California BOE Checks Up on Businesses
- Sep 20, 2013 | Gail Cole
Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program (SCOP) teams from the State Board of Equalization have been knocking on the doors of California businesses since 2008. Given that California is on track to become the world's 8th largest economy, there are a lot of businesses to visit. Nearly 400,000 businesses have been visited since the program began.
SCOP teams tackle areas by zip code. If you run a business in one of the following areas, be prepared for a knock on your door:
- Aguanga (92536),
- Anza (92539),
- Auburn (95603),
- Concord (94518),
- Monrovia (91016),
- Mountain Center (92561),
- Newcastle (95658),
- Penryn (95663), Petaluma (94954),
- Rancho Santa Margarita (92688),
- Rocklin (95765),
- San Diego (92110),
- Sausalito (94965),
- Wildomar (92595),
- Winchester (92596), and
- Winnetka (91306).
The eight compliance teams working their way up and down the state educate retailers on how to properly report and pay sales and use tax. It's a good time for business owners to bring questions to the table. Only business-related issues should be discussed. No personal financial information should ever be revealed to SCOP teams, and home businesses are not visited.
Most businesses--some 98%--have been found to be compliant since the inception of the program. However, the roughly 2% that have been caught underreporting or operating with incorrect permits and licenses "are among those responsible for more than $2 billion in uncollected taxes contributing to the state's 'tax gap.'"
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