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Steve Sims, Taxpayers' Rights Advocate.

Bill of Rights Hearing Summarized

On December 2, 2010, the Franchise Tax Board held its annual Taxpayer Bill of Rights Hearing along with a regularly scheduled Board meeting. Practitioners and taxpayers were invited to submit issues in writing and could also request time to address the Board during the meeting to present their issue. Here are a few of the items presented to the Board.

Conformity – This continues to be an issue for California taxpayers. This year, the Board heard recommendations to review going back to a California stand-alone return.

Litigation – A taxpayer requested that the Board consider payment of taxes as a prerequisite to use of the California court system.

Standard Deduction – A taxpayer recommended an increase in the standard deduction for an older taxpayer with an increase in the tax rate to offset loss.

Power of Attorney – Practitioners recommended that all correspondence from the FTB be copied to the person with the Power of Attorney.

These are just a few of the issues we heard this year. As The Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate, my goal is to review and address each one of these issues as well as all of the issues I received in writing, and respond by February 1, 2011. My responses will be posted on our website.

Steve Sims, EA
Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate

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