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State Contacting Income Earners Who Did Not File Tax Returns

While most people are working on their 2010 state tax returns, we contacted more than 900,000 people who did not file a 2009 state income tax return.

We find nonfilers by using more than 400 million income records we receive each year from third parties such as the IRS, banks, employers, state departments, and other sources. In addition, we use occupational licenses and mortgage interest payment information to detect others who may also have a requirement to file a state tax return. We then contact those who earned California income, but did not file a return for the 2009 filing year.

Last year, we collected more than $600 million through these efforts.

Since the 1950s, we have contacted people who may have a filing requirement, but have not filed a tax return. Individuals contacted have 30 days to file their state tax return or show why one is not due. When a required return is not filed, we issue a tax assessment using income records to estimate the amount of state tax due. The assessment includes interest, fees, and penalties of up to 50 percent.

We provide more information for those receiving notices under the Tax Debt Section, select: Respond to request or demand for tax return. Taxpayer scan request more time to respond, retrieve information that can assist them in filing a tax return, request tax forms, learn about payment options, sign up to receive an email reminder to file, and access other services. Individuals can also call us at 866.204.7902 to get information.

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