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California BOE Schedules More Compliance Visits


 California: When SCOP teams come knocking, you have to let them in.

On April 11, the State Board of Equalization announced Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program (SCOP) teams would soon be visiting 5,916 business owners in Galt, Lodi and Ventura California. These visits “are intended to educate retailers about properly reporting sales and use tax, increase compliance with tax laws, and maintain outreach efforts to assure taxpayers the state’s tax system is fair and equal for all Californians.”

Letters explaining the visits will be sent to business owners in the following zip codes:

  • 95632 
  • 95240 
  • 95242 
  • 93001

SCOP teams go door-to-door and ask only business-related questions. Personal financial information should not be sought or disclosed. The teams do not visit home-based businesses.

More than 363,800 businesses have been visited by SCOP teams since 2008. Almost 98% of the businesses visited have been found to be in compliance. However, the BOE notes that “under-reporting taxpayers, and the other two percent that are out of compliance, are among those responsible for more than $2 billion in uncollected taxes contributing to the state’s ‘tax gap.’”

Questions about upcoming SCOP visits should be directed to local BOE SCOP Teams.

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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.