Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2017

Rules For Tax Appeals

Chapter 3. Property Taxes*


Subarticle 8. Appeals Division Review, Prehearing Conferences, and Summaries

Rule 5338.4

5338.4. Appeals Conference.

(a) Purpose. The purpose of an appeals conference is to obtain additional facts and evidence, obtain stipulations of fact, and narrow questions of law, in order to facilitate a more efficient and productive oral hearing or other Board action on the petition.

(b) When to Hold an Appeals Conference. An appeals conference will be held for all petitions described in section 5310, subdivision (a)(2), (a)(3), and (a)(4). An appeals conference may be held only after the briefing schedule provided in section 5337.6 has concluded.

(c) Determining the Time and Location of the Appeals Conference. The Appeals Division will determine the time and location of the appeals conference. Consistent with workload constraints, the Appeals Division will attempt to ensure that the appeals conference is held at a time convenient to the petitioner. The appeals conference will ordinarily be held at the Board's headquarters in Sacramento, and may be conducted in person, by videoconference, by teleconference, or by means of a secure electronic connection. However, an in-person appeals conference may be held outside of Sacramento if the Chief Counsel determines that there is reasonable cause and that the Board has the resources to conduct an appeals conference outside of Sacramento.

(d) Notice and Scheduling. The Board Proceedings Division will schedule the appeals conference in accordance with information provided to it by the Appeals Division and will issue appropriate written notification to all parties.

(e) Conduct and Nature of the Appeals Conference. A conference holder assigned to the Appeals Division will conduct the appeals conference. To the extent practicable, the conference holder will ensure that the appeals conference is informal and non-adversarial in nature.

(f) Recording. The conference holder will not record, videotape, or arrange for court reporting of the appeals conference. Any party may arrange for the appeals conference to be recorded or reported, at that party's expense. If the appeals conference is recorded or reported, a copy of the transcript or recording must be promptly provided to all participants. A recording or transcript of an appeals conference becomes a disclosable public record, if and when the petition being discussed on the record or transcript becomes a disclosable public record under chapter 5 of this division.

(g) Additional Briefing and Evidence. If at any time before the submittal of the Hearing Summary or Summary Decision under section 5338.6, the Assistant Chief Counsel for the Appeals Division, or his or her designee, determines that insufficient briefing or evidence has been provided, the Appeals Division may request additional briefing or evidence from any party. The Appeals Division may set forth the order, deadlines, and conditions for briefing that it deems appropriate. The Appeals Division will administer any request made under this subdivision and may extend deadlines under this subdivision upon a showing of reasonable cause.

Note: Authority cited: Government Code sections 15606, 15640.

Reference: Government Code sections 15640, 15645; Revenue and Taxation Code sections 214, 254.6, 270, 1840.

History: 1. New section adopted 9-12-2007; effective 2-6-2008.

*Editorial change renaming subchapters to subarticles (Register 2008, No. 13).