How You Present a Sales Tax Appeal Can Make a Big Difference in the Outcome

Fotolia_chess_KnightsThe Board of Equalization (Board) has an appeals system for tax assessments which allows anyone to represent taxpayers, or they can represent themselves.  The system is designed so that Board attorneys and auditors involved in the appeals process are unbiased, make an independent review of the case, and get a fair outcome for the taxpayer and Board.  This does not guarantee, however, that the taxpayer will always get the best results.  This article addresses the steps that should be taken to help ensure your appeal is successful.  While it focuses on California […]

California Board of Equalization Members Weigh in on Pending Medical Marijuana Legislation

On March 30, 2016 the California Board of Equalization (BOE) held a public discussion regarding pending medical marijuana legislations SB 987 and AB 2243.  Representing the legislature was Senator Mike McGuire’s Chief of Staff, Jason Liles.  The central focus of the discussion was SB 987’s introduction of a 15% tax on sales of medical marijuana that would be collected by retailers.  The anticipated revenue to be generated by this tax is estimated to be $251 million dollars with the caveat that retailers would be in 100% compliance.  The bill is set to go into effect on January 1, 2018.