Maintain Accurate Records in California
- Sales Tax News
- Mar 25, 2016 | Gail Cole
The California State Board of Equalization has proposed amendments to two regulations regarding recordkeeping requirements for California taxpayers. The suggested changes are subtle but important to recognize.
California law requires every seller, retailer, and person storing, using or otherwise consuming tangible personal property in California to “keep such records, receipts, invoices and other pertinent papers in such form as the [B]oard may require.” It also authorizes the Board or authorized other persons to “examine the books, papers, records and equipment of any person selling tangible personal property and any person liable for the use tax.”
The proposed changes are in response to technologies (new since policies were last updated) and deal primarily with electronic cash registers, electronic data, database management, and point of sale (POS) systems. Draft amendments define certain terms and provide guidance for maintaining necessary data when systems periodically overwrite data; the BOE expects taxpayers to comply with all record-keeping requirements.
Interested parties may submit comments regarding the proposed changes until 10:00 a.m. on March 29, 2016. Additional information.
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