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California’s Disastrous Weather Ignites Tax Relief


 Tax relief is available for some California taxpayers.

Last updated, 8.4.15: Tax relief is available for victims of the most recent devastating California fires. Extensions and relief from penalties and interest are available for taxpayers affected by the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties and the Valley Fire in Lake and Napa counties. See this BOE news release for details.

The California State Board of Equalization has released information about the tax relief available for business owners affected by wildfires and severe storms. Additional information is available here and here.

In response to “the effects of severe storms that caused flash flooding, mudslides, and fires ignited by lightning strikes, resulting in damage to roads, highways and other infrastructure and the evacuation of residents,” California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a State of Emergency for Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties.

Where disaster strikes, tax relief often follows. It therefore comes as no surprise that the California State Board of Equalization has announced that tax relief is available for business owners affected by storms in Southern California. Taxpayers in affected counties may seek filing extensions and relief from penalties and interest for numerous taxes and fees, including but not limited to the following:

  • Sales and use taxes
  • Fire prevention fee
  • Alcoholic beverage tax
  • Cigarette and tobacco products tax
  • Fuel taxes

Information regarding online relief requests is available here.

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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.