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California Compliance Visits Continue


 Businesses in Desert Hot Springs, California, will soon be visited by a SCOP team member.

Representatives from the State Board of Equalization’s Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program (SCOP) have been knocking on the doors of businesses since 2008. The purpose of the visits is to educate retailers and increase compliance with tax laws. Every couple of months, the BOE sends written notifications to business owners, alerting them of an upcoming visit.

Businesses in the following areas (and zip codes) should soon receive written notification of upcoming SCOP team visits:

  • Aliso Viejo (92656);
  • Coachella (92236);
  • Concord (94519);
  • Desert Hot Springs (92241);
  • El Monte (91731);
  • Ladera Ranch (92694);
  • Lincoln (95648);
  • Mecca (92254);
  • North Highlands (95660);
  • Sacramento (95833);
  • San Bernardino (92410);
  • San Ramon (94583);
  • Sheridan (95681);
  • Thermal (92274);
  • Thousand Oaks (91360);
  • Thousand Palms (92276);
  • Truckee (96161);
  • West Lake Village (91361);and
  • Woodland Hills (91367).

SCOP team members verify that retailers are registered with the state and ensure that all businesses have the proper permits, report sales and use taxes accurately, and so forth. Home businesses will not be visited and personal financial information will not be discussed by team members during the visits.

To date, the vast majority of businesses—nearly 98%—have been found to be compliant. However, “Those who underreport, and the two percent without the correct permits and licenses, are among those responsible for more than $2 billion in uncollected taxes contributing to the state’s ‘tax gap’.”

Business owners will find additional information about the upcoming visits at the California BOE SCOP webpage.

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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.