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TATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION @
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
@
TATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
020 N STREET, SACRAMENTO,
(P.O. BOX 1799, SACRAMENTO,
CALIFORNIA
CALIFORNIA
GEORGE R REILLY
First District, San Francisco
IRIS SANKEY
Second District, San Dlego
95808)
(916) 445-4982
WILLIAM M. BENNETT
Third District. San Rafael
March 24,
1978
RICHARD NEVINS
Fourth District, Pasadena
KENNETH CGRY
Confrdkr,
a
No. ?8/5~
TO COUNTY ASSESSORS:
SUMMARYOF PROPOSEDLEGISLATION
NUMBER 10
In compliance
with your Legislative
Committee's
proposal
that you be informed
of the various
property
tax bills
and amendments being proposed in the State
Legislature,
we submit to you these measures introduced
or amended recently
that have reached our office.
We are including
only those bills
or constitutional
amendments that we feel
are of importance
to you as an assessor.
Bills
concerning
the functions
of
and other county or special
district
officials
the tax collector,
auditor,
will
usually
be excluded.
-, a
Copies of bills
and amendments introduced
may be obtained
with the Legislative
Bill
Room (State Capitol,
Room 1149,
by placing
Sacramento,
orders
9.5814).
ASSEMBLY BILLS
a
sacmmento
DOUGLAS D. BELL
Exectiivo Secrefary
No. 1840 - Amended March 13, 1978
An act to amend Se&&else 47584, Section
17052.6,
as added by Chapter
1079 of the Statutes
of 1977, to amend Sections
17384,
18212,
18433, 20542
23602, 24.427, and 24497 of, to amend and renumber Section
17052.6,
as added
by Chapter 1100 of the Statutes
of 1977, and to add Se&&en 47?3+5 4e Sections
17737.5,
2050.5, and 24443 to, and to repeal
Sections
20505 and 20505.2 of, the
Revenue and Taxation
Code, relating
to taxation,
to take effect
immediately,
tax levy.
Under the existing
Bba&e Personal
Income Tax Law and Bank and Corporation Tax Law, stock owned by persons having a specified
relationship
to the
taxpayer
is treated
as being owned by the taxpayer,
for purposes of determining gain from those transfers
of stock which are taxable.
This bill
would eliminate
those provisions
which treat
such stock as
being owned by the taxpayer,
for such purposes,
except for certain
stock
held in trust
or certain
stock owned by a partner
or beneficiary
of an estate.
Under existing
provisions
of Personal
Income Tax Law, the taxation
of
gains from disposal
of realty
is computed on specified
base periods.
This bill
would revise
those specified
dates.
Under existing
provisions
of S&a&e Personal
Income Tax Law, a deduction
for amounts distributed
currently
is allowed in determining
taxes for certain
trusts.
specified
limitations,
This bill
would specify
that any amount, within
distributed
by certain
cemetery perpetual
care funds for the care and maintenance of certain
gravesites
for which there is an obligation
to furnish
care
and maintenance
shall be considered
a distribution
solely
for purposes of
TO COUNTY ASSESSORS
-2ASSEMBLY BILLS
March 24,
1978
(Contd.)
No. 1840 - (Contd.)
such authority
to deduct such amounts in determining
taxable
income.
Under existing
provisions
of Personal
Income Tax Law, a
reasonable
extension
of time for filing
any return
or document or for payment of any tax required
by such law may be granted by the Franchise
Tax
Board whenever in its judgment good cause exists.
This bill
would require
that the Franchise
Tax Board determine
that
good cause exists
in granting
a reasonable
extension
for payment of tax and
would authorize
such board to grant a reasonable
extension
of time for filing
returns
and documents without
dc,termining
that good cause exists.
The Personal
Income Tax Law limits
the deduction
of expenses for foreign
conventions.
This bill
would limit
such deductions
under the Bank and Corporation
Tax Law.
persons 62 years of age or older who own
Under existing
law , qualified
or rent their
homes may claim state funds to reimburse
them for a portion
of the property
taxes paid on their
homes.
This bill
would provide
that unmarried
surviving
spouses, regardless
of age, may claim such state funds if Proposition
8 on the ballot
for June 6,
is approved and Proposition
13 on that ballot
is rejected.
Existing
provisions
of the Bank and Corporation
Tax Law authorize
certain
accrual
basis taxpayers
to deduct accrued expenses or interest
when
paid, rather
than when accrued.
This bill
would eliminate
:;uch authorization.
This bill
would take effect
immediately
as a tax levy, but its
operative
effect
would depend upon its effecitve
date.
No. 2411 - Amended March 15, 1978
An act to amend Sections
29373.1
and 29375.1
of the Government Code, to
amend Sections
531.6,
1651, 2610.5,
2611.4,
2821, and 3101 of, and to add
Sections
3104.5
and 4986.8
to, the Revenue and Taxation
Code, relating
to
fiscal
procedures.
Existing
law provides
for the establishment
of an overage fund in
county treasuries,
authorizes
county officers
to deposit
in such~ fund amounts
paid to such officers
which exceed, by $1 or less,
the amount due the
county for any account,
and authorize
county officers
to use such fund to
increase
the amount tendered
to any county officer
so as to equal the amount
due the county,
for any account when a difference
in an amount of $1 or
less exists.
This bill
would increase
the maximum amounts which county officers
may either
use or deposit
in such fund from $1 to $5.
Under existing
law, any county department,
officer
or employee may
refrain
from collecting
any tax assessment,
fee, penalty
or cost owing to
the county where the amount to be collected
is $1 or less.
This bill
would authorize
such governmental
entities
to refrain
from
such collection
where the amount to be collected
is $5 or less.
If a homeowners' property
tax exemptlon has been incorrectly
allowed,
existing
law authorizes
an escape assessment in the amount of such exemption
1978
TO COUNTY ASSESSORS
March 24,
-3-
ASSEMBLY RILLS
1978
(Contd.)
No. 2411 - (Contd.)
and generally
provides
for interest,
and, in certain
circumstances,
penalties,
on such assessment.
This bill
would require
local agencies to forgive
such interest
and
penalties
if the property
subject
to such escape assessment has been transferred or conveyed to a bona fide purchaser
for value during,a
specified
period.
Existing
law requires
the county auditor,
upon completion
of certain
duties,
to transmit
the unsecured property
tax roll
to the assessor9
or to
if the duty of making unsecured property
tax collections
the tax collector,
has been transferred
to such tax collector,
This bill
would eliminate
the alternative
transfer
of such roll
to the
assessor and would require
the county auditor
to transmit
such roll
to the
tax collector.
Existing
law mandates that the tax collector
of every county shall
mail a county tax bill
or copy thereof
to each assessee or fee owner of
property
on the secured roll
each year.
This bill
would instead
require
that a tax bill
or copy thereof
be
sent for each parcel
of property
on the secured roll.
an affidavit
of interest
may
Under existing
law, any person filing
apply to the tax collector
to have any parcel
separately
valued on the
current
property
tax roll
for purposes of paying taxes and the tax collector
must notify
the local planning
commission of the jurisdiction
in which the
property
is situated
of all applications
for separate
valuation.
This bill
would eliminate
the requirement
that the tax collector
make
such notification
to the planning
commission of such applications
for
separate
valuation.
Existing
law establishes
procedures
for entry of summary judgment for
certain
delinquent
taxes on property
on the unsecured property
tax roll
and provides
for interest
and certain
penalties
on such taxes subject
to
such summary judgment procedure.
This bill
would also authorize
the imposition
of a penalty
on such
delinquent
taxes of any amount equal to any bond premium posted or other
:
costs to enforce such summary judgment.
Existing
law provides
for the discharge
of accountability
of any
officer
charged with the collection
of taxes,
interest
county department,
penalties,
fees or money owing the county for any reason if the amount is
so small as not to justify
the cost of collection.
This bill
would authorize
the auditor
to cancel certain small tax
assessments if the amount is so small as not to justify
the cost of
collection.
No. 2649 - Introduced
An act to amend
subdivision
of land.
The Subdivision
any unit or units
of
a unit or contiguous
March 1, 1978
Section
66424 of the Government
Code, relating
to
Map Act defines
'%ubdivisiorP
as the division
of
land shown on the latest
county assessment role as
units,
where the division
is for the purpose of sale,
TO COUNTY ASSESSORS
March 24,
-4-
ASSEMBLY BILLS
1978
(Contd.)
No. 2649 - (Contd.)
Present law specifically
declares
nonagricultural
lease, or financing.
that-property
shall
be consider-d
a:: contiguous
units
even if it is separated
or railroad
rights-of-way.
by roads, streets,
utility
easements,
This bill
would revise
sucl: definition
to specify
that property
shall
not be considered
as contiguous
units
if it 1s separated
by public
roads,
highways,
or canals or by railroad
rights-of-way
or by any rightstreets,
of-way which is owned in fee by someone other than the owner of the
but shall
be deemed contiguous
if
property
separated
by such righl,-of-way,
separated
by utility
easements.
- Introduced
March 2, 1978
235 to, the Revenue
An act to amend Section
251 of, and to add Section
to taxation.
and Taxation
Code, relating
Existing
law does not exem-pt air or water pollution
control
facilities
from property
taxation.
This bill
would exempt suclt facilities,
as defined,
from taxation,
and
would specify
that the State Board of Equalization
shall prescribe
all
procedures
and forms to carry such exemption
into effect.
Existing
law provides
that local agencies may make claims to the
Controller
for property
tax revtnues
lost by reason of exemptions
enacted
by the Legislature.
This bill
would make no provisIon
for such payments.
This bill
would take effect
only if Assembly Constitutional
Amendment
is approved by
No. 36 of the 1977-78 Regular Session of the Legislature
. the voters and would be repealed
on January 1, 1984.
NO.
2681
March 6, 1978
- Introduced
An act to amend Sections
405.5 and 405.6 of the Revenue and Taxation
and making an appropriation
therefor.
Code, relating
to property
taxation,
Under existing
law the assessor is required
to periodically
appraise
all property
and to file
with the State Board of Equalization
on or before
March 1, 1978, a plan for the orderly
and sequential
appraisal
or reappraisal
of all property
within
such assessor's
county,
to be completed within
a
cycle of no more than 5 years.
This bill
would require
the assessor to annually
appraise
all property
with the State Board of Equalization
and, on or before March 1, 1979, to file
a plan for such annual appraisal
OL" reappraisal.
The bill
would appropriate
an unspecified
amount to the State Controller
for allocation
and disbursement
to local agencies
for the costs incurred
by
them pursuant
to the act.
NO.
2701
No. 2705 - Introduced
March 6, 1973
to add Sections
11 and :r? to the Education
Code, to add Sections
16101.5,
29100.8,
43004.5,
and 502% to the Government Code, to amend
Section
33328 of, and to add Sectioll
33L7C.5
to, the Health and Safety Code,
273, 276, 401, 437, 619.2,
722, 1606,
to amend Sections
205.5, 218, 273.5,
I'lbOl,
20542,
and 20543 of, and to add
1637, 2611-5,
2905, 4836.5,
11251,
An act
TO COUNTY ASSESSORS
March 24,
-5-
ASSEMBLY BILLS
1978
(Contd.)
No. 2705 - (Contd.)
201.1,
401.1,
2260.5,
and 2260.6 to,
Sections
37, 38, 111, 155.01,
'155.02,
the Revenue and Taxation
Code, and to add Sections
22 and 23 to the Welfare
to property
taxation
and making an approand Institutions
Code, relating
priation
therefor.
Under existing
law all property
subject
to general property
taxation
is
annually
assessed at 25% of its full
cash value.
This bill
would require
such assessments be at full
cash value and
would require
local agencies
to adjust
their property
tax rates so that they
will
receive
no additional
revenue by reason of the change in the method
of assessment.
The bill
would make related
and conforming
changes and would appropriate
an unspecified
amount to the State Controller
to reimburse
local
agencies
for costs incurred
by them by rctason of the bill.
March 6, 1978
No. 2719 - Introduced
An act to amend Section
408.1 of the Revenue and Taxation
Code, relating
to taxation.
to
Under existing
property
tax law, the county assessor is required
maintain
a list
of property
transfers
in the county,
other than transfers
of
undivided
interests,
which have occurred
within
the prior
2-year period,
with
Such list
is required
to
specified
information
regarding
such transfers.
be open to inspection
by any assessee who has filed
a timely
application
for reduction
of his assessment before the local board of equalization
or
assessment appeals board upon payment of a specified
fee, which is
presently
$10.
This bill
would allow any person to inspect
the list
of property
transfers, upon payment of the fee.
ASSEMBLY CONSTITUTIONAL AMFJDGNT
No. 76 - Introduced
March 6, 1978
A resolltltion
to propose to the people of the State of California
an
amendment to the Constitution
of the state,
by adding subdivision
(a) to
Section 3 of Article
XIII,
relating
to taxation.
Existing
constitutional
law provides
that all property
is subject
to
property
taxation,
unless an exemption
is otherwise
provided
in the
all property
is required
to
Constitution.
Moreover,
with minor exceptions,
be assessed for property
taxation
purposes at a uniform percentage
of its
fair market value.
The Legislature
has established
this ratio
at 25%.
from property
taxation,
provided
for in the
The $1,000 exemption
Constitution,
for veterans,
unmarried
spouses of deceased veterans,
and
parents
of deceased veterans,
and the dollar
limitations
thereon,
have been
interpreted
by the California
courts to be based on the assessed value of
taxable
property
and the full
value of other property.
This measure would require
the Legislature
to revise
these figures
to
maintain
the same proportionate
values for the veterans'
exemptions
and
limitations
thereon in any year in which the assessment ratio
is changed.
TO COUNTY ASSESSORS
-t -
March 24,
1978
SENATE BILLS
No. 1650 - Introduced
March 6, 1378
making an appropriation
thereAn act relating
to filing
maps ard plats,
to
take
effect
immediately.
for, and declaring
the urgency therrof,
c;overnmental
agencies which are created
(I)
Under existing
law, local
or have had boundary changes mu:.t file
a map or plat of the new boundaries
with the State Board of Equalization
by January 1st in order to impose
assessments or property
taxes for tbt> ensuing fiscal
year.
This bill
would permit a community service
district
to impose taxes
year if such map or plat is filed
or assessments
for the 1978-197~
fi:.cal
with the State Board of Equalizatior:
on or before January 20, 1978.
funds are continuously
appropriated
to
(2)
Under existing
law, state
for property
tax revenue lost by
compensate local
governmental
er.titlc?s
tax Pxemption and the partial
exemption
reason of the homeowners' property
,
for business
inventories.
districts
to impose property
This bill,
by enabling
community :;crvlce
would have the k,fI'e~t of increasing
these existing
taxes a year early,
continuous
appropriations
for such year.
(3)
This bill
would appropriate
an unspecified
sum of money from the
State General Fund to the Controller
to pay costs mandated by the bill
for
It woul~d disclaim
liability
for subsequent
the 1978-1979
fiscal
year only.
fiscal
years under Section
Z.3l of the Revenue and Taxation Code for a
specified
reason.
(4)
The bill
would take e%fect immediately
as an urgency statute.
No. 1652 - Introduced
March 6, '978
An act to amend Sections
4G5.5 and 405.6 of the Revenue
and making an appropriation
Code, relating
to property
taxation,
to periodically
Under existing
law the ass<'sso1- is required
all property
and to file
with the State Board of Equalization
March 1, 1978, a plan for the orderly
and sequential
appraisal
of all property
within
such assc>ssor's county,
to be completed
cycle of no more than 5 years.
appraise
This bill
would require
thcb a sscssor to annually
with the State Board
and, on or before March 1, 1979, to file
a plan for such annual appraisal
or reappraisal.
This bill
would appropriate:
an unspecified
amount to the
Controller
for allocation
and dl.sbur:;ement
to local
agencies
incurred
by them pursuant
to the act.
and Taxation
therefor.
appraise
on or before
or reappraisal
within
a
all property
of Equalization
State
for the costs
No. 1654 - Introduced
March 6, '1978
An act to add Section
1704-1.7
lo, and to add Chapter 2.6 (commencing
with Section 23450) to Part II of DLvisLon 2 of, the Revenue and Taxation
Code, relating
to taxation,
to I-aktl effect
immediately,
tax levy.
Under existing
Personal
In.:ome Tax LXX and Bank and Corporation
Tax
Law, non-owner-occupied
residential
dwcllir.gs
are treated
as capital
assets
and taxed accordingly.
This bill
would, in addition,
impose a speculation
tax on the gain on
the sale or exchange of a non-owner-occupied
residential
dwelling
at a 50%
rate for a residential
dwelling
soLd less than 1 year after purchase and at
TO COUNTY ASSESSORS
March 24,
-7-
SENATE BILLS
1978
(Contd.)
No. 1654 - (Contd.)
sold more than 1 but
'ate
for a residential
dwelling
after
purchase.
This bill
would take effect
immediately
as a tax levy
to residential
dwellings
acquired
after
September 1, 1978.
less
than
and would
3 years
apply
SENATF, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
No. 59 - Introduced
March 6, 1978
A resolution
to propose to the people of the State of California
an
8.5 of
amendment to the Constitution
of the state,
by amending Section
Article
XIII
thereof,
relating
to property
tax postponement.
The existing
Constitution
authorizes
the Legislature,
subject
to
specified
conditions,
to provide
for the manner in which a person of low or
moderate income who i+ 62 years of age or older may postpone ad valorem
property
taxes on the dwelling
owned and occupied by such person as such
perons's
principal
place of residence.
This measure would additionally
authorize
the Legislature,
subject
to
the same conditions,
to provide
for the manner in which any person of any
age may postpone payment of ad valorem property
tax increases
on the dwelling
owned and occupied by such person as such person's
principal
place of .
residence
which are excessive.
No. 60 - Introduced
March 6, 1978
A resolution
to propose to the people of the State of California
an
amendment to the Constitution
of the state,
by adding subdivision
(s) to
Section 3 of Article
XIII,
relating
to taxation.
Existing
constitutional
law provides
that all property
is subject
to
property
taxation,
unless an exemption
is otherwise
provided
in the
Constitution.
Moreover,
with minor exceptions,
all property
is required
to be assessed for property
taxation
purposes at a uniform percentage
of
its fair market value.
The Legislature
has established
this ratio
at 25%.
The 81,000 exemption
from property
taxation,
provided
for in the
Constitution,
for veterans,
unmarried
spouses of deceased veterans,
and
parents
of deceased veterans,
and the dollar
limitations
thereon,
have
been interpreted
by the California
courts
to be based on the assessed value
of taxable property
and the full. value of other property.
This measure would require
the Legislature
to revise
these figures
to
maintain
the same proportionate
values for the veterans'
exemptions
and
limitations
thereon in any year in which the assessment ratio
is changed.
Sincerely,
L
&;
y
. p
Jack F. Eisenlauer,
Chief
Assessment Standards Division
JFE:ebv
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