Franchise Tax Board Contacting Business Tax Nonfilers

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For Immediate Release

07.15.2015

Sacramento — The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) is sending letters to more than 46,000 California businesses that have not filed their 2013 state income tax returns as a first step to recovering unpaid taxes.

Business taxpayers filed 1.7 million tax returns for the 2013 tax year. Each year FTB reviews more than 5 million income records received from the IRS, the State Employment Development Department, the State Board of Equalization, financial institutions, and other businesses. FTB then matches this information against its tax records to identify nonfilers.

Last fiscal year, FTB collected approximately $36 million from businesses that initially failed to file tax returns.

FTB gives business nonfilers 30 days to file a tax return or show why one is not required. Businesses that disregard the letter will get a tax assessment based on income and other information reported to FTB. The tax assessment includes interest, fees, and penalties.

For more information go to ftb.ca.gov. Search for: Demand for Return. Select: Respond to request or demand for tax return. Businesses can request more time to respond, get information to help file a return, sign up to receive an email reminder to file, and more. Information is also available by phone at 866.204.7902.

Editor’s Note: Please call for county and city statistics.

FTB administers two of California's major tax programs: Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax. FTB also administers other non tax programs and delinquent debt collection functions, including delinquent vehicle registration debt collections on behalf of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and court–ordered debt. Annually, FTB’s tax programs collect more than 70 percent of the state’s general fund. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit taxes.ca.gov.

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