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State of California Franchise Tax Board

Why Was My Business Entity Suspended or Forfeited, and What Are the Effects?

We suspend businesses for at least one of the following reasons:

  • Failure to file one or more tax returns.
  • Nonpayment of taxes and penalties, including the SOS penalty, fees, and interest.

Suspension or forfeiture affects a business in many ways. The business loses its rights, powers, and privileges to conduct business in California and will be unable to:

  • Bring an action or defend itself in court.
  • Receive an automatic extension of time to file their California income tax return.
  • File a claim for refund.
  • File or maintain an appeal with the Franchise Tax Board and Board of Equalization.
  • Begin or continue a protest.

Call us if you need assistance.

Entity type and location Telephone number
Business entities inside the U.S. 888.635.0494
Corporations outside the U.S. 916.845.7033
Limited liability companies outside the U.S. 916.845.7166
Partnerships outside the U.S. 916.845.7165

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