News Release
For Immediate Release
August 28, 2020
NR 20-12
Contact: Kathryn Hall
Office of Public Affairs

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Offers Tax Relief for Businesses Impacted by Wildfires

Sacramento – Governor Gavin Newsom issued a Statewide Emergency Declaration in response to the wildfires in California. Tax and fee payers affected by the fires may request extensions to file their returns and ask for relief from penalties and/or interest for some taxes and fees. They may also ask for replacement copies of records lost due to the disaster.

Taxpayers may request relief from penalties and/or interest and ask for an extension of time to file their returns by visiting the State of Emergency Tax Relief page. For assistance, call CDTFA's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-800-400-7115 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific time).

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) administers California's sales and use, fuel, tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis taxes, as well as a variety of other taxes and fees that fund specific state programs. CDTFA-administered programs account for over $70 billion annually which in turn supports local essential services such as transportation, public safety and health, libraries, schools, social services, and natural resource management programs through the distribution of tax dollars going directly to local communities.