Anyone with ideas, suggestions, or concerns about the administration and oversight of California’s business and property taxes is invited to attend the Board of Equalization’s annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights hearings in Culver City on June 23. Attendees may speak directly to the elected members of the Board of Equalization.

“California taxpayers deserve this chance for face-to-face interaction with their elected representatives,” said BOE Chairman Jerome E. Horton. “My Board colleagues and I are looking forward to hearing about the ideas and concerns of business and property owners about how we may improve the taxpayer experience.”

Two back-to-back hearings will be held, one to receive public input regarding business taxes (sales and use taxes, environmental fees, fuel taxes, and excise taxes), and the other regarding property taxes. Those interested in attending are invited to contact the BOE Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office by calling toll-free 1-888-324-2798, or online at www.boe.ca.gov/info/emailtra.htm. The hearings will also be broadcast live.

Enacted in January 1989, the Harris-Katz California Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights requires the BOE to ensure that the rights of California taxpayers are protected during the assessment and collection of sales and uses taxes. The Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights was expanded in 1993 to include special tax programs such as excise, fuel, and alcohol taxes, and the Morgan Property Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights was added in 1994. The Board is required by law to conduct public Bill of Rights hearings annually.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $60 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit www.taxes.ca.gov.

The event will be Tuesday, June 23, at approximately 1:30 p.m., at the Board of Equalization’s Culver City office, 5901 Green Valley Circle, 2nd Floor.

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