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January 27, 1991
Wilson's budget proposes reducing the renter's credit on state income tax by $50 for married couples and $25 for single renters. But homeowners are not asked to give up a penny of their tax breaks. According to Franchise Tax Board figures, the average homeowner deducts $8,000 for mortgage interest and property taxes. Using a 5% state tax rate, the average homeowner gets $400 a year in reduced taxes. Compare this with the current $120 renter credit for couples. Now Wilson wants to reduce the $120 to $70. Remember when taxes were based on the ability to pay?
September 8, 1996
In "It's Known as Identity Fraud, but by Any Name It's an Ugly Crime" (Aug. 25), the Federal Trade Commission sets forth tips for preventing identity fraud, among them not giving out your Social Security number. But California's Franchise Tax Board includes the recipient's Social Security number on the mailing label when it sends out tax forms. When I wrote requesting that my Social Security number be removed from the label, I was informed that they could not do so, but that I could write requesting that no tax forms be sent to our home.
April 22, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
Candidates in 20 local elections, including Los Angeles, were chosen by lot Tuesday to have their campaign contribution and spending reports audited by the state Franchise Tax Board, the first time such extensive audits will be conducted at the local level. Los Angeles was selected second on a priority list of 20 cities, counties, school districts and special districts in the random drawing conducted by the Fair Political Practices Commission.
February 19, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
Radio listeners all over California soon will be hearing the voice of newly elected Controller Gray Davis offering them tips on filing their state income taxes. Under a $10,000 program paid for by the Franchise Tax Board, which collects state income taxes, Davis has recorded a series of public service announcements publicizing extended hours for the board's toll-free tax hot line.
April 26, 1986 | CARL INGRAM and JERRY GILLAM, Times Staff Writers
A top state tax official Friday criticized California income tax collectors' newest practice of soliciting news organizations to cover the arrests of alleged tax cheaters--some in early morning hours at their homes. "It's not the way to collect taxes," said Richard Nevins, one of three members of the Franchise Tax Board, the agency responsible for collecting state income taxes. "To get money (owed), you go out and put your liens on and you get your money.
April 1, 1988 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
Indicted Iran-Contra scandal figure Albert Hakim lost a round Thursday in his low-profile fight to avoid paying approximately $250,000 in income taxes he allegedly owes the state of California.
April 19, 1992 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI
Q: One of my employees, a former undocumented alien, has been working for me since 1979. Until he received amnesty and a new Social Security number in 1988, he had been paying Social Security taxes for several years on a phony card. Social Security claims to have no records of those pre-amnesty payments. But I have records for nine of those last 16 years. What should I do to help my employee?
The software industry lost a round Tuesday when the state tax agency reversed itself and voted to upgrade California's free electronic tax-filing system. To the dismay of a small band of high-tech industry lobbyists, the board voted to revamp the state's file-by-computer system so that it does simple arithmetic for taxpayers and automatically calculates taxes owed. The vote escalates a dispute between public service providers and private firms.
Cal State Northridge officials mistakenly took nearly $70,000 in 1996 state income tax refunds that were owed to more than 700 students, university officials have acknowledged. CSUN claimed the money to collect alleged student debts--even though the students owed nothing. The tally could climb much higher after the state completes all of its income tax returns.
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