Sacramento – The new California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) will begin operation this Saturday July 1, 2017 following legislation signed into law this week by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
"This newly established department will lead to fair and equal tax administration in our state and will uphold the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights," said Government Operations Agency Secretary Marybel Batjer. "We are committed to a seamless transition and ensuring that taxpayers will see no difference in service." The new law – the Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017 – restructures the State Board of Equalization into three separate entities: The State Board of Equalization, CDTFA and the Office of Tax Appeals. CDTFA will be housed within the Government Operations Agency while the Board will be an independent agency and continue to administer property taxes. The Office of Tax Appeals is formed as an independent entity starting July 1, 2017, but doesn’t begin full operation and hearing appeals until January 1, 2018.
CDTFA will handle most of the taxes and fees previously collected by the Board of Equalization, including sales and use tax. Taxpayer and fee payer account information services and deadlines remain as they were until further notice. Additional information can be found at www.cdtfa.ca.gov and www.boe.ca.gov