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December 4, 2003 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
About 40% of California taxpayers will be able to file state income-tax returns online directly with the Franchise Tax Board during the filing season that begins next month, under a scaled-back plan approved by the board. In addition, the state announced Wednesday that it was sending 7,500 letters to taxpayers who are suspected of cheating to invite them to fess up, pay up and avoid harsher penalties that will go into effect next year.
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.
October 31, 2012
Re "Prop. 30 wouldn't drive out the rich," Column, Oct. 28 Michael Hiltzik says that California's millionaires don't move in response to tax increases. He bases his conclusion on a study by a couple of sociologists, not economists, engaged by the state Franchise Tax Board that purports to prove that millionaires don't leave after tax increases. Many of these millionaires either own or manage California businesses and will expand those businesses outside California. In addition, the millionaires will engage in fewer taxable activities, and the projected revenue that Gov. Jerry Brown hopes for will come up short.
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?
March 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Jim Power, a licensed trainer of guide dogs for the blind from San Rafael, was visiting a crowded Southern California theme park a week ago when he spied "a 20-something lady...with a Chihuahua on a leash. " The small pooch wore a vest identifying it as a service dog. "It didn't particularly look...very legitimate," Power told a state Senate committee looking into what the disabled community, dog trainers and businesses call a growing problem: fake service dogs. Representatives of the California restaurant, retail, hotel, apartment and condominium industries testified that dog owners, who don't want to be separated from their pets, are abusing the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws by falsely identifying their canines as working animals.
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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