News Release

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release
May 24, 2016
NR 52-16-G

Free Tax Seminar for Nonprofit and Exempt Organizations Coming to Ontario

Ontario – On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Board Member George Runner and BOE Vice Chair Diane Harkey will host a free Ontario Tax Seminar for Nonprofit and Exempt Organizations to provide information about state tax laws specific to nonprofits.

State Senator Connie M. Leyva, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder Bob Dutton, San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman, the City of Ontario, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and Academy for Grassroots Organizations are co-sponsoring this event. Nonprofit leaders and tax professionals are encouraged to attend and learn more about how to avoid tax problems and identify tax benefits.

Representatives from the BOE, Employment Development Department, Franchise Tax Board, Office of the Attorney General, and Academy for Grassroots Organizations will give presentations on sales and use tax, employment taxes, regulation of charities, compliance for exempt organizations, property tax exemptions, and local resources for nonprofits.

"As the founder of a nonprofit, I understand how complicated and confusing California's tax laws can be," said Board Member Runner. "The goal of this seminar is to help nonprofits avoid common tax traps so they can be successful."

"My goal is to give all nonprofits the educational tools they need to succeed and thrive," said Vice Chair Harkey. "My office is working diligently to promote the education of nonprofit managers so they can focus on improving our communities."

Ontario Tax Seminar for Nonprofit and Exempt Organizations

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Ontario Convention Center
2000 East Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764
Free parking

1-888-847-9652 or online

Learn more about a variety of other BOE in-person classes and online seminars.

Note: These audio and video PSAs are available for your use.

Vice Chair Diane L. Harkey was elected to the Board of Equalization in November 2014 to represent the Fourth Equalization District, which includes approximately 9.5 million Californians located in Orange County, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, and a portion of San Bernardino Counties. Previously, Ms. Harkey served in the California State Assembly from 2008 to 2014. As a Member of the State Assembly, she served as Vice Chair for the Assembly Committees on Revenue and Taxation and Appropriations. Ms. Harkey graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.

George Runner represents the State Board of Equalization's First District and is a leading advocate for California taxpayers. Prior to being elected to the BOE, Runner served in the State Legislature where he authored California's Amber Alert and Blue Alert. As a member of the Senate Revenue and Taxation committee, he led the fight against tax increases and supported tax relief for all Californians. A thoughtful conservative, Runner's priorities include improving the economy, business growth, education excellence, and public safety for all Californians.

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 in California, visit

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