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State of California Franchise Tax Board

Technical Advice Memorandums (TAM)

About TAMs

TAMs are advice given by FTB Legal in response to a specific question from FTB Staff. The TAM response is based on the laws as of the date of the TAM and for the specific situation posed in the question(s) asked. Please note that the TAMs have not been annotated to note subsequent changes in relevant law, regulations, rulings, or procedures. To protect internal proprietary information, taxpayers’ privacy, and other information exempt from disclosure these TAMs have been redacted to prevent the disclosure of exempt information. Asterisks (*****) indicate redaction of information.

The redacted documents on this page may not be considered published guidance or published procedures within the meaning of the Revenue and Taxation Code. These released documents are informational only, and may not be used or cited as precedent.

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Year 2016

  • TAM 2016-01 – Eligibility of the Texas Revised Franchise Tax for the California Other State Tax Credit

Year 2015

  • TAM 2015-02 – Reducing Tax Attributes with Post-Apportioned Cancellation-of-Debt Income.
  • TAM 2015-01 – Treatment of payments made pursuant to Cost Sharing Arrangements for California sales factor purposes.

Year 2014

  • TAM 2014-01 – TAM 2011-03 Should no longer be relied upon.

Year 2012

  • TAM 2012-01 – Request for Technical Advice Memorandum on whether a taxpayer may properly assert the existence of substantial sales in a destination state without physical presence to establish that it is subject to taxation in that state, thereby avoiding the throwback rule under Revenue and Taxation Code section 25135.

Year 2011

  • TAM 2011-04 – Exempt Organization Processing, Billing, Suspension and Revivor.
  • TAM 2011-02 – Ordering of Dividend Distributions from Subsidiaries Partially Included in a Water's Edge Combined Report.
  • TAM 2011-01 – Exclusion of Construction in Progress from the Property Factor Under Regulation 25129(b).

Year 2009

  • TAM 2009-01 - Due Process – Mailing of Notices Bearing a Facially Invalid Address (FIA).

Year 2008

  • TAM 2008-01 – Return Filing Requirements – Income Thresholds and Computed Tax.

Year 2007

  • TAM 2007-03 - Analysis of Treasury Receipts After the California Supreme Court's decisions in Microsoft and General Motors.
  • TAM 2007-02 -  Automated Processing Rules for Look-Back Transactions.
  • TAM 2007-01 - Application of Statute of Limitation Provisions to Over-Collected Amounts Received by the Franchise Tax Board Through Involuntary Collection Action.

Year 2006

  • TAM 2006-04 - Application of the recent California Supreme Court decisions in General Motors v.
    Franchise Tax Board and Microsoft v. Franchise Tax Board to determine the amount of gross
    receipts derived from treasury function activities and whether the inclusion of these receipts in
    the sales factor results in an unfair reflection of income.
  • TAM 2006-03 -- Authorizations for Electronic Fund Transfers Made on Behalf of the Taxpayer.
  • TAM 2006-02 – Clarification of California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 17742.
  • TAM 2006-01 -- Reasonable Cause for Late Payment Penalties.

Year 2005

  • TAM 2005-07 – Preparer Penalty Administrative Issues.
  • TAM 2005-06 – Mandatory E-File Noncompliance Penalty – Reasonable Cause.
  • TAM 2005-05 – No Refund of Estimated Tax Payments Where No Return Filed.
  • TAM 2005-04 -  Assessment Procedures – Wage Discrepancy.
  • TAM 2005-03 – Reporting Real Estate Commissions.
  • TAM 2005-02 – Review of Exempt Organization Applications Under the California Corporations Code.
  • TAM 2005-01 -  How Should the Audit and Legal Staff Implement the Decision of the Court of Appeal in Fujitsu IT Holdings, Inc. v. Franchise Tax Board (2004) 120 Cal.App.4th 459, Pending Consideration of Proposed Amendments to Regulation Sections 24411 and 25106.5-1?
  • TAM 2003-0305 - Calculation of Shareholder Basis in an S corporation When Some Years are Closed by the Statute of Limitations.

Year 2004

  • TAM 2004-53 -  Assessment Procedures – Entities Filing Tax Exempt Returns.
  • TAM 2003-0301 – Section 1905 of California Corporations Code – Taxes Paid Tax Clearance Certificates.

Year 2003

Year 2002

  • TAM 2002-0353 – Effective Date of Overpayment.
  • TAM 2002-0147 – Impact of AB 1843 on Final Taxable Year Tax Computation for Dissolving Corporations.
  • TAM 2002-0138 – Minimum Franchise Tax Under R&TC Section 25153(f)(1) -- Meaning of "First Taxable Year."
  • TAM 2001-0463 – Source of Income from Incentive Stock Options.

Year 2001

Year 2000

  • TAM 2000-0658 – Is a Foreign Corporation Required to Submit an Exemption Application and Receive a Determination in Accordance with R&TC Section 23701 to be Exempt from California Franchise and Income Tax?
  • TAM 2000-0344 – Retention of 2-D Barcode Returns.
  • TAM 2000-0529 – HRA Disabled Minor.
  • TAM 2000-0206 – Elections Out of 338 Elections.
  • TAM 2000-0041 – Ordering of Incentive Tax Credits.
  • TAM 2000-0373 – LLC Processing Issues.
  • TAM 2000-0253 – Notice and Demand Penalty.
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