June 12, 2017
David Duran / 916-322-1447 o / 916-531-7317 c
Runner Blasts Budget Move
to Strip Taxpayer Rights
SACRAMENTO – George Runner issued the following statement today in response to sweeping budget legislation that would strip the Board of Equalization of nearly all its current functions:
"Taxpayers must be warned: the so-called 'Transparency and Fairness' legislation announced today by the very politicians who just voted to raise your gas tax, is neither transparent nor fair.
"This last-minute budget power grab would strip California taxpayers of their right to bring their tax appeals before their elected peers. In its place the bill would establish yet another unelected and costly tax bureaucracy.
"It's a sad but true reality: the only real alternative to an elected official is an unelected state worker.
"The proposed changes go far beyond issues identified in recent audits, nearly all of which have been addressed and corrected by the Board.
"Changes of this magnitude should not be rushed through the budget process, bypassing the deliberative process. Instead they should go through the normal policymaking process to allow public input."
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 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.