California – This Board Used To Collect Billions In California Taxes. Voters Might Get To Kill It.

A California tax agency that used to collect tens of billions of dollars a year could be snuffed out for good if the Legislature moves forward with a pair of bills that would kill what’s left of the Board of Equalization.

Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Sherman Oaks, wrote the bills that would finish an effort the Legislature began two years ago when it stripped the Board of Equalization of almost all of its power, budget and staff.

Back then, the Board of Equalization had more than 4,200 employees and handled about $60 billion a year in taxes and fees. It was the only elected board in the country that both set tax collection policies and weighed appeals from taxpayers. Its core duties were written into the state constitution.

Its once-expansive authority now mostly rests in two separate departments, neither of which is governed by elected politicians. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration collects dozens of taxes and fees, while the Office of Tax Appeals weighs complaints.

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by adam ashton
february 25, 2019