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California Earthquake Triggers Tax Relief


 The damage is real.

This summer, wildfires burned across much of northern California, sparking a need for tax relief in 11 counties. It seemed the smoke had hardly cleared when the largest earthquake to hit the state in 25 years shook the Napa region. Now tax relief is available for taxpayers impacted by the August 24 earthquake in South Napa.

Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency on the day of the quake and on Tuesday requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California as a result of the South Napa Earthquake that shook Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. His letter to the president notes, “Economic impacts of this event will be extensive. The earthquake caused significant damage throughout the region.”

Business owners and feepayers directly affected by the Napa earthquake may be eligible for the following tax relief:

  • A one-month extension of filing return dates for sales and use and other taxes.
  • Penalties and interest relief.
  • The replacement of copies of records lost due to the earthquake.

California State Board of Equalization.

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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.