Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2011
 

Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law

CHAPTER 8. ADMINISTRATION.

Article 2. The California Taxpayers' Bill of Rights1

Section 30459

30459. Investigation for nontax administration purposes. (a) An officer or employee of the board acting in connection with any law administered by the board shall not knowingly authorize, require, or conduct any investigation of, or surveillance over, any person for nontax administration related purposes.

(b) Any person violating subdivision (a) shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the State Civil Service Act, including dismissal from office or discharge from employment.

(c) This section shall not apply with respect to any otherwise lawful investigation concerning organized crime activities.

(d) The provisions of this section are not intended to prohibit, restrict, or prevent the exchange of information where the person is being investigated for multiple violations which include cigarette and tobacco products tax violations.

(e) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "Investigation" means any oral or written inquiry directed to any person, organization, or governmental agency.

(2) "Surveillance" means the monitoring of persons, places, or events by means of electronic interception, overt or covert observations, or photography, and the use of informants.

1Article 2 was added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 438, in effect January 1, 1993.