News Release

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
1-916-327-8988
For Immediate Release
May 10, 2016
NR 48-16-G

2016 Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hearings in Sacramento May 24

Sacramento – 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 (BOE) annual Taxpayers' Bill of Rights hearings in Sacramento on May 24, 2016. Attendees may speak directly to the elected Members of the Board of Equalization.

When:
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Where:
Board of Equalization Headquarters Building
450 N Street, 1st Floor Board Room
Sacramento, CA 95814

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. 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.

Note: Public Service Announcements in English (script), Spanish (script), Cantonese, and Mandarin (script) available for your use.

More information about the Taxpayers' Rights Advocate Office and taxpayers' rights.


The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $60.5 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, visit the California Tax Service Center.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation, and is not considered written advice under Revenue and Taxation Code section 6596. Changes in law or regulations may have occurred since the time this news release was written. If there is a conflict between the text of this news release and the law, decisions will be based upon the law and not this news release. For specific help, please contact the BOE at 1-800-400-7115.