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State of California Franchise Tax Board

Criminal Investigations

The Purpose of Criminal Investigation

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) encompasses all criminal enforcement activities within the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). We investigate suspected income tax fraud, evasion, and other crimes against FTB. We play a major role to bring individuals and business entities involved in the underground economy into compliance with California’s income tax laws through fair and ethical criminal investigations, which reduces the tax gap.

The goals of the Criminal Investigation Bureau are:

§ Successful prosecution of criminal cases.
§ Seek appropriate sentencing.
§ Obtain court ordered restitution of tax, interest, and cost of investigation.
§ Publicize our results statewide to maintain the public’s trust and to promote a deterrent effect.

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