Two new departments will take over much of the BOE’s responsibilities:
– California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, will handle the tax and fee programs now under the BOE. It is scheduled to begin operations July 1, 2017. Its director would be appointed by the governor.
– An Office of Tax Appeals will be created by Jan. 1, 2018. It is intended to be a tax court staffed by administrative law judges who would be appointed from the state’s Office of Administrative Hearings. Taxpayer appeals would be heard by a panel of three judges instead of the elected board members beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Currently, taxpayers who disagree with a Board of Equalization finding about how much they owe in taxes can contest the decision with an appeal, which is heard by the elected board. Taxpayers who want to contest decisions from the administrative judges would have to file lawsuits against the state in civil court.
Three Orange County, California residents were sentenced to prison today for willfully failing to file Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBAR), disclosing their secret accounts in Switzerland and Israel.
Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, APLC is pleased to announce that its founding members Gary Slavett, David Holtz and Igor Drabkin have been distinguished as Southern California Super Lawyers for 2017. All three attorneys were selected as “best of the best” in the area of Tax Law for the upcoming year.
Beginning this year, reporting for the 2016 calendar year, the due date for filing Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBAR) changes from June 30th (which applied to all the previous tax years) to the same filing deadline as individual income tax returns, April 15.
According to the new data, 55,800 taxpayers have come into the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) to resolve their tax obligations, paying more than $9.9 billion in taxes, interest and penalties since 2009.