The purpose of the Franchise Tax Board’s Ask a Legal Expert program is to provide informal answers from our Legal staff to basic legal questions.
A basic legal tax question for Ask a Legal Expert is one where the answer requires reference to established authority,
principles or policy about California statutory or administrative franchise and income tax law, as applied to a given set of facts.
A question about a novel or controversial area of the law, or a matter that is part of a current regulatory or formal ruling project
is not basic for Ask a Legal Expert purposes. An account question, collection issue question or a question that does not require legal
analysis in our response, is not a legal question, for Ask a Legal Expert purposes.