The Agency and its History

Established in 1879 by a constitutional amendment, the BOE was initially charged with responsibility for ensuring that county property tax assessment practices were equal and uniform throughout the state. Currently the tax programs administered by the BOE are concentrated in four general areas: sales and use taxes, property taxes, special taxes and the tax appellate program. In 2012-13 BOE-administered taxes and fees generated $56 billion to provide essential services for the people of California. BOE administered programs accounted for more than 30 percent of all state revenue.

BOE-administered revenues support hundreds of state and local government programs and services, including schools and colleges, hospitals and health care services, criminal justice, correctional, and social welfare programs, law enforcement, consumer services, natural resource management, and transportation and housing programs.

In addition to administering key state revenue programs, the BOE plays a critical role with regard to California property taxes. Further, it acts as the appellate body for franchise and income tax appeals.