Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Hearings

As required by the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights, the elected Members of the Board of Equalization hold annual public hearings for business and property taxes to listen to your suggestions, comments, and concerns.

This year, the Business and Property Taxpayers' Bill of Rights hearings will be held at the locations listed below starting at approximately 1:30 p.m.:

July 27, 2017
City of Irvine Civic Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606
August 29, 2017
State Board of Equalization
450 N Street, 1st Floor, Board Room
Sacramento, CA 95814

These hearings give you the opportunity to present – in person or in writing – your ideas, concerns, and recommendations regarding legislation, the quality of agency services, and other issues related to the Board's administration of its tax programs. At the business taxes hearings you can comment on the administration of sales and use taxes, environmental fees, fuel taxes, and excise taxes. At the property tax hearings you can comment on the property tax programs and laws administered by the Board, and identify ways to resolve any problems identified in the Taxpayers' Rights Advocate's current Annual Report.

When circumstances warrant, the Board's Chair may modify the order of the items on the Board's meeting agenda, which could result in a later start time for these hearings. However, please plan to arrive prior to the posted start time of the hearings if you intend to make a presentation, to ensure that you have an opportunity to be heard.

Although you are not required to make advance arrangements to speak, it will help us to prepare if you contact the Taxpayers' Rights Advocate (TRA) Office beforehand to let them know your topic. If your proposal is complex or extensive, we encourage you to submit it in advance to the TRA Office, and then summarize it in your oral presentation. If you intend to bring written materials with you to the hearing, please check with the TRA Office regarding the number of copies needed. You are also welcome to submit written comments for the public record without appearing at the hearing.

Upon request, you may receive email invitations to the Business and Property Taxpayers' Bill of Rights hearings each year by subscribing to the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Hearings BOE Updates list. To learn more about the rights provided by the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights, please see publication 70, Understanding Your Rights as a California Taxpayer.

Responses to Presenters: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016