A Notice of Redetermination, Statement of Account, Notice of Refund, or Denial of Claim
will be issued based on a Decision and Recommendation if:
(1) The petitioner, claimant, or person requesting relief and the department or other agency
represented at the appeals conference agree with the Decision and Recommendation in its
entirety;
(2) The petitioner, claimant, person requesting relief, or another agency represented at the
appeals conference do not request an oral hearing before the Board; or
(3) The petitioner, claimant, or person requesting relief's request for a discretionary oral
hearing is denied.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (a), a Notice of Determination, Statement of
Account, or Notice of Refund will not be issued based upon a Decision and Recommendation if:
(1) The Decision and Recommendation recommends granting a petition or claim for refund
because the petitioner or claimant:
(A) Accepted a valid resale or exemption certificate; or
(B) Did not issue a valid resale or exemption certificate.
(2) Appeals Staff recommends imposing a related liability on:
(A) The person who issued the resale or exemption certificate described in subparagraph
(A) of paragraph (1) of this subdivision; or
(B) The person who sold tangible personal property without receiving a valid resale or
exemption certificate from the petitioner or claimant described in paragraph (1) of this
subdivision;
(3) The person described in paragraph (2) has requested and been granted an oral hearing to
contest Appeals Staff's recommendation; and
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(4) The Chief Counsel determines that both matters should be consolidated for an oral
hearing before the Board.
(c) For purposes of this section, references to “Decision and Recommendation” include
Supplemental Decisions and Recommendations described in section 5266.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6074, 6456, 6538, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5, 6596,
6814, 6901, 6902, 6906, 6981, 7657, 7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8128,
8191, 8828, 8828.5, 8852, 8877, 8878, 8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9152, 9196, 12429, 12636, 12637,
12951, 12977, 12978, 12981, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30178, 30178.1, 30243,
30243.5, 30262, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30362, 30365, 30421, 32255, 32256,
32256.5, 32257, 32302, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32402, 32402.1, 32404, 32407, 32440, 38433,
38435, 38443, 38452, 38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38602, 38605, 38631, 40093, 40102, 40103,
40103.5, 40104, 40111, 40112, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41096, 41097, 41097.5, 41098, 41100,
41101, 41104, 41107, 43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303, 43351, 43352, 43451, 43452,
43454, 43491, 45155, 45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45352, 45353, 45651, 45652, 45654,
45801, 46156, 46157, 46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353, 46501, 46502, 46505, 46511,
50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4, 50112.5, 50116, 50120.2, 50120.3, 50139, 50140, 50142, 50151,
55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5, 55083, 55102, 55103, 55221, 55222, 55224, 55281, 60209,
60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333, 60352, 60501, 60502, 60506, 60507, 60521, 60522 and
60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5270. Requirements for Briefs; Briefing Schedule; Non-Party Briefs; Additional Briefing.
(a) Optional Briefing. If a party to an Appeals Conference or person requesting relief is granted a
hearing before the Board, theThe parties to a Boardsuch hearing may submit briefs in accordance
with the rules set forth in this section. However, all briefs permitted to be filed under this section,
other than briefs required by paragraphs (1) and (3) of subdivision (f), are optional.
(b) Requirements for Briefs.
(1) Timeliness. All briefs must be filed within the time periods provided in this section unless
an extension is granted by the Chief Counsel in accordance with section 5271.
(2) Filing. All briefs permitted or required to be filed by this section shall be filed in
accordance with section 5570 of this division.
(A) Electronic Filing. The Board encourages the use of electronic means (i.e., facsimile,
e-mail, etc.) for the filing of briefs and related documents. Briefs and related documents
may be filed electronically under this section if they are transmitted to the Chief of Board
Proceedings in accordance with instructions provided on the Board's website at
www.boe.ca.gov.
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(B) Other Methods. Briefs and related documents may also be hand delivered to the
Board's headquarters at 450 N Street in Sacramento, California, or mailed to the Chief of
Board Proceedings, at the following address:
Chief of Board Proceedings, MIC: 80 State Board of Equalization P.O. Box 942879 Sacramento, CA 94279-0080 (C) The Chief of Board Proceedings may reject any brief or related document filed in any
manner that is not authorized by this section.
(D) Notice. All briefs shall also be mailed or personally delivered to the other parties to the
Board hearing, other than the Department represented at the appeals conference under section
5264, subdivision (b).
(3) Format. Briefs may not exceed:
(A) 30 typed or handwritten, double-spaced, or 15 typed or handwritten, single-spaced;
(B) 8 1/2” by 11” pages;
(C) Printed only on one side in a type-font size of at least 10 points or 12 characters per
inch, or the equivalent;
(D) Excluding exhibits.
(4) The Chief Counsel may extend the page limit in paragraph (3) prior to the deadline for
filing a brief based upon a written application setting forth circumstances that justify
additional pages. In the event a brief does not conform to the form and page limits specified
above, the submitted brief may be returned by the Chief of Board Proceedings. If a brief is so
returned, the party will be given 10 days to comply with the form and page limits, and failure
to do so within the 10-day period constitutes a waiver of the opportunity to submit the brief.
(c) Opening Briefs. Any party that requested a Board hearing under section 5266 may file an
opening brief. An opening brief must contain a statement of the issues, a statement of the facts,
and a discussion of the legal authorities, including statutes and regulations, relied on by the party
submitting the opening brief. Opening briefs must be filed with the Chief of Board Proceedings
no later than 55 days before the Board hearing.
(d) Reply Briefs. Any party to a Board hearing may file a reply brief in response to any opening
brief. A reply brief must contain a statement of the issues, including relevant issues not raised by
the opening brief, a statement of the facts as understood by the party submitting the reply brief, a
discussion of the legal authorities, including relevant statutes and regulations, relied on by the
party submitting the reply brief, and the assertion of any affirmative defenses. Reply briefs must
be filed with the Chief of Board Proceedings no later than 35 days before the Board hearing.
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(e) Response to Reply Brief. Any party to a Board hearing may file a response to a reply brief. A
response to a reply brief may only address new issues or arguments raised in the reply brief to
which it responds. A response to a reply brief must be filed with the Chief of Board Proceedings
no later than 20 days before the Board hearing. The Chief of Board Proceedings must reject a
response to a reply brief that exceeds the scope permitted by this subdivision.
(f) Additional Briefing.
(1) Post-Hearing Briefs. The Board may permit or require the filing of post-hearing briefs
and memoranda of legal authorities, including relevant statutes and regulations, on any
matters considered at a Board hearing. However, any post-hearing submissions are permitted
only by order of the Board, on the subject matter specified, and within the time limits
prescribed by the Board.
(2) Non-Party (Amicus) Briefs. A person that is not a party to a Board hearing may file a
brief or letter with the Chief of Board Proceedings no later than 20 days before the Board
hearing, and the parties may file responses to such brief or letter with the Chief of Board
Proceedings no later than 10 days before the hearing. The response by any party may address
only the points of disagreement the party has with the non-party brief or letter. A non-party
post-hearing brief or letter may be filed only if the Board has requested post-hearing briefing
from the parties and then no later than the end of the post-hearing briefing period prescribed
by the Board for the parties. A non-party brief must conform to the general requirements set
forth in subdivision (b). A non-party brief or letter must contain a statement regarding the
nature of the non-party's interest in the outcome of the proceeding.
(3) Additional briefing. In extraordinary situations, the Board or Appeals Staff may request
additional briefing from either party after the briefing period is ordinarily complete. Any
such requested briefing must be filed within the time specified by the Board or Appeals Staff.
(g) Untimely Briefs Filed by Unrepresented Parties. Notwithstanding subdivisions (c), (d), and
(e), a party who appears at a Board hearing without a representative, and who has not employed
a representative to prepare a brief, may, at the discretion of the Board, submit a brief on the day
of the party’s Board hearing. Although the Board may permit a party to submit a brief at the
party’s Board hearing, the Board is not required to delay or postpone the party’s Board hearing
in order to consider the brief at the hearing.A party who receives representation from a Boardapproved pro bono or clinical program is considered to be unrepresented for purposes of this
subdivision.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue
and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6074, 6456, 6538, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5, 6596,
6814, 6901, 6902, 6906, 6981, 7657, 7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8128,
8191, 8828, 8828.5, 8852, 8877, 8878, 8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9152, 9196, 12429, 12636, 12637,
12951, 12977, 12978, 12981, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30178, 30178.1, 30243,
30243.5, 30262, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30362, 30365, 30421, 32255, 32256,
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32256.5, 32257, 32302, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32402, 32402.1, 32404, 32407, 32440, 38433,
38435, 38443, 38452, 38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38602, 38605, 38631, 40093, 40102, 40103,
40103.5, 40104, 40111, 40112, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41096, 41097, 41097.5, 41098, 41100,
41101, 41104, 41107, 43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303, 43351, 43352, 43451, 43452,
43454, 43491, 45155, 45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45352, 45353, 45651, 45652, 45654,
45801, 46156, 46157, 46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353, 46501, 46502, 46505, 46511,
50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4, 50112.5, 50116, 50120.2, 50120.3, 50139, 50140, 50142, 50151,
55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5, 55083, 55102, 55103, 55221, 55222, 55224, 55281, 60209,
60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333, 60352, 60501, 60502, 60506, 60507, 60521, 60522 and
60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
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5311. Definitions.
(a) The definitions contained in sections 5511 and 5512 of this division apply to this chapter
unless otherwise indicated.
(b) The following definitions also apply to this chapter:
(1a) “Appeals Conference” means a conference conducted by the Appeals Division, at which all
parties are entitled to attend and at which issues raised in the petition are to be discussed, and if
possible, resolved.
(2b)”Appraisal Data Report” means, for state assesses subject to the provisions of article 2 of this
chapter, a document and data sheet that accompany the Board's value determination required to
be mailed to each state assessee between the first day of January and the first day of June of each
year. The appraisal data report sets forth the State-Assessed Properties Division's value
recommendation to the Board and a summary of the State-Assessed Properties Division's value
indicators.
(3c) “County-Assessed Properties Division” means the unit of the Board's Property and Special
Taxes Department responsible for making determinations of eligibility for organizational
clearance certificates and supplemental clearance certificates.
(4) “County-Assessed Properties Division” means or the unit of the Board's Property and Special
Taxes Department responsible for reviewing the assessment practices of county assessors under
Government Code section 15640 et seq., where appropriate.
(5) A “Hearing Summary” is a written document intended to assist the Board in its
consideration of and decision on a petition for which an oral hearing has been scheduled. The
Hearing Summary will contain:
(A) Sufficient facts, contentions, law, and evidence to enable the Board to conduct an
informed oral hearing;
(B) A discussion of the appeals conference, if one was held, including any additional
information, stipulations, and resolutions resulting therefrom;
(C) The Appeals Division's analysis and comments, including questions to be posed to
the parties; and
(D) Conclusions and recommendations of the Appeals Division after applying the
relevant law to all of the relevant information.
(6d) “Organizational Clearance Certificate” means a certificate issued by the Board under
Revenue and Taxation Code section 254.6.
(7e) “Party” means:
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(A1) For petitions described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(1), the petitioner and the StateAssessed Properties Division;
(B2) For applications described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(2), the petitioner and the
county assessor and tax agency whose assessment is questioned by a petition described in
section 5310, subdivision (a)(2);
(C3) For petitions described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(3), the petitioner and the
County-Assessed Properties Division;
(D4) For petitions described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(4), the petitioner and the
County-Assessed Properties Division.
(8f) “Petition” means a petition or application described in section 5310.
(9g) “Petitioner” means an individual or entity that filed a petition described in section 5310, and
the individual or entity’s authorized representative where appropriate, and includes:
(A1) A county, city, city and county, or municipal corporation that filed a petition with the
Board under subdivision (g) of section 11 of article XIII of the California Constitution.
(B2) The claimant of an Organizational Clearance Certificate for the property tax welfare
exemption under Revenue and Taxation Code section 254.6 or Supplemental Clearance
Certificate under Revenue and Taxation Code section 214, subdivision (g). For purposes of a
petition from the denial of a Supplemental Clearance Certificate under Revenue and Taxation
Code section 214, subdivision (g), the limited partnership is the petitioner.
(C3) The county assessor and the taxing agency that filed a petition described in section
5310, subdivision (a)(4).
(10h) “Respondent” means:
(A1) For petitions described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(1), the State-Assessed
Properties Division;
(B2) For applications described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(2), the county assessor and
tax agency whose assessment is questioned by a petition described in section 5310,
subdivision (a)(2);
(C3) For petitions described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(3), the County-Assessed
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(11i) “Sample finding” refers to the sampling of assessments from the county assessment roll
under Government Code section 15640, subdivision (c).
(12) “Summary Decision” means a written document intended to assist the Board in its
consideration of and decision on a petition without a Boardan oral hearing. The Summary
Decision must contain:
(A) Sufficient facts, contentions, law, and evidence to enable the Board to evaluate the
merits of the petition;
(B) A discussion of the appeals conference or other Appeals Division review, including
any findings, stipulations, and resolutions resulting therefrom; and
(C) The Appeals Division's analysis and recommended decision.
(13j) “Supplemental Clearance Certificate” means a certificate issued by the Board under
Revenue and Taxation Code section 214, subdivision (g).
(14k) “Tax and Fee Programs Division” means the unit of the Board’s Legal Department
responsible for representing the Department, as defined in chapter 5 of this divisionChapter 5,
General Board Hearing Procedures, in responding to petitions described in section 5310,
subdivision (a)(1), (a)(3), and (a)(4).
(15l) “State-Assessed Properties Division” means the unit in the Board's Property and Special
Taxes Department responsible for determining value indicators and recommending values of
property under the Board’s assessment jurisdiction and for administering the Board’s state
assessment responsibilities.
(16m) “State-Assessed Properties Division’s Analysis” means a written summary that sets forth
an analysis of all of the issues raised in the petition and the State-Assessed Properties Division’s
recommendation.
(17n) “Written Findings and Decision” means a document prepared by the Appeals Division that
sets forth the Board’s decision on a petition and the supporting reasons therefor.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 15606 and 15640, Government Code; and Section 11651,
Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 15640 and 15645, Government Code; and
Sections 214, 254.6, 270, 721, 721.5, 747, 759, 1840 and 11251, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5322. Information Available to Assessees; Assessment Factor Hearings.
(a) Each year, the State-Assessed Properties Division must perform capitalization rate studies
and develop value indicators applicable to the valuation of the unitary property of each state
assessee. The capitalization rate study, the value indicators, and all other appraisal data,
calculations, and information developed or used by the State-Assessed Properties Division with
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respect to the valuation of the assessee’s state-assessed property must be made available to the
state assessee upon a written request to the Chief of the State-Assessed Properties Division.
(b) At the discretion of the Board, but generally at the Board’s January or February meeting in
Sacramento, the Board may annually hold Assessment Factor Hearings to receive public
testimony on issues relating to capitalization rates and other factors affecting values of stateassessed property and private railroad cars. At least 30 days before the Assessment Factor
Hearing date, state assessees and private railroad car taxpayers, or other persons wishing to be
listed on the agenda, must notify the Chief of Board Proceedings if they intend to make an oral
presentation at the hearing. Testimony of persons who do not notify the Chief of Board
Proceedings as set forth above may be heard after those on the agenda have completed their oral
presentations. The Board may place reasonable time limits on any presentation. In lieu of oral
presentations, state assessees, private railroad car taxpayers, or other persons may submit written
presentations to the Chief of Board Proceedings no later than the date of the hearing.
(c) At the discretion of the Board, but generally at the Board’s April meeting in Sacramento,
every state assessee may be given an opportunity to make an oral presentation to the Board in a
public meeting regarding the value indicators to be used to value its state-assessed unitary
property, or the value of its property. In lieu of an oral presentation, a state assessee may submit
a written presentation to the Chief of Board Proceedings no later than the date of the hearing.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Section 11651, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 110, 721, 721.5, 722, 723, 724, 725, 731, 746, 11251,
11291, 11292 and 11293, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5323.6. Submission of Petition.
The original petition and supporting documents, together with 10 copies thereof, must be mailed
submitted by mail or in person to the Chief of Board Proceedings at the addressas provided in
section 55705335, hand delivered to the Board’s headquarters office at 450 N Street, in
Sacramento, California, or electronically transmitted (e.g., facsimile, e-mail, etc.) to the Chief of
Board Proceedings at the email address or fax number provided in section 5570 or in accordance
with instructions provided on the Board’s website at www.boe.ca.gov. If the original petition and
supporting documents are provided in an electronic format, then the petitioner is not required to
provide 10 copies thereof.A compact disc containing an electronic file conforming to the
requirements of the Board Proceedings Division will be accepted in lieu of the copies if
submitted with the original petition.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Section 11651, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Section 741, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5323.8. Duplicate Petitions.
(a) In the event duplicate petitions are filed with the Chief of Board Proceedings, the Chief of
Board Proceedings will determine which petition was authorized by the petitioner.
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(b) The Chief of Board Proceedings will contact the petitioner and/or the agent who filed the
duplicate petitions, or both, by telephone, electronic email, or facsimile machine and also by
registered or certified mail with return receipt, and will allow 10 days for a written response. In
the event no written response is received after 10 days, the first petition received will be accepted
and anyall other petitions will be rejected as a duplicate petitions.
(c) For purposes of this regulation, “duplicate petition” means a petition filed by the petitioner,
or its agent on its behalf, subsequent to the petition previously filed by or on behalf of the same
petitioner for the same assessment year at issue. A subsequent petition that seeks to correct or
supplement a previously filed petition will not be considered a duplicate petition for purposes of
this regulation.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Section 11651, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Section 741, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5324. Timeliness of Petition.
(a) A petition is considered filed timely if it is mailed or delivered in accordance with addressed
and transmitted to the address set forth in section 5323.65335, or received by the Board
Proceedings Divisionor deposited personally at the headquarters office of the Board in
Sacramento, no later than the date provided in section 5323 or, if an extension is received, the
date provided in section 5324.2.
(b) Timely performance and mailing date will be determined under the provisions of chapter 5 of
this division.
(c) If the Chief of Board Proceedings determines that the Board requires original versions of
documents filed by electronically or facsimile transmission, the original documents must be
mailed to the Board Proceedings Division ator delivered to the address set forth in section
55705335 or hand delivered to the Board’sdeposited personally at the headquarters office at 450
N Street, in Sacramento, California, of the Board in Sacramento no later than the business day
immediately following the Chief of Board Proceedings request for original versions of such
documentsthe electronic or facsimile transmission date.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Section 11651, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 733, 741, 743, 746, 747, 758, 759, 11338 and 11339,
Revenue and Taxation Code.
5325.6. Prehearing Review of All Other Petitions.
(a) The Appeals Division will review and prepare a Hearing Summary or Summary Decision for
all petitions for which the Tax and Fee Programs Division does not prepare the recommendation
described in section 5325.4.
(1) A Hearing Summary must contain:
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(A) Sufficient facts, contentions, law, and evidence to enable the Board to conduct an
informed Board hearing;
(B) A discussion of the appeals conference, if one was held, including any additional
information, stipulations, and resolutions resulting therefrom;
(C) The Appeals Division’s analysis and comments, including questions to be posed to
the parties; and
(D) Conclusions and recommendations of the Appeals Division after applying the
relevant law to all of the relevant information.
(2) A Summary Decision must contain:
(A) Sufficient facts, contentions, law, and evidence to enable the Board to evaluate the
merits of the petition;
(B) A discussion of the appeals conference or other Appeals Division review, including
any findings, stipulations, and resolutions resulting therefrom; and
(C) The Appeals Division’s analysis and recommended decision.
(b) If there has been a partial or complete resolution of issues between petitioner and the StateAssessed Properties Division after the Appeals Division has issued its Hearing Summary or
Summary Decision, the Appeals Division will draft a Revised Hearing Summary or Revised
Summary Decision if time permits. The Revised Hearing Summary or Revised Summary
Decision will state:
(1) The issues which have been resolved;
(2) The Appeals Division’sStaff's revised analysis and/or recommendation; and
(3) The issues remaining for decision by the Board, if any.
The case will remain on the agenda for Board action.
(c) At any time, the Appeals Division may request additional information or analysis from the
petitioner or the State-Assessed Properties Division to assist in resolving any issue to be decided
by the Board.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Section 11651, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 741, 747 and 11340, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5332. Time of Filing of Application.
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(a) If any county, city, city and county, or municipal corporation wants to secure a review,
equalization, or adjustment of the assessment of its property by the Board under subdivision (g)
of section 11 of article XIII of the California Constitution, it must file an application with the
Board on or before the later of:
(1) July 20 of the year in which the assessment is made if the assessment appealed is made
during the regular period for such assessments; or
(2) Within two weeks after the completion and delivery by the county assessor of the local
roll containing the assessment to the county auditor as provided in Revenue and Taxation
Code section 617.
(b) If the assessment appealed is made outside the regular period for such assessments, the
application must be filed with the Board within 60 days from the date the tax bill was mailed to
the applicant.
(c) An application is filed timely if it is mailed or deliveredto in accordance with section 5335 or
received by the Board Proceedings Divisionat the mailing address provided in section 5335
within the time specified by this section.
(d) Failure to provide a timely application bars the applicant from relief under subdivision (g) of
section 11 of article XIII of the California Constitution.
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; and Section 15606,
Government Code. Reference: Section 1840, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5332.6. SubmissionFiling of Application and Board-Appraised Property.
(a) The application and supporting documents, including the proof of filing under subdivision
(b), must be submitted by mail or in person to the Chief of Board Proceedings as provided in
filed in accordance with section 5335.
(b) A copy of the application, together with its separate statement of legal authorities, must also
be filed by the applicant with the county assessor whose assessment is questioned and with the
county board of supervisors. A proof of filing with the county assessor and the county board of
supervisors must be enclosed with the application filed with the Board.
(c) Board-Appraised Property. If a property that has been appraised by the State-Assessed
Properties Division becomes the subject of a proceeding under this article, both parties to the
proceedings will be informed of the fact that the appraisal has been made.
(1) Each party, upon request, will have access to the appraisal records.
(2) Either party or the Board may call the State-Assessed Properties Division as a witness
and may offer the appraisal records as an exhibit.
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(d) A party desiring to call an employee of the State-Assessed Properties Division as a witness
must notify the Chief of Board Proceedings of its intention to call such witness at least ten days
before the Board hearing.
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; and Section 15606,
Government Code. Reference: Section 1840, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5333. Time for Filing of Petitions.
(a) A petitioner has 60 days from the date of mailing of a final notice denying a claim for an
Organizational Clearance Certificate or Supplemental Clearance Certificate or from the date of
mailing of a notice of revocation of an Organizational Clearance Certificate or, Supplemental
Clearance Certificate to file a petition objecting to the Board for hearing on the denial of the
claim or revocation of the certificate.
(b) A petition is timely if it is mailed or delivered in accordance with section 5335to or received
by the Board Proceedings Divisionat the headquarters office of the Board within the time
specified by subdivision (a).
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code. Reference: Sections 214, 254.6 and
270, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5333.4. Contents of Petition.
The petition must:
(a) Be in writing and state all of the specific grounds upon which qualification is claimed;
(b) Include all documents the petitioner wishes the Board to consider in deciding the petition;
(c) Indicate whether a Boardan oral hearing is requesteddesired;
(d) Indicate whether a written findings and decision is requesteddesired; and
(e) Be signed by petitioner or an authorized representative of the petitioner. The Chief Counsel
may require the representative to demonstrate the representative’s authority to represent the
petitioner.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code. Reference: Sections 214, 254.6 and
270, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5333.6. SubmissionFiling of Petition.
The original petition and supporting documents must be filed in accordance withsubmitted by
mail or in person to the Chief of Board Proceedings as provided in section 5335.
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Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code. Reference: Sections 214, 254.6 and
270, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5334. Time for Filing of Petitions.
(a) Any county assessor may file a petition to appeal appraisals made within his or her county
where differences have not been resolved before completion of the field review of county
assessment procedures by the County-Assessed Properties Division.
(b) A petition must be filed within 30 days from the date that the Deputy Director of the Property
and Special Taxes Department mails the final notice of sample finding to the county assessor.
(c) The determination contained within the final notice of sample finding becomes final if a
petition is not filed within the time period provided in subdivision (b).
(d) A petition or supporting document is timely filed if it is mailed or delivered in accordance
withto or received at the address provided in section 5335 or received by the Board Proceedings
Division within the time specified in subdivision (b).
Note: Authority cited: Sections 15606 and 15640, Government Code. Reference: Sections 15640
and 15645, Government Code.
5334.4. Contents of the Petition.
(a) The petition must:
(1) Be in writing;
(2) Identify the assessor's parcel number or assessment number and sample item number the
county assessor is contesting;
(3) State the specific issue(s) being appealed and the specific adjustment requested;
(4) Indicate whether a Boardan oral hearing is requesteddesired; and
(5) Be signed by the county assessor or his or her authorized representative.
(b) The filing of a completed form provided by the Board for use as a petition will satisfy the
requirements of subdivision (a).
(c) The county assessor is required to submit any supporting evidence with the petition.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 15606 and 15640, Government Code. Reference: Sections 15640
and 15645, Government Code.
5334.6. SubmissionFiling of Petition.
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The petition and supporting documents must be filed in accordance withsubmitted by mail or in
person to the Chief of Board Proceedings as provided in section 5335.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 15606 and 15640, Government Code. Reference: Sections 15640
and 15645, Government Code.
5335. Submission ofFiling Petitions, Briefs, and Related Documents.
(a) Original petitions, briefs, and related documents must be mailed to the Board Proceedings
Division at the mailing address specified in section 5570 of this division or hand delivered to the
Board’s headquarters office at 450 N Street, in Sacramento, Californiasubmitted by mail or in
person to the Chief of Board Proceedings, at the mailing address provided in chapter 5 of this
division.
(b) Petitions, briefs, and related documents may be filed electronically transmitted (e.g., facsimile,
e-mail, etc.) tounder this section only if they are transmitted to and received by the Chief of Board
Proceedings at the email address or fax number provided in section 5570 or in accordance with
instructions provided onby the Board’s website, including, but not limited to, the provisions of
chapter 5 of this division.
(c) Applications and Other Submissions. For applications described in section 5310, subdivision
(b), both the petitioner and the Respondent must file their submissions with the other party and
enclose a proof of filing with the other party in each submission to the Board Proceedings
Division.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 15606 and 15640, Government Code. Reference: Section 15640,
Government Code; and Sections 214, 254.6, 270 and 1840, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5336.5. Perfecting a Petition.
(a) Generally. The briefing and resolution of a petition cannot begin until the petition is
perfected. For purposes of this part, a petition is “perfected” if it contains substantially all the
information required by section 5332.4, 5333.4, or 5334.4, whichever is applicable. In addition, a
petition is not “perfected” until it contains sufficient information to identify and contact each
petitioner or authorized representative, along with the signature of each petitioner or authorized
representative.
(b) Time to Perfect the Petition. If the Chief of Board Proceedings receives an incomplete
petition, the Chief of Board Proceedings will notify the petitioner in writing of the need to
perfect the petition. The notification will be included in the acknowledgement letter issued under
section 5336, subdivision (b). The notification will explain what information is necessary to
perfect the petition.
(1) The petitioner must perfect the petition not later than 30 days from the date of the acknowledgement letter. The Chief of Board Proceedings may extend the deadline for
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perfecting the petition upon a showing of reasonable cause or upon written agreement by the
parties. All parties must be notified in writing of any extension.
(2) Perfecting the petition is accomplished by filingsubmitting the information necessary to
perfect the petition in accordance with section 5335to the Chief of Board Proceedings.
(3) If the petitioner fails to perfect the petition within the 30-day period, or within any
extension period granted by the Chief of Board Proceedings, the petition must be dismissed.
All parties will be notified in writing of the dismissal.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 15606 and 15640, Government Code. Reference: Sections 15640
and 15645, Government Code; and Sections 214, 254.6, 270 and 1840, Revenue and Taxation
Code.
5345. Finality of Board Action; Written Findings and Decision.
(a) The following provisions apply to all petitions filed under this chapter:
(1) The Board’s decision of the Board upon a property taxon a petition described in section
5310, subdivision (a)(1) or (2), is final. The Board’s decision on a petition described in
section 5310, subdivision (a)(3) or (4), becomes final 30 days after the date notice of the
Board’s decision is mailed to the petitioner, unless the petitioner files a Petition for
Rehearing in accordance with the procedures provided in chapter 5 of this division within
that 30-day period.
(2) The Board may not grant a rehearing to reconsider a final decision onor rehear a petition.
(3) The Board may not modify a final decision on a petition, except to correct a clerical error.
(b) The petitioner may request that the Board adopt a Written Findings and Decision for a
petition. The request must be madeIf requested by the petitioner at any timepoint before the
commencement of the petitioner’s Boardoral hearing or, if a Board hearing is not scheduled, the
commencement of the meeting at which the petition is scheduled for Board action., If a timely
request is made, the Board will prepare and send to the petitioner a Written Findings and
Decision according to the following procedure:
(1) After the Board has decided the petition, the Appeals Division will draft the Written
Findings and Decision.
(2) The Chief of Board Proceedings will schedule the Written Findings and Decision for
Board consideration.
(3) Once the Board adopts the Written Findings and Decision, the Chief of Board
Proceedings will promptly mail a copy of the Written Findings and Decision to petitioner.
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The petitioner may waive its right to its requested Written Findings and Decision any time before
the Board adoptsapproval of the petitioner’s Written Findings and Decision.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 15606 and 15640, Government Code; and Section 11651,
Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 15640 and 15645, Government Code; and
Sections 214, 254.6, 270, 721, 721.5, 747, 759, 1840, 1841 and 11251, Revenue and Taxation
Code.
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5421. Methods for Delivery of Written Documents and Correspondence.
(a) The Board encourages the use of electronic means (e.g., facsimile, e-mail, etc.) for the filing
of appealsAppeals, petitions for rehearing, briefs, and related documents and correspondence.
Any document may be filed electronically pursuant to this section if an electronic copy of such
document is transmitted to the Board Proceedings Division at the email address or fax number
provided below or in accordance with instructions provided on the Board's website at
www.boe.ca.gov.
(b) Appeals, petitions for rehearing, briefs, and related documents and correspondence may also
be hand delivered to the Board's headquarters at 450 N Street in Sacramento, California, or
mailed to:
Board Proceedings Division, MIC: 81
State Board of Equalization
450 N Street
PO Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0081
[email protected]
(916) 324-3984
(c) Where Board Staff is required to provideWhen this chapter requires a written notification or
written acknowledgement to one or more parties during the course of an appeal under this
chapter, Board Staff will use mail or personal delivery will be used, unless the party to whom the
document is provided consents to delivery by facsimile or secure electronic means.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code. Reference: Sections 18533, 19043.5,
19045, 19047, 19048, 19084, 19085, 19087, 19104, 19324, 19331, 19333, 19334, 19335, 19343,
19345, 19346 and 20645, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5435. Additional Briefing.
(a) Appeals DivisionStaff Requests for Additional Briefing. If the Assistant Chief Counsel of the
Appeals Division, or his or her designee, determines that insufficient briefing or evidence has
been provided, the Appeals Division may request additional briefing or evidence from any party.
The Appeals Division will determine the order, deadlines, and conditions under which any
briefing or evidence must be submitted. Deadlines under this subdivision may be extended upon
a showing of reasonable cause.
(b) Individual Board Member’s Request for Additional Briefing. Any individual Board Member
may contact the Appeals Division in order to request additional briefing or evidence from any
party. The Appeals Division will determine the order, deadlines, and conditions under which any
briefing or evidence must be submitted. Deadlines under this subdivision may be extended upon
a showing of reasonable cause.
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(c) Board Requests for Additional Briefing. If the Board determines that insufficient briefing or
evidence has been provided, the Board may request additional briefing or evidence from any
party. The Board will determine the order, deadlines, and conditions under which any briefing or
evidence must be submitted. The Chief of Board Proceedings may extend deadlines set by the
Board under this subdivision only upon a showing of extreme hardship and with the consent of
the Board Chair.
(d) Timing of Request. A request under this section may be made during or after the applicable
briefing schedule has concluded. Additional briefs or evidence provided in response to such a
request are not subject to the requirements of the applicable briefing schedule.
(e) Notifying the Chief of Board ProceedingsNotification of Board Chair. The Chief of Board
ProceedingsBoard Chair must be notified promptly of any request made under this section and
may postpone the scheduling or hearing of an appeal.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code. Reference: Sections 18533, 19043.5,
19045, 19047, 19048, 19084, 19085, 19087, 19104, 19324, 19331, 19333, 19334, 19335, 19343,
19345, 19346 and 20645, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5444. Hearing Summary.
(a) Definition. For purposes of this chapter, a “Hearing Summary” is a written document
intended to assist the Board in its consideration and decision of an appeal at an oral hearing. The
Hearing Summary will contain:
(1) Sufficient facts, contentions, law, and evidence to enable the Board to conduct an informed oral hearing;
(2) The Appeals Division's recommendation for or against the adoption of a Formal Opinion
under section 5452, if the Appeals Division determines that such a recommendation is
appropriate;
(3) A discussion of the pre-hearing conference, if one was held, including any additional
information, stipulations, and concessions resulting therefrom; and
(4) The Appeals Division's analysis and comments, including any questions posed to the
parties.
(ba) Preparing the Hearing Summary. Upon the scheduling and noticing of an oral hearing
pursuant to section 5522.6, the Appeals Division will prepare a Hearing Summary and submit the
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(2) The Appeals Division’s recommendation for or against the adoption of a Formal Opinion
under section 5452, if the Appeals Division determines that such a recommendation is
appropriate;
(3) A discussion of the pre-hearing conference, if one was held, including any additional
information, stipulations, and concessions resulting therefrom; and
(4) The Appeals Division’s analysis and comments, including any questions posed to the
parties.
(b) Except in the case of an appeal that involves a jeopardy determination, the Appeals Division
will have at least 30 days in which to prepare and submit the Hearing Summary. The Chief
Counsel may extend the time for submitting the Hearing Summary upon a showing of reasonable
cause. Upon receipt of the Hearing Summary, the Chief of Board Proceedings will provide one
copy to each party.
(c) Citation prohibited. Hearing Summaries may not be cited as precedent in any appeal or other
proceeding before the Board.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code. Reference: Sections 18533, 19043.5,
19045, 19047, 19048, 19084, 19085, 19087, 19104, 19324, 19331, 19333, 19334, 19335, 19343,
19345, 19346 and 20645, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5450. Letter Decisions.
(a) Definition. A “Letter Decision” is a written decision that contains a short explanation of the
reasons for the Board's decision on an appeal.
(b) Preparing the Letter Decision. If the Board votes to determine an appeal and a written
opinion will not be provided Whenever the Board decides an appeal without adopting, or
directing the preparation of, a Summary Decision or Formal Opinion, the Appeals Division will
prepare a Letter Decision. The Appeals Division will provide one copy of a Letter Decision to
each party not later than three business days from the date of the Board's decision.
(c) Date of Decision. The date on which the Board votes to decide the appeal is the date of the
decision for purposes of this chapter.
(d) Citation prohibited. Letter Decisions may not be cited as precedent in any appeal or other
proceeding before the Board.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code. Reference: Sections 18533, 19043.5,
19045, 19047, 19048, 19084, 19085, 19087, 19104, 19324, 19331, 19333, 19334, 19335, 19343,
19345, 19346 and 20645, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5451. Summary Decisions.
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(a) Definition. A “Summary Decision” is a written decision that contains the findings of fact and
conclusions of law that form the basis of the Board's decision on an appeal. The Summary
Decision does not represent or reflect the Board's decision on the appeal unless and until it is
adopted by the Board.
(ba) Preparing the Summary Decision. The Appeals Division will prepare a Summary Decision
for an appeal when an appeal is submitted for decision under section 5441, or when the Board
orders the preparation of a Summary Decision.:
(1) The appeal is submitted for decision under section 5441 and the Appeals Division has not
prepared a Formal Opinion under section 5452;
(2) Board staff is required to draft a nonprecedential opinion for the appeal under section
5551; or
(3) The Board directs Board staff to draft a nonprecedential opinion for the appeal under
section 5551.
(b) The Appeals Division must submit the Summary Decision to the Board Proceedings Division
either upon completion or and within any deadline set by the Board, and, if section 5552 applies,
at least 60 days prior to the expiration of the 120-day period described in section 5552,
subdivision (b). The Chief Counsel may extend the time period for submitting the Summary
Decision upon a showing of reasonable cause and with the consent of the Board Chair if such
extension will not prevent compliance with section 5552, subdivision (b).
(c) Adoption; Date of Decision. When the appeals Division prepares a Summary Decision, the
Decision will be submitted to the Board for adoption as a non-appearance matter and remains
confidential until adopted by the Board. The date on which the Board votes to adopt the
Summary Decision, or votes to decide the appeal without adopting the Summary Decision, is the
date of the Board's decision for purposes of this chapter.
(d) Citation prohibited. Summary Decisions may not be cited as precedent in any appeal or other
proceeding before the Board.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code. Reference: Sections 18533, 19043.5,
19045, 19047, 19048, 19084, 19085, 19087, 19104, 19324, 19331, 19333, 19334, 19335, 19343,
19345, 19346 and 20645, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5452. Formal Opinions.
(a) Definition. A “Formal Opinion” is a written decision that contains the findings of fact and
conclusions of law that form the basis of the Board's decision on an appeal and which is intended
to set precedent. The Formal Opinion does not represent or reflect the Board's decision on the
appeal unless and until it is adopted by the Board.
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(ba) Preparing the Formal Opinion. The Appeals Division will prepare a Formal Opinion for an
appeal when thean appeal is submitted for decision under section 5441 and the Appeals Division
determines that a Formal Opinion might be appropriate, or when the Board orders the
preparation of a Formal Opinion. The Appeals Division will also prepare a Formal Opinion when
the Board directs Board staff to draft a precedential opinion for the appeal under section 5551.
The Appeals Division must submit the Formal Opinion to the Board Proceedings Division either
upon completion andor within any deadline set by the Board, and, if section 5552 applies, at least
60 days prior to the expiration of the 120-day period described in section 5552, subdivision (b).
The Chief Counsel may extend the time period for submitting the Formal Opinion upon a
showing of reasonable cause and with the consent of the Board Chair if such extension will not
prevent compliance with section 5552, subdivision (b).
(cb) Notice of Formal Opinion. When the Board orders the Appeals Division to prepare a Formal
Opinion, the Appeals Division will promptly send a written notice to the parties that contains the
following:
(1) A brief explanation of any Board action taken on the appeal, including any determination
regardingdecision on the outcome of the appeal and the order to prepare a Formal Opinion;
(2) A statement explaining when thethat the time period for filing a Petition for Rehearing
will not begin until the Board adopts the Formal Opinion, or until the Board otherwise
decides the appeal without adopting the Formal Opinion; and
(3) If the appeal involves an unpaid liability that is subject to the accrual of interest, a
statement that interest will continue to accrue until the liability is paid in full. (d) Adoption; Date of Decision. When the Appeals Division prepares a Formal Opinion, the
Opinion will be submitted to the Board for adoption as a non-appearance matter and remains
confidential until adopted by the Board. The date on which the Board votes to adopt the Formal
Opinion, or votes to decide the appeal without adopting the Formal Opinion, is the date of the
Board's decision for purposes of this chapter.
(ec) Reasons for Issuing a Formal Opinion. In determining whether a Formal Opinion might be
appropriate, the following factors are considered:
(1) Whether the Opinion would establish a new rule of law, apply an existing rule to a set of
facts significantly different from those stated in published opinions, or modify or repeal an
existing rule;
(2) Whether the Opinion would resolve or create an apparent conflict in the law;
(3) Whether the Opinion would involve a legal issue of continuing public interest; and
(4) Whether the Opinion would make a significant contribution to the law by reviewing
either the development of a common law rule or the legislative or judicial history of a
provision of a constitution, statute, or other written law.
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The list of factors in this subdivision is not intended to be exclusive. The Board and the Appeals
Division may consider other relevant factors.
(f) Citation permitted. Any Formal Opinion may be cited as precedent in any appeal or other
proceeding before the Board, unless the Opinion has been depublished, overruled, or superseded.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code. Reference: Sections 18533, 19043.5,
19045, 19047, 19048, 19084, 19085, 19087, 19104, 19324, 19331, 19333, 19334, 19335, 19343,
19345, 19346 and 20645, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5453. Notice of Board’s Determination.
(a) If the Board votes to determine an appeal, the Board does not adopt a written opinion or
direct the Appeals Division to prepare a written opinion for the appeal, at the time of the vote,
and the Board is not required to adopt a written opinion for the appeal, then:
(1) The Appeals Division will prepare a notice of the Board’s determination, which shall
contain a brief statement of the reasons for the Board’s determination; and
(2) A copy of the notice shall be mailed to each party not later than three business days from
the date of the Board’s determination.
(b) A notice may not be cited as precedent in any appeal or other proceeding before the Board.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code. Reference: Sections 18533, 19043.5,
19045, 19047, 19048, 19084, 19085, 19087, 19104, 19324, 19331, 19333, 19334, 19335, 19343,
19345, 19346 and 20645, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5460. Finality of DeterminationDecision.
(a) Finality. TheGenerally, the Board’s vote to determine an appealdecision under article 5 of
this chapter becomes final 30 days from the date of the votedecision unless, within that 30-day
period, a party to the appeal files a Petition for Rehearing. However, if the Board votes to
determine an appeal and the Board’s determination is held in abeyance under section 5551, then
the Board’s determination in the appeal becomes final 30 days from the date of the Board’s later
vote to adopt a written opinion or determine the appeal without adopting a written opinion.
(b) Finality Independent of Notice. The finality of the Board’s vote to determine an
appealdecision is not dependent upon the date of any notice of the determinationdecision. In
addition, the determinationdecision may become final even ifthough Board Staff fails to send, or
a party fails to receive, notice of the decision.
(c) Number of Petitions for RehearingFilings.
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(1) The filing of a Petition for Rehearing by one party does not prevent the filing of a Petition
for Rehearing by another party, provided that each Petition for Rehearing is filed on time.
However, no party may file more than one Petition for Rehearing.
(2) In addition, no party may file a Petition for Rehearing in response to a Decision on
Petition for Rehearing or the Board’s vote to determine an appeal after a rehearing. If the
Board Proceedings Division receives a submission intended as such a Petition for Rehearing,
the Board Proceedings Division must reject the submission.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code. Reference: Sections 18533, 19043.5,
19045, 19047, 19048, 19084, 19085, 19087, 19104, 19324, 19331, 19333, 19334, 19335, 19343,
19345, 19346 and 20645, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5463. Decisions on Petitions for Rehearing.
(a) Definition. A “Decision on Petition for Rehearing” is a written decision that providescontains
the findings of fact and conclusions of law that form the basis of the Board’s decision to grant or
deny a rehearing. The Decision on Petition for Rehearing does not represent or reflect the
Board's decision to grant or deny the rehearing unless and until it is adopted by the Board
(b) Preparing the Decision on Petition for Rehearing. Upon the conclusion of briefing under
section 5462, the Appeals Division will prepare a Decision on Petition for Rehearing. Upon
completion, the Appeals Division will submit the Decision on Petition for Rehearing to the Chief
of Board Proceedings.
(c) Adoption,; Confidentiality, and Date of Decision. The Decision on Petition for Rehearing will
be submitted to the Board for adoption as a nonappearancenon-appearance matter and, unless
otherwise directed by the Board, it remains confidential until adopted by the Board.
(1) If the Board grants a Petition for Rehearing, then the Board’s initial determination in the
appealdecision under article 5 of this chapter will be held in abeyance pending resolution of
the rehearing. The Board, in its discretion, may limit the scope of the rehearing.
(2) If the Board denies a Petition for Rehearing, then the Board’s decision to deny the
petition becomes final 30 days from the date on which the Board voted to deny the rehearing.
(d) Citation. A Decisions on Petition for Rehearing may not be cited as precedent in any appeal
or other proceeding before the Board, unless the Board adopts the Decision on Petition for
Rehearing as a Formal Opinion.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code. Reference: Section 657, Code of Civil
Procedure; and Sections 18533, 19043.5, 19045, 19047, 19048, 19084, 19085, 19087, 19104,
19324, 19331, 19333, 19334, 19335, 19343, 19345, 19346 and 20645, Revenue and Taxation
Code.
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CHAPTER 5. GENERAL PROCEDURES FOR BOARD ACTIONHEARING
PROCEDURES
5510. General Application of Chapter 5.
(a) This chapter applies to appeals submitted to the Board for decisionhearings under any of the
following laws:
(1) Administration of Franchise and Income Tax Laws (Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 18401-19802).
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 18401-19802 (2) Alcoholic Beverage Tax Law (Cal. Const., art. XX, § 22; Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 32001­
32557). California Constitution, article XX, section 22; Revenue and Taxation Code sections 32001-32557 (3) California Tire Fee (Pub. Resources Code, §§ 42860-42895). Public Resources Code sections 42860-42895;
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 55001-55381 (4) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee
Health and Safety Code sections 105275-105310;
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 43001-43651 (54) Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law (Cal. Const., art. XIIIB, § 12; Health & Saf. Code, §§ 104555-104558; Rev. & Tax Code, §§ 30001-30482). California Constitution, article XIIIB, section 12; Health and Safety Code sections 104555-104558;
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 30001-30482 (65) Diesel Fuel Tax Law (Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 9401-9433 & 60001-60708).
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 9401-9433 and 60001-60708 (76) Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge Law (Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 41001-41176).
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Revenue and Taxation Code sections 41001-41176
(87) Energy Resources Surcharge Law (Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 40001-40216).
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 40001-40216 (8) Fee Collection Procedures Law (Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 55001-55381).
(9) Hazardous Substances Tax Law (Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 43001-43651), which is
applicable to the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee (Health & Saf. Code, §§ 105275­
105310) and Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee (Health & Saf. Code, §§ 105175­
105197).
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 43001-43651
(10) Integrated Waste Management Fee Law (Pub. Resources Code, §§ 40000-40201, 44001­
44006, 48000-48008; Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 45001-45984).
Public Resources Code sections 40000-40201, 44001-44006, and 48000-48008;
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 45001-45984 (11) Marine Invasive Species Fee Collection Law (Pub. Resources Code, §§ 71200-71271;
Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 44000-44008).
Public Resources Code sections 71200-71271;
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 44000-44008, 55001-55381
(12) Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Law (Cal. Const., art. XIX, §§ 1-9; Rev. & Tax. Code, §§
7301-8526).
California Constitution, article XIX, sections 1-9;
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 7301-8526 (13) Natural Gas Surcharge Law (Pub. Util. Code, §§ 890-900).
Public Utilities Code sections 890-900;
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 55001-55381 (14) Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee
Health and Safety Code sections 105175-105197;
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Revenue and Taxation Code sections 43001-43651
(1514) Oil Spill Response, Prevention, and Administration Fees Law (Gov. Code, §§ 8670.1­
8670.51.1; Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 46001-46751).
Government Code sections 8670.1-8670.51.1 Revenue and Taxation Code sections 46001-46751 (1615) Private Railroad Car Tax (Cal. Const., art. XIII, § 19; Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 11201­
11702).
California Constitution, article XIII, section 19; Revenue and Taxation Code sections 11201-11702 (1716) Publicly Owned Property (Cal. Const., art. XIII, § 11, subd. (g); Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 1840 & 1841).
California Constitution, article XIII, section 11(g);
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 1840 and 1841 (1817) Sales and Use Tax Law, Bradley-Burns Uniform Sales and Use Tax Law, and Transactions and Use Tax Law (Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 6001-7176, 7200-7226, 7251-7279.6,
respectively).
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 6001-7176, 7200-7226, and 7251-7279.6, respectively
(1918) Senior Citizens Homeowners and Renters Property Tax Assistance Law (Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 20501-20646).
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 20501-20646 (2019) State-Assessed Property (Cal. Const., art. XIII, § 19; Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 721-868, 4876-4880, 5011-5014).
California Constitution, article XIII, section 19; Revenue and Taxation Code sections 721-868, 4876-4880, 5011-5014 (2120) Tax on Insurers Law (Cal. Const., art. XIII, § 28; Rev. & Tax. Code, § 12001-13170).
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(2221) Timber Yield Tax (Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 423.5, 431-437, 38101-38908).
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 423.5, 431-437, 38101-38908
(2322) Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Fee (Health & Saf. Code, §§ 25280­
25299.99.3; Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 50101-50162).
Health and Safety Code sections 25280-25299.99.3
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 50101-50162
(2423) Use Fuel Tax (Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 8601-9433).
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 8601-9433
(2524) Welfare Exemption (Cal. Const., art. XIII, § 4, subd. (b); Rev. & Tax. Code, §§ 214­
214.15, 254.5-254.6, 270-272).
California Constitution, article XIII, section 4(b);
Revenue and Taxation Code sections 214-214.15, 254.5-254.6, 270-272
(b) This chapter sets forth rules of general application for all appeals submitted to the Board for
decisionhearings conducted under the laws listed in subdivision (a) of this section. Where the
procedure for a specific law differs from the general rule, the more specific procedure will be
provided or cross-referenced.
(c) The rules and procedures in chapter 4 (commencing with section 5410) apply to appeals from
the actions of the Franchise Tax Board. To the extent that provisions in this chapter conflict with
chapter 4, the provisions of chapter 4 control.
(d) To the extent that provisions in this chapter conflict with the International Fuel Tax
Agreement, the provisions of the International Fuel Tax Agreement control.
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code.
5511. Definitions.
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The following definitions apply to this chapter, and also apply to chapters 2, 3, and 4 of this
division, unless otherwise indicated as provided therein:
(a) “Appeal” means:
(1) Any petition, including, but not limited to, a petition for redetermination, petition for
reassessment, petition for reconsideration of successor liability, or petition for rehearing;
(2) Administrative protest;
(3) Claim, including a claim for refund;
(3) Appeal from an action of the Franchise Tax Board under chapter 4;
(4) Application, including, but not limited to, an application for administrative hearing; and
(6) Any other item that may be scheduled for a Board hearing conducted in accordance with
chapter 5 of this division, including, but not limited to, requests for relief of taxes, interest, or
penalties.
An appeal is also referred to as a “matter.”
(ab) “Appeals Division” means the Appeals Division of the Board of Equalization’s Legal
Department. “Appeals Staff” means an employee or employees of the State Board of
Equalization assigned to the Appeals Division of the Legal Department.
(bc) “Board” means the Board Members of the State Board of Equalization meeting or acting as
a body, or the agency created by article XIII, section 9, of the California Constitution, as the
context indicates.
(cd) “Board Chair” or “Chair” means the Chairperson of the State Board of Equalization, whom
the Board may choose from time to time.
(e) “Board hearing” means a taxpayer’s opportunity to appear, along with the Department, before
the Board during a Board meeting and present oral arguments regarding issues of fact and law
relevant to the taxpayer’s appeal, also referred to as an “oral hearing” or “hearing.”
(df) “Board Member” means an individual Member of the State Board of Equalization. “Board
Member” includes a deputy appointed by the Controller pursuant to Government Code section
7.6 or 7.9 (as interpreted by the Attorney General), when the deputy is performing the
Controller's statutory duties on the Board.
(eg) “Board Proceedings Division” means the Board Proceedings Division of the State Board of
Equalization. “Board Proceedings Staff” means an employee or employees of the Board
Proceedings Division.
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(fh) “Board Staff” means an employee or employees of the State Board of Equalization. “Board
Member's Staff” refers to Board Staff assigned to the office of a Board Member.
(gi) “Brief” means a written document that contains an argument supporting a party’s position,
whether citing specific laws, regulations, or other authorities or making arguments without citing
to specific authorities including arguments on how laws or regulations apply to the facts
presented in a party's matter. Notwithstanding this definition, affidavits and declarations
submitted by parties, and documents produced by the Appeals Division, including, but not
limited to, hearing summaries and final action recommendations, are not briefs.
(hj) “Chief Counsel” means the Chief Counsel of the State Board of Equalization and any person
to whom the Chief Counsel may delegate his or her official duties from time to time.
(i) “Claimant” means a taxpayer whose matter involves the denial of a claim under any of the
laws listed in section 5510. The term “claimant” includes a taxpayer's authorized representative,
where appropriate.
(jk) “Chief of Board Proceedings” means the Chief of the Board Proceedings Division and any
person to whom the Chief of Board Proceedings may delegate his or her official duties from time
to time. The Chief of Board Proceedings acts as the Clerk of the Board and establishes policy for
the management of the matters to be heard by the Board, including but not limited to scheduling,
issuance of notices, preparation of minutes, and the review and monitoring of documents.
(kl) “Delivery Service” means a trade or business, if such trade or business that delivers
documents in the ordinary course of its business, makes its delivery services available to the
general public, and records the date on which it accepts each document for delivery, either
electronically to its database, kept in the regular course of its business, or on the cover in which a
document is delivered, or bothelectronically to its data base, kept in the regular course of its
business, or marks on the cover in which any item is delivered, the date on which such item was
received by the trade or business for delivery.
(lm) “Department” means the Property and Special Taxes Department of the Board of
Equalization, Sales and Use Tax Department of the Board of Equalization, Special Operations
and Investigations Division of the Legal Department of the State Board of Equalization, Energy
Commission, Department of Fish and Game, Franchise Tax Board, Department of Health
Services, Department of Insurance, Integrated Waste Management Board, Public Utilities
Commission, Department of Toxic Substances Control and Water Resources Control Board,
where appropriate.
(mn) “Deputy Director” means the Deputy Director of the State Board of Equalization's Sales
and Use Tax Department or Property and Special Taxes Department and any person to whom the
Deputy Director delegates his or her official duties from time to time.
(no) “Executive Director” means the Executive Director of the State Board of Equalization and
any person to whom the Executive Director may delegate his or her official duties from time to
time.
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(op) “Extreme hardship” means that a person exercising ordinary care is unable to or restricted
from complying with a provision of this division due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the
person's control, such as illness, death, or disaster.
(q) “Formal Opinion” means a written opinion adopted by the Board that contains the findings of
fact and conclusions of law that form the basis of the Board’s decision on an appeal from an
action of the Franchise Tax Board and which is intended to set precedent.
(p) “Hearing” means a taxpayer's opportunity to appear before the Board during a Board meeting
and present oral arguments regarding issues of fact and law relevant to the taxpayer's matter.
(qr) “Hearing Summary” is an objective, written document intended to assist the Board in its
consideration of and decision on an appeala matter for which a Boardan oral hearing has been
scheduledrequested.
(s) “Memorandum Opinion” means a written opinion adopted by the Board that contains the
findings of fact and conclusions of law that form the basis of the Board’s decision on an appeal,
other than an appeal from an action of the Franchise Tax Board, and which is intended to set
precedent.
(t) “Nonappearance matter” means an appeal submitted to the Board for decision or a written
opinion submitted to the Board for potential adoption on the basis of the written record on file.
(u) “Nonprecedential opinion” means a Summary Decision.
(r) “Matter” means:
(1) Any petition, including, but not limited to, a petition for redetermination, petition for
reassessment, petition for reconsideration of successor liability, petition for review of local
tax reallocation inquiries, or petition for review of district tax redistribution inquiries;
(2) Claim, including a claim for refund;
(3) Appeal from an action of the Franchise Tax Board and related proceedings provided
under chapter 4;
(4) Application for administrative hearing;
(5) Petition for rehearing; and
(6) Any other item scheduled for a Board hearing in any program listed in section 5510,
including, but not limited to, requests for relief of taxes, interest, or penalties.
(sv) “Party” means the taxpayer and the Department as defined in this section.
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(1) In any matter where an agency has requested an oral hearing in accordance with chapter 2
and the taxpayer has not requested an oral hearing, the agency requesting the oral hearing
shall be the Department for purposes of this chapter, and neither the Property and Special
Taxes Department nor the Appeals Division shall be the Department.
(2) For purposes of claims or inquiries regarding the incorrect or non-distribution of local or
district taxes, the term “party” means those persons defined as parties in California Code of
Regulations, title 18, section 1807 or 1828.
(tw) “Person” shall have the same definition as that used in Revenue and Taxation Code section
19.
(x) “Precedential opinion” means a Formal Opinion or Memorandum Opinion.
(uy) “Reasonable cause” means such circumstances thatas would prevent an ordinarily prudent
and competent person exercising ordinary care and diligence from complying with a provision of
this division.
(z) “Summary Decision” means a written opinion adopted by the Board that contains the findings
of fact and conclusions of law that form the basis of the Board’s decision on an appeal and which
is not intended to set precedent.
(vaa) “Tax” means any tax, fee, surcharge, assessment, appraisal review, or exemption program
administered by the Board or another agency and which is the subject of an appealmatter before
the Board.
(wbb) “Taxpayer” means an individual or business entity that is a taxpayer, feepayer, surcharge
payer, appellant, petitioner, applicant, claimant, or any other person who has an appeal before the
Boardliability, assessment, or other matter for Board hearing such as an appeal from the actions
of the Franchise Tax Board, or who is a person directly interested in an appealany matter before
the Board under any of the programs listed in section 5510. A taxpayer is not a party to a claim
or inquiry regarding the incorrect or non-distribution of local or district taxes except as provided
in California Code of Regulations, title 18, section 1807 or 1828. The term “taxpayer” also
includes, where appropriate, the taxpayer's authorized representative.
(xcc) “Section” means a section of title 18 of the California Code of Regulations, unless
otherwise specified.
(dd) “Written opinion” means a Formal Opinion, Memorandum Opinion, or Summary Decision.
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code. References: Article XIII, Section 17, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 20, 40, 254.5, 254.6, 742, 748, 1840, 5107, 5148, 6074,
6456, 6538, 6538.5, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5, 6596, 6901, 6902, 6906, 6981, 7209, 7223, 7657,
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7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8128, 8191, 8828, 8828.5, 8852, 8877, 8878,
8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9152, 9196, 12429, 12636, 12637, 12951, 12977, 12978, 12981, 18533,
19047, 19085, 19104, 19333, 19345, 20645, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30178,
30178.1, 30243, 30243.5, 30262, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30362, 30365, 30421,
32255, 32256, 32256.5, 32257, 32302, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32402, 32402.1, 32404, 32407,
32440, 38433, 38435, 38443, 38452, 38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38602, 38605, 38631, 40093,
40102, 40103, 40103.5, 40104, 40111, 40112, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41096, 41097, 41097.5,
41098, 41100, 41101, 41104, 41107, 43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303, 43351, 43352,
43451, 43452, 43454, 43491, 45155, 45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45352, 45353, 45651,
45652, 45654, 45801, 46156, 46157, 46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353, 46501, 46502,
46505, 46551, 50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4, 50112.5, 50116, 50120.2, 50120.3, 50139, 50140,
50142, 50151, 55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5, 55083, 55102, 55103, 55221, 55222, 55224,
55281, 60209, 60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333, 60352, 60501, 60502, 60506, 60507, 60521,
60522 and 60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5512. Construction.
The following provisions of this division must be construed and applied in accordance with the
following terminology:
(a) “Must” is mandatory.
(b) “May” is permissive.
(c) “May not” means not permitted to.
(d) “Will” expresses a future contingency or predicts an action in the ordinary course of events,
but does not signify a mandatory duty.
(e) “Should” expresses a preference or a nonbinding recommendation.
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451, 32451,
38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and Taxation
Code. Reference: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and 15640,
Government Code; and Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451, 32451,
38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and Taxation
Code.
5522.8. Dismissal, Deferral, and Postponement.
(a) Dismissal. The Chief of Board Proceedings will dismiss an appeala matter under any of the
following circumstances:
(1) The taxpayer or the taxpayer’s authorized representative submits a written, signed request
for dismissal;
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(2) The Department submits a written concession of the entire amount of the deficiency,
refund, or claim at issue; or
(3) The parties submit a written stipulation, signed by all the parties, in which all parties
agree to dismissal.
(b) Deferral or Postponement of Board Hearing or Briefing. A Board Member, the Appeals
DivisionStaff, or any party to an appeala matter may submit a request to the Chief of Board
Proceedings to postponethat a Board hearing or the due date of any brief be deferred or
postponed for reasonable cause. Requests for deferral or postponement must be submitted to the
Chief of Board Proceedings.
(1) Deferral or Postponement for Short Periods of Time. The Chief of Board Proceedings
may grant a deferral or postponement for a period of 90 days or less in his or her sole
discretion, or for a period of more than 90 days with the consent of the Chief Counsel in any
of the following circumstances:
(A) A party or a representative of a party cannot appear at a Board hearing or meet a
briefing deadline due to the illness of that person or a member of that person’s immediate
family;
(B) A party or a representative of a party cannot appear at a Board hearing or meet a
briefing deadline due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict;
(C) A party has obtained a new representative who requires additional time to become
familiar with the case;
(D) The Chief of Board Proceedings has been informed that all parties desire a deferral or
postponement;
(E) The Chief of Board Proceedings has been informed by the Franchise Tax Board that
the appealmatter is being reviewed for possible settlement consideration; or
(F) Any other facts or circumstances determined by the Chief of Board Proceedings and
the Chief Counsel to constitute reasonable cause.
(2) Deferral or Postponement for Formal Settlement Negotiations. The Chief of Board
Proceedings may, in his or her discretion, grant a deferral or postponement for an initial
period of up to nine months, and thereafter, for additional periods of time in 160 day
increments, if the parties to an appealthe matter have entered into formal settlement
negotiations.
(3) Deferral or Postponement for LitigationOther Actions. The Chief Counsel may, in his or
her discretion, grant a deferral or postponement for any determined period of time due to the
following circumstances:
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(A) Theif the Chief Counsel determines that related civil or criminal litigation is pending
in state or federal court, the outcome of which is likely to have a material bearing on the
appealmatter being deferred or postponed.
(B) The Chief Counsel determines that unrelated civil or criminal litigation pending in
federal or state court contains similar issues to those claimed by parties to a matter and
that the outcome of the unrelated litigation is likely to have a bearing on the matter being
deferred or postponed.
(4) Deferral or Postponement for Bankruptcy Action. The Chief of Board Proceedings shall
postpone an appeala matter that is subject to chapter 4 of this division upon receiving notice
that the taxpayer is a debtor in a bankruptcy proceeding. The Chief of Board Proceedings
shall notify the Board and the parties that the appealmatter is postponed until the taxpayer's
bankruptcy is concluded.
(5) The Chief Counsel may, with the consent of the Board Chair, grant a deferral or postponement for any reason. (c) Additional Deferrals or Postponements. After the initial deferral or postponement period, the
The Chief Counsel may grant additional deferrals and postponements that are not described in
subdivisions (a) and (b) of this section upon a showing of extreme hardship and only with the
consent of the Board Chair.
(d) The Chief of Board Proceedings must provide written notification to the parties if a deferral
or postponement has been granted.
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 15606 and 15640, Government Code; and Sections 254.5,
254.6, 742, 748, 1840, 5148, 6074, 6456, 6538, 6538.5, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5, 6596, 6901,
6902, 6906, 6981, 7209, 7223, 7657, 7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8128,
8191, 8828, 8828.5, 8852, 8877, 8878, 8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9152, 9196, 12429, 12636, 12637,
12951, 12977, 12978, 12981, 15640, 18533, 19047, 19085, 19104, 19333, 19345, 20645, 30175,
30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30178, 30178.1, 30243, 30243.5, 30262, 30282, 30283,
30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30362, 30365, 30421, 32255, 32256, 32256.5, 32257, 32302, 32312,
32313, 32401, 32402, 32402.1, 32404, 32407, 32440, 38433, 38435, 38443, 38452, 38453,
38454, 38455, 38601, 38602, 38605, 38631, 40093, 40102, 40103, 40103.5, 40104, 40111,
40112, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41096, 41097, 41097.5, 41098, 41100, 41101, 41104, 41107,
43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303, 43351, 43352, 43451, 43452, 43454, 43491, 45155,
45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45352, 45353, 45651, 45652, 45654, 45801, 46156, 46157,
46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353, 46501, 46502, 46505, 46551, 50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4,
50112.5, 50116, 50120.2, 50120.3, 50139, 50140, 50142, 50151, 55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5,
55083, 55102, 55103, 55221, 55222, 55224, 55281, 60209, 60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333,
60352, 60501, 60502, 60506, 60507, 60521, 60522 and 60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
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5523.6. Presentation of Evidence or Exhibits.
(a) Admissible Evidence. Any relevant evidence, including affidavits, declarations under penalty
of perjury, and hearsay evidence, may be presented to the Board at a Board hearing. Each party
will be permitted to comment on or respond to any affidavits, declarations, or any other evidence
submitted.
(b) Submission of Evidence. Parties should submit documentary evidence to the Board
Proceedings Division and to the opposing party at least 14 days prior to the Board hearing in
order to facilitate the orderly consideration of the issues at the hearing. Although the Board may
permit a party mayto submit documentary evidence at the hearing, the Board is not required to
delay or postpone the hearing in order to consider evidence submitted at the hearing. The Board
will consider any objections to, and comments on, the evidence presented at the oral hearing in
assigning weight to such evidence. The Board may refuse to allow the presentation of evidence
that it considers irrelevant, untrustworthy, or unduly repetitious.
(c) Stipulation of Facts. The taxpayer and the Department may file, at any time prior to the
submission of an appealthe matter for decision, a stipulation of the facts upon which they agree,
the facts which are in dispute, and the reasons for the dispute. The Board or the Chief Counsel
may require the parties to file such a stipulation where appropriate.
(d) Official Notice. The Board may on its own or at the request of a party take official notice of
any fact that may be judicially noticed by the courts of this State. Any party may, at the Board
hearing or in its petition for rehearing, contestrefute any matter thus noticed.
(e) Distribution. Board Proceedings Staff must provide copies of any documentary evidence that
has been submitted or officially noticed, any written arguments concerning the relevance of the
evidence, and any stipulations to the Board Members, each party, and the Appeals Division.
(f) Use of Electronic Presentation. A party may only use an electronic presentation during a
Board hearing if:
(1) The hearing is held at the Board’s headquarters office at 450 N Street, in Sacramento, or
another location that is equipment for electronic presentations; and
(2) The presentation is submitted to the Board Proceedings Division at least five days prior to
the scheduled hearing date.
Note: Authority cited: California Constitution, article XIII, section 11; Government Code section
15606, 15640; Revenue and Taxation Code sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170,
30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301, 60601. Reference:
Sections 15606 and 15640, Government Code; Sections 254.5, 254.6, 742, 748, 1840, 5148,
6074, 6456, 6538, 6538.5, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5, 6596, 6901, 6902, 6906, 6981, 7081, 7209,
7223, 7657, 7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8128, 8191, 8828, 8828.5, 8852,
8877, 8878, 8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9152, 9196, 12429, 12636, 12637, 12951, 12977, 12978, 12981,
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15640, 18533, 19047, 19085, 19104, 19333, 19345, 20645, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2,
30177, 30178, 30178.1, 30243, 30243.5, 30262, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30362,
30365, 30421, 32255, 32256, 32256.5, 32257, 32302, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32402, 32402.1,
32404, 32407, 32440, 38433, 38435, 38443, 38452, 38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38602, 38605,
38631, 40093, 40102, 40103, 40103.5, 40104, 40111, 40112, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41096,
41097, 41097.5, 41098, 41100, 41101, 41104, 41107, 43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303,
43351, 43352, 43451, 43452, 43454, 43491, 45155, 45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45352,
45353, 45651, 45652, 45654, 45801, 46156, 46157, 46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353,
46501, 46502, 46505, 46551, 50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4, 50112.5, 50116, 50120.2, 50120.3,
50139, 50140, 50142, 50151, 55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5, 55083, 55102, 55103, 55221,
55222, 55224, 55281, 60209, 60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333, 60352, 60501, 60502, 60506,
60507, 60521, 60522 and 60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
ARTICLE 5. VOTING, AND DECISIONS, AND OPINIONS
5551. Voting and Decisions.
(a) Timing of Board’s Vote on an Appeal. At the conclusion of an oral hearing, theThe Board
may vote to decide an appeal after considering the appeal at a Board hearing or as a
nonappearancethe matter, or the Board may take the appealit under submission and vote to
decide it later at the same meeting or at a subsequent meeting., orThe Board may also vote to
continue a Boardthe hearing to a later date. The Board may also adopt a Memorandum Opinion
in a matter subject to chapter 2 or 3 of this division, or a Summary Decision or Formal Opinion
in a matter subject to chapter 4 of this division, or direct Appeals Staff to draft a Memorandum
Opinion, Formal Opinion, or Summary Decision and submit the opinion or decision to the Board
for consideration as a non-appearance matter at a subsequent meeting. A Formal Opinion or
Memorandum Opinion adopted by the Board may be cited as precedent in any matter or other
proceeding before the Board, unless the opinion has been depublished, overruled, or superseded.
Summary Decisions may not be cited as precedent in any matter or other proceeding before the
Board.
(b) Written Opinions. The Board may, but is not required to adopt a written opinion to decide an
appeal. The Board may vote to decide an appeal by adopting a written opinion containing its
decision, or the Board may vote to decide an appeal without adopting a written opinion at the
time of the vote.
(1) Before or after the Board votes to decide an appeal, the Board may direct Board staff to
draft a written opinion and submit the opinion to the Board for consideration as a
nonappearance matter at a subsequent meeting.
(2) If the Board votes to decide an appeal for which a written opinion is required by section
5552, but the Board does not adopt a written opinion or direct staff to draft a written opinion
at the time of the vote, then Board staff shall draft a nonprecedential opinion and submit it to
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the Board for consideration as a nonappearance matter at a subsequent meeting. In such
cases, the Board’s vote to decide the appeal is not tentative and shall not be held in abeyance,
unless the Board expressly directs staff to hold its decision in abeyance before the decision
becomes final.
(3) If the Board votes to decide an appeal and then directs staff to draft a precedential opinion
for the same appeal before the decision is final, then, unless the Board directs otherwise, the
Board’s vote to decide the appeal will be tentative, and shall be held in abeyance and subject
to change until the Board subsequently votes to adopt a precedential opinion or votes not to
adopt a precedential opinion. However, a vote to decide an appeal described in section 5310,
subdivision (a)(1) or (2) is not tentative and shall be final when made.
(4) A precedential opinion adopted by the Board may be cited as precedent in any matter or
other proceeding before the Board, unless the opinion has been depublished, overruled, or
superseded. Nonprecedential opinions may not be cited as precedent in any matter or other
proceeding before the Board.
(5) A written opinion is not confidential if the Board has already voted to decide the appeal
to which the opinion relates and the Board’s decision is not being held in abeyance pending
the Board’s consideration of the written opinion. In all other circumstances, a written
opinion is confidential unless and until adopted by the Board. In addition, confidential
taxpayer information included in a written opinion prepared for an appeal subject to chapter 2
or 3 of this division is confidential before and after the opinion is adopted, unless the
taxpayer has waived the right to confidentiality as to such information as provided in section
5573 or the opinion is required to be published pursuant to section 5552.
(cb) Dissenting and Concurring Opinions.
(1) If a precedential opinionMemorandum Opinion or Formal Opinion is presented to the
Board for adoption, any Board Member may:
(A) Submit a Dissenting Opinion setting forth the Board Member's rationale for
disagreeing with the opinionMemorandum Opinion or Formal Opinion; or
(B) Submit a Concurring Opinion setting forth the Board Member's rationale for agreeing
with the result reached in the opiniondecision, if different than the rationale set forth in
the opinionMemorandum Opinion or Formal Opinion.
(2) A Dissenting Opinion or Concurring Opinion submitted under paragraph (1) of this
subdivision is deemed to be adopted on the same date as the precedential
opinionMemorandum Opinion or Formal Opinion to which it relates is adopted, and is
publishable as a supplement to the precedential opinionMemorandum Opinion or Formal
Opinion. A Dissenting Opinion or Concurring Opinion may be cited and relied upon in the
same manner as a dissent or concurrence published in an opinion of the California Supreme
Court or California Courts of Appeal.
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Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Article XIII, Section 17, California Constitution; Sections 7.9,
11122.5, 11125, 15606 and 15640, Government Code; and Sections 40, 254.5, 254.6, 742, 748,
1840, 5148, 6074, 6456, 6538, 6538.5, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5, 6596, 6901, 6902, 6906, 6981,
7209, 7223, 7657, 7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8128, 8191, 8828, 8828.5,
8852, 8877, 8878, 8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9152, 9196, 12429, 12636, 12637, 12951, 12977, 12978,
12981, 18533, 19047, 19085, 19104, 19333, 19345, 20645, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2,
30177, 30178, 30178.1, 30243, 30243.5, 30262, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30362,
30365, 30421, 32255, 32256, 32256.5, 32257, 32302, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32402, 32402.1,
32404, 32407, 32440, 38433, 38435, 38443, 38452, 38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38602, 38605,
38631, 40093, 40102, 40103, 40103.5, 40104, 40111, 40112, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41096,
41097, 41097.5, 41098, 41100, 41101, 41104, 41107, 43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303,
43351, 43352, 43451, 43452, 43454, 43491, 45155, 45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45352,
45353, 45651, 45652, 45654, 45801, 46156, 46157, 46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353,
46501, 46502, 46505, 46551, 50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4, 50112.5, 50116, 50120.2, 50120.3,
50139, 50140, 50142, 50151, 55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5, 55083, 55102, 55103, 55221,
55222, 55224, 55281, 60209, 60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333, 60352, 60501, 60502, 60506,
60507, 60521, 60522 and 60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5552. Publication.
(a) Adoption. The Board shall adopt a written opinion for each appeal decided by the Board, on
or after January 1, 2013, in which the amount in controversy is five hundred thousand dollars
($500,000) or more.
(b) Publication. If the Board is required to adopt a written opinion pursuant to subdivision (a),
then the Board shall adopt and publish the written opinion on the Board’s Internet website within
120 days after the date upon which the Board’s vote to decide the appeal became final.
(c) Content. All written opinions required to be adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall
include all of the following:
(1) Findings of fact;
(2) The legal issue(s) presented;
(3) Citation(s) to applicable law;
(4) An analysis of the law and facts;
(5) The disposition of the matter; and
(6) The names of the adopting board members.
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(d) Amount in Controversy. “Amount in controversy” means, for purposes of subdivision (a),
the total amount of taxes, fees, penalties, interest and/or other charges directly contested by the
parties to an appeal as of the date the Board’s vote to decide that appeal becomes final.
Consolidated appeals shall be treated as one appeal in calculating the amount in controversy.
“Amount in controversy” does not include taxes, fees, penalties, interest, or other charges that
may be ancillary or related to, or calculated with reference to, directly contested amounts, unless
the taxes, fees, penalties, interest, or other charges are also directly contested. Amount in
controversy shall equal one percent of the difference between the assessed values asserted by the
parties in property tax appeals. If an appeal concerns the reallocation of local or district tax,
amount in controversy includes directly contested taxes that were reported and paid to the Board
prior to the date the Board’s decision on the appeal became final (e.g., taxes reported and paid
for the last quarter for which a return was filed prior to the finality date), and shall not include
taxes that are reported and paid to the Board after the date the Board’s vote to decide the appeal
becomes final.
(e) Application. Subdivision (a) only applies to decisions of the Board acting as a collective
body in open session to resolve a pending dispute regarding an issued assessment of tax or fee or
refund of tax or fee to a taxpayer, or the reallocation of local or district tax, that has been
scheduled and appears as a contested matter before the Board on a Board meeting notice,
including Board hearing and nonappearance matters, except for nonappearance consent calendar
action items.
(f) For purposes of Revenue and Taxation Code section 40, the Board’s decision on an appeal is
rendered on the date that the Board’s vote to decide the appeal becomes final.
Note: Authority: Section 15606, Government Code; Section 40, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5561. Petition for Rehearing.
(a) Generally. A taxpayer with an appeal a matter subject to chapter 2 of this division or
described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(3) or (4), may file a Petition for Rehearing within 30
days of the date on which notice of the Board's decision is mailed to the taxpayer. The petition
must be signed by the taxpayer or the taxpayer’s authorized representative, and:
(1) Identify an irregularity in the Board’s proceedings that prevented the fair consideration of
the taxpayer’s appealmatter;
(2) Identify an accident or surprise that occurred, which ordinary caution could not have
prevented;
(3) Identify and provide newly discovered, relevant evidence, which the taxpayerparty
requesting the rehearing could not have reasonably discovered and provided prior to the
Board’s decision; or
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(4) Demonstrate that there is insufficient evidence to justify the decision or the decision is
contrary to law.
(b) The Board encourages the use of electronic means (e.g., facsimile, e-mail, etc.) for the filing
of Petitions for Rehearing and related documents. A Petition for Rehearing or related document
shallmay be filed in accordance with section 5570electronically pursuant to this section if an
electronic copy of such document is transmitted to the Board Proceedings Division in accordance
with instructions provided on the Board's website at www.boe.ca.gov.
A Petition for Rehearing or related document may also be hand delivered to the Board's
headquarters at 450 N Street, in Sacramento, California, or mailed to the address provided
below:
Board Proceedings Division, MIC: 80 State Board of Equalization 450 N Street P.O. Box
942879 Sacramento, CA 94279-0081
(c) Acceptance or Rejection of the Petition for Rehearing.
(1) Upon receipt of a submission intended as a Petition for Rehearing, the Chief of Board
Proceedings must determine whether the submission qualifies as a Petition for Rehearing and
whether it is timely. The Chief of Board Proceedings may consult with the Appeals
DivisionStaff in making this determination.
(2) If the submission qualifies as a Petition for Rehearing and is found to be timely, the Chief
of Board Proceedings Division must accept the submission as a Petition for Rehearing and
mail a letter to all parties acknowledging itsthe acceptance.
(3) If the Chief of Board Proceedings determines that a submission intended as athe Petition
for Rehearing is not timely, the Chief of Board Proceedings Division must reject the
submissionPetition for Rehearing and will advise the taxpayer regarding alternative rights or
remedies.
(4) If the Chief of Board Proceedings determines that a submission intended as a Petition for
Rehearing is timely, but does not otherwise qualify as a Petition for Rehearing, such as where
the submission asks for a rehearing without identifying a basis for the rehearing or alleges
that there is newly discovered and relevant evidence without providing that evidence, the
Board Proceedings Division will notify the taxpayer in writing, identify the requirements of
subdivision (a) that have not be satisfied, and allow the taxpayer up to 30 days to satisfy the
necessary requirements. If the taxpayer satisfies the requirements of subdivision (a) within
the time allowed, the Board Proceedings Division will accept the original submission and any
subsequent submissions that satisfy the requirements of subdivision (a), combined, as a
Petition for Rehearing and mail a letter to all parties acknowledging the acceptance. If the
taxpayer does not satisfy the requirements of subdivision (a) within the time allowed for that
purpose, the Board Proceedings Division must reject the taxpayer’s submission.
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(5) If the Board Proceedings Division rejects a taxpayer’s submission intended as a Petition
for Rehearing, the Board Proceedings Division shall mail a letter to the taxpayer, which shall
explain that the submission was not accepted as a Petition for Rehearing and will advise the
taxpayer of any alternative rights or remedies.
(6) A taxpayer may not file more than one Petition for Rehearing with regard to the same
appeal.
(d) Chapter 4 of this division applies to Petitions for Rehearing filed with regard to appeals from
actions of the Franchise Tax Board.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651,
13170, 30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601,
Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6074, 6456, 6538, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5,
6596, 6814, 6981, 7657, 7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8191, 8828, 8828.5,
8852, 8877, 8878, 8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9196, 12429, 12431, 12636, 12637, 12951, 12977, 19048,
19104, 19334, 19346, 20645, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30243, 30243.5, 30262,
30263, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30365, 30421, 32255, 32256, 32256.5, 32257,
32302, 32304, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32404, 32407, 32440, 38433, 38435, 38443, 38445, 38452,
38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38605, 38631, 40093, 40095, 40102, 40103, 40103.5, 40104,
40111, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41089, 41096, 41097, 41097.5, 41098, 41100, 41104, 41107,
43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303, 43305, 43351, 43352, 43451, 43454, 43491, 45155,
45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45305, 45352, 45353, 45651, 45654, 45801, 46156, 46157,
46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353, 46355, 46501, 46505, 46551, 50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4,
50112.5, 50116, 50118, 50120.2, 50120.3, 50139, 50142, 50151, 55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5,
55083, 55085, 55102, 55103, 55221, 55224, 55281, 60209, 60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333,
60352, 60354, 60501, 60502, 60521 and 60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5562. Recommendation and Decision on Petition for Rehearing.
(a) After a Petition for Rehearing is accepted under section 5561, theThe Appeals Division will
should prepare and submit a written recommendation to grant or deny thea Petition for Rehearing
to the Chief of Board Proceedings, and parties to the matter at issue generally within 90 days
from the date of the letter accepting the Petition for Rehearing. The document may also
recommend changes to the Board’s decision on the appeal to which the Petition for Rehearing
relates and that the Board deny the Petition for Rehearing after making such changes.
(b) The recommendation on Petition for Rehearing will be submitted to the Board for
consideration as a nonappearancenon-appearance matter.
(c) The Chief of Board Proceedings must notify all the parties to an appealthe matter at issue of
the Board’s decision on a Petition for Rehearing.
(1) If the Board grants a rehearing based on the recommendation of the Appeals Division, or
another rationale, then the Board’s prior decision will be held in abeyance and subject to
change untilpending the resolution of the rehearing, and the applicable briefing provisions of
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chapter 2 or 3 of this division and the Board hearing provisions of this chapter apply to that
rehearing.
(A) Unless the taxpayer requesting the rehearing withdraws its request prior to the
rehearing, the Board’s prior decision on the taxpayer’s appeal will be replaced by the
Board’s decision on the taxpayer’s appeal following the rehearing.
(B) If, prior to the rehearing, the taxpayer requesting the rehearing notifies the Board
Proceedings Division in writing that the taxpayer withdraws its request for a rehearing,
the Board’s prior decision on the taxpayer’s appeal becomes final upon the receipt by the
Board Proceedings Division of the taxpayer’s withdrawal of its request for rehearing.
(2) If the Board denies a rehearing, notice of the Board decision will be issued to the
taxpayer. If the Board has not voted to change its prior decision on the taxpayer’s appeal, the
notice will be based on the Board’s prior decision and will become final 30 days after the
notice is issued. If the Board has voted to change its prior decision on the taxpayer’s appeal,
the notice will be based on the revised decision and will become final 30 days after the notice
is issued.If the Board denies a rehearing based on the recommendation of the Appeals
Division, or another rationale, then the Board’s prior decision becomes final 30 days from the
date the Chief of Board Proceedings mails the notice of the denial of the Petition for
Rehearing.
(3) A taxpayer may not file a Petition for Rehearing in response to a notice described in
paragraph (2). If the Board Proceedings Division receives a submission intended as such a
Petition for Rehearing, the Board Proceedings Division must reject the submission.
(d) Chapter 4 of this division applies to Decisions on Petitions for Rehearing with regard to
appeals from the actions of the Franchise Tax Board.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651,
13170, 30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601,
Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6074, 6456, 6538, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5,
6596, 6814, 6981, 7657, 7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8191, 8828, 8828.5,
8852, 8877, 8878, 8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9196, 12429, 12431, 12636, 12637, 12951, 12977, 19048,
19104, 19334, 19346, 20645, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30243, 30243.5, 30262,
30263, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30365, 30421, 32255, 32256, 32256.5, 32257,
32302, 32304, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32404, 32407, 32440, 38433, 38435, 38443, 38445, 38452,
38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38605, 38631, 40093, 40095, 40102, 40103, 40103.5, 40104,
40111, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41089, 41096, 41097, 41097.5, 41098, 41100, 41104, 41107,
43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303, 43305, 43351, 43352, 43451, 43454, 43491, 45155,
45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45305, 45352, 45353, 45651, 45654, 45801, 46156, 46157,
46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353, 46355, 46501, 46505, 46551, 50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4,
50112.5, 50116, 50118, 50120.2, 50120.3, 50139, 50142, 50151, 55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5,
55083, 55085, 55102, 55103, 55221, 55224, 55281, 60209, 60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333,
60352, 60354, 60501, 60502, 60521 and 60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
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5563. Rehearings.
(a) If the Board grants a rehearing in a matter subject to chapter 2 of this division, the Chief of
Board Proceedings will:
(1) Consult with the Appeals Staff to determine a briefing schedule appropriate for the
rehearing; and
(2) Inform all parties regarding such briefing schedule in writing.
(b) Chapter 4 of this division applies to rehearings granted in appeals from actions of the
Franchise Tax Board.
Note: Authority cited: Section 15606, Government Code; and Sections 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651,
13170, 30451, 32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601,
Revenue and Taxation Code. Reference: Sections 6074, 6456, 6538, 6562, 6592, 6593, 6593.5,
6596, 6814, 6981, 7657, 7657.1, 7658, 7658.1, 7700, 7700.5, 7711, 8126, 8191, 8828, 8828.5,
8852, 8877, 8878, 8878.1, 8879, 9151, 9196, 12429, 12431, 12636, 12637, 12951, 12977, 19048,
19104, 19334, 19346, 20645, 30175, 30176, 30176.1, 30176.2, 30177, 30243, 30243.5, 30262,
30263, 30282, 30283, 30283.5, 30284, 30361, 30365, 30421, 32255, 32256, 32256.5, 32257,
32302, 32304, 32312, 32313, 32401, 32404, 32407, 32440, 38433, 38435, 38443, 38445, 38452,
38453, 38454, 38455, 38601, 38605, 38631, 40093, 40095, 40102, 40103, 40103.5, 40104,
40111, 40115, 40121, 41087, 41089, 41096, 41097, 41097.5, 41098, 41100, 41104, 41107,
43157, 43158, 43158.5, 43159, 43303, 43305, 43351, 43352, 43451, 43454, 43491, 45155,
45156, 45156.5, 45157, 45303, 45305, 45352, 45353, 45651, 45654, 45801, 46156, 46157,
46157.5, 46158, 46302, 46303, 46353, 46355, 46501, 46505, 46551, 50112.2, 50112.3, 50112.4,
50112.5, 50116, 50118, 50120.2, 50120.3, 50139, 50142, 50151, 55044, 55045, 55046, 55046.5,
55083, 55085, 55102, 55103, 55221, 55224, 55281, 60209, 60210, 60211, 60212, 60332, 60333,
60352, 60354, 60501, 60502, 60521 and 60581, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5570. Filing DocumentsMailing Address.
The Board encourages the use of electronic means (e.g., facsimile, e-mail, etc.) for the filing of
all correspondence during the hearing process. During the Board’s consideration of an appeal
under this chapter, documents related to the appealCorrespondence may be filed electronically
pursuant to this section if an electronic copy of such correspondence is transmitted to the Board
Proceedings Division at the email address or fax number provided below or in accordance with
instructions provided on the Board’s website at www.boe.ca.gov.
Correspondence during the hearing process may also be hand delivered to the Board's
headquarters at 450 N Street, in Sacramento, California, or mailed to the following address:
Board Proceedings Division, MIC: 80
State Board of Equalization
450 N Street
P. O. Box 942879
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Sacramento, CA 94279-0081
Mee[email protected]
(916) 324-3984
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code.
5573. Waiver of Confidentiality.
OralBoard hearings are generally conducted during open session at public meetings held in
accordance with Government Code sections 11120 and 11123.
(a) Appeals from Actions of the Franchise Tax Board. The filing of an appeal under chapter 4
constitutes a waiver of the appellant’s right to confidentiality with regard to all of the
information provided to the Board by the appellant or the Franchise Tax Board, including, but
not limited to, information contained in a hearing summary prepared under section 5444.
(b) Sales and Use Tax, Timber Yield Tax, and Special Taxes and Fees. The filing of a written
request for a Boardan oral hearing before the Board under chapter 2 constitutes a waiver of the
taxpayer’s right to confidentiality with regard to information provided to or obtained by the
Board that is actually disclosed on the transcript of the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing before the
Board or included in the hearing summary prepared for the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing before
the Board.
(c) Property Taxes.
(1) A taxpayer waives its right to confidentiality when the taxpayer:
(A) Files a petition described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(1), (3), or (4) of chapter 3,
and submits a written request for a Boardan oral hearing before the Board; or
(B) Files an application described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(2) of chapter 3.
(2) The waiver described in paragraph (1) of this subdivision only applies to:
(A) The taxpayer’s petition or application filed under chapter 3 of this division, and any
documents filed in support of the petition or application;
(B) Any briefs filed in response to or in support of the taxpayer’s petition or application,
and any documents filed in support of such briefs;
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(C) The Hhearing Ssummary or Ssummary Ddecision prepared for the taxpayer’s
Boardoral hearing before the Board; and
(D) Any other information provided to or obtained by the Board that is actually disclosed
on the transcript of the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing before the Board.
(d) Effective Date of Waiver.
(1) A waiver described in subdivision (b) or (c) of this section is effective on the date the
Board issues its first Public Agenda Notice providing public notice of the date and time of
the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing to which the waiver applies.
(2) A waiver described in subdivision (b) or (c) may be rescinded by the taxpayer at any time
before it becomes effective, if the taxpayer agrees to waive its Boardoral hearing before the
Board. At the time a taxpayer waives a Boardan oral hearing under this paragraph, the
taxpayer may request that the Board decide the taxpayer’s appeal as a nonappearance matter
on the basis of the written record on file without an oral hearing or dismiss the taxpayer’s
appealmatter.
(e) Exceptions.
(1) Protection from Identity Theft.
(A) The waivers described in subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) do not apply to any person’s
address, telephone number, social security number, federal identification number, or
other account number, and such information will not be provided to the public in
response to a request made pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Gov. Code, §§
6250 et seq.).
(B) Nothing in this paragraph prohibits any party to a Board hearing, Board Members, or
Board Staff from referring to information described in this paragraph in briefs filed under
this division, or in a manner that will not disclose any person’s actual address, telephone
number, social security number, federal identification number, or bank account number at
a Boardan oral hearing conducted during an open session at a public meeting.
(2) Closed Session. The waivers described in subdivisions (b) and (c) do not apply to:
(A) Information that is only discussed during a portion of a Boardan oral hearing
conducted during a closed session held pursuant to Government Code section 11126, and
the procedures contained in section 5574; and
(B) The portion of a Hhearing Ssummary, if any, containing information that is only
scheduled to be discussed during a closed session.
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(f) Published Opinions. Even in the absence of a waiver, there is no right to confidentiality as to
relevant information that the Board or Board staff includes in a written opinion that is required to
be published pursuant to section 5552.
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution,; Sections 6254,
11124.1, 11125.1, 15606, 15619 and 15640, Government Code; and Sections 40, 251, 743, 833,
1840, 7051, 7056, 8251, 8255, 9251, 9255, 11651, 11655, 13170, 19542, 19545, 30451, 30455,
32451, 32455, 38701, 38705, 38706, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301, 60601
and 60609, Revenue and Taxation Code.
5574. Request for Portion of BoardOral Hearing Conducted During Closed Session.
(a) Board's Discretion to Conduct Oral Hearings During Closed Session.
(1) In general, the Board may conduct portions of Boardoral hearings requested under
chapter 2 or chapter 3 of this division during a closed session held under Government Code
section 11126.
(2) The Board may not conduct Boardoral hearings requested under the following provisions
during a closed session:
(A) Article 2 of chapter 3 of this division regarding the assessment of unitary or nonunitary property, or an electric generation facility as defined in Revenue and Taxation
Code section 721.5.
(B) Chapter 4 of this division regarding appeals from the actions of the Franchise Tax
Board.
(b) Contents of Requests. Taxpayers may request that the Board conduct a portion of a Boardan
oral hearing requested under chapter 2 or chapter 3 during a closed session. Such a request must
be in writing, specifically identify the appealmatter for which the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing
was requested, and describe the trade secrets or other confidential research, development, or
commercial information, which is likely to be presented at the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing, the
disclosure of which will cause unwarranted annoyance, embarrassment, or oppression.
(c) Manner of Filing and Due Date for Requests. Requests described in subdivision (b) must be
filed with the Chief of Board Proceedings in the manner provided in section 5570 no later than
the due date of the Response to Notice of Board Hearing provided in section 5522.6.
(d) Review of Requests.
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(1) Chief Counsel's Review and Recommendation. Upon receipt of a taxpayer’s request for
the Board to conduct a portion of a Boardan oral hearing during a closed session, the Chief
Counsel will:
(A) Review the request to determine whether the appealmatter involves trade secrets or
other confidential research, development, or commercial information the disclosure of
which would cause unwarranted annoyance, embarrassment, or oppression to any person;
(B) Prepare a written recommendation to grant or deny the request; and
(C) Submit the taxpayer's request along with the recommendation to the Board Chair.
(2) Board Chair's Discretion. Upon receipt of a taxpayer’s request under subdivision (b) and
the Chief Counsel’s recommendation to grant or deny the request, the Board Chair may
direct the Chief of Board Proceedings to schedule the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing so that a
portion of the hearing is conducted during a closed session, if the Board Chair determines
that:
(A) The appealmatter involves trade secrets or other confidential research, development,
or commercial information the disclosure of which would cause unwarranted annoyance,
embarrassment, or oppression to any person; and
(B) Such information is likely to be disclosed if the taxpayer’s Boardoral hearing is
conducted solely during an open session at a public meeting.
(3) If a portion of a Boardan oral hearing is scheduled to be conducted during a closed
session pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subdivision, that portion of the Boardoral hearing
must proceed in closed session unless a majority of the quorum present during the closed
session votes in favor of a motion to conduct the entire Boardoral hearing during an open
session.
(4) If a motion is passed in accordance with paragraph (3) of this subdivision, the taxpayer’s
Boardoral hearing must be rescheduled so that the entire hearing can be conducted during an
open session at a public meeting, and the Chief of Board Proceedings shall issue a new
Notice of Board Hearing in accordance with section 5522.6.
(A) The waivers described in subdivision (b) or (c) of section 5573 are effective on the
date the Board issues its first Public Agenda Notice providing public notice of the date
and time of the taxpayer’s rescheduled Boardoral hearing.
(B) The waivers described in subdivision (b) or (c) of section 5573 may be rescinded by
the taxpayer at any time before they become effective, if the taxpayer agrees to waive its
Boardoral hearing before the Board.
(e) Notice of Board Chair’s Decision. The Chief of Board Proceedings must notify the taxpayer
of the Board Chair's decision on a request to conduct a portion of a Boardan oral hearing during
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a closed session no later than five days prior to the issuance of the Public Agenda Notice
described in section 5573, subdivision (d).
(f) Definitions. The phrase “trade secrets or other confidential research, development, or
commercial information the disclosure of which will cause unwarranted annoyance,
embarrassment, or oppression” must be interpreted in the same manner as the terms used therein
are interpreted or defined for purposes of Code of Civil Procedure section 2031.060.
(g) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, nothing in this division shall prevent the Board
from publishing a written opinion on its Internet website when required under section 5552.
Note: Authority cited: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 15606 and
15640, Government Code; and Sections 251, 1840, 7051, 8251, 9251, 11651, 13170, 30451,
32451, 38701, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301 and 60601, Revenue and
Taxation Code. Reference: Article XIII, Section 11, California Constitution; Sections 6254,
11124.1, 11125.1, 15606, 15619 and 15640, Government Code; and Sections 40, 251, 743, 833,
1840, 7051, 7056, 8251, 8255, 9251, 9255, 11651, 11655, 13170, 19542, 19545, 30451, 30455,
32451, 32455, 38701, 38705, 38706, 40171, 41128, 43501, 45851, 46601, 50152, 55301, 60601
and 60609, Revenue and Taxation Code.
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