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California: BOE Teams to Visit More Than 7,800 Retailers


California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program (SCOP) teams are gearing up to visit thousands of businesses. Notification letters will soon be sent to retailers along the coast of California, in Los Angeles, and in the San Francisco Bay Area

7,863 business owners in the following zip codes should look for these notifications in the mail:

  • Brea (92821, 92823),
  • Burlingame (94010),
  • El Monte (91732),
  • Los Angeles (90041),
  • North Hollywood (91606),
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula (90274),
  • Pismo Beach (93449), and
  • Sunnyvale (94085).

According to a recent new release from the BOE, the goal of SCOP visits is to increase compliance with tax laws. Seven SCOP teams go door to door around the state and "…educate retailers about properly reporting sales and use tax… ." These "outreach efforts … assure taxpayers the state's tax system is fair and equal for all Californians."

Since 2008, SCOP teams have visited more than 330,000 businesses. Past visits have revealed that "nearly 98% of the businesses operating in California are properly registered with the Board and pay the correct taxes and fees." That's good news. "However, the other two percent that are out of compliance are among those responsible for more than $2 million in uncollected taxes contributing to the state's 'tax gap' -- the difference between the amount of taxes owed and the amount paid… ."

Business owners should know that "the BOE asks only business-related questions." The teams do not visit home-based businesses.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.