2020 Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hearing February 2021 Tax News

The Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Hearing takes place annually during the last quarterly Franchise Tax Board meeting of each year.

The Hearing provides the opportunity to present to the three-member Franchise Tax Board proposals for changes to California’s tax laws along with any suggestions on how FTB can improve the services we provide to:

  • Industry representatives
  • Tax professionals
  • Individual taxpayers

The 2020 Hearing was held on Friday, December 18, 2020. If you were interested in the hearing, but were unable to attend or follow it live online, you can always access an archived video of this and other public meetings on our Franchise Tax Board Meetings webpage. Some of the suggestions brought forward at the most recent Hearing requested FTB to continue partnering with Covered California to generate awareness about the individual health care mandate and that FTB provide additional clarity regarding what constitutes “doing business” in California under Revenue and Taxation Code Section 23101(a).

After the Hearing, the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate’s Office works closely with business areas within FTB to prepare written responses to the suggestions and issues raised at the Hearing. Currently, there are several prior years’ responses available on the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate page at Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Hearing Responses. We anticipate that the responses for the 2020 Hearing will be completed by early February 2021. These will be available online once they are provided to the respective presenters.