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March 13, 2012 > BOE to check business permits

BOE to check business permits

Submitted By Jaime Garza

The Board of Equalization (BOE) has sent 16,738 letters to California retailers notifying them of Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program (SCOP) Team visits to educate business owners on sales and use tax reporting responsibilities, increase tax compliance and to help make the tax system fair and equal for all Californians.

California businesses receiving letters in March 2012 are located in the following 19 zip codes: Whittier (90605, 90606 and 90608); Cypress (90630); Los Alamitos (90720); Sylmar (91342); Van Nuys (91411); La Puente (91744); Indio (92203); Riverside (92509); Indian Wells (92210); San Diego (92121); Santa Rosa (95403); Fremont (94536); Morgan Hill (95037); Fresno (93711) and Chico (95926, 95929 and 95973).

Since 2008, the BOE SCOP teams have visited more than 289,000 businesses in 416 zip codes statewide to verify that retailers and businesses are registered and to make sure non-compliant businesses do not have an unfair advantage over registered businesses that are reporting their sales and use taxes and/or fees to BOE.

Seven SCOP Teams located statewide (Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, Van Nuys, Norwalk, Irvine and Riverside) conduct door-to-door, in-person visits based on zip code and check seller's permits at stores and other known retail and business locations. Business owners are asked only business-related questions. The SCOP Team does not inquire about personal financial information. SCOP teams check that registered retailers and service industry businesses have appropriate permits and licenses. Businesses found to be out of compliance are given instructions on how to register with the BOE and given information about other necessary licenses.

BOE has found that about two percent of businesses operating in California have no permits or licenses that allow for collection of sales and use taxes and other taxes and fees. Non-compliance is a contributor to the more than $2 billion sales and use "tax gap" which is the difference between the amount of taxes owed and the amount of taxes paid.

If business owners have questions, they may contact their local SCOP Team in Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, Van Nuys, Norwalk, Irvine and Riverside. Visit www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/SCOP_ContactInfo.htm

For general information, contact the Taxpayer Information Call Center at 800-400-7115.

For more information on the SCOP Team, visit www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/SCOP_Overview.htm

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