Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Hearings
As required by the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, the elected Members of the Board of Equalization hold annual public hearings for business and property taxes to listen to your suggestions, comments, and concerns.
This year, the Business and Property Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights hearings will be held at the locations listed below starting at approximately 1:30 p.m.:
Board of Equalization Capitol Square Building
Board of Equalization District Office
These hearings give you the opportunity to present your ideas, concerns, and recommendations regarding legislation, the quality of agency services, and other issues related to the Board’s administration of its tax programs. At the business taxes hearings you can comment on the administration of sales and use taxes, environmental fees, fuel taxes, and excise taxes. At the property tax hearings you can comment on the property tax programs and laws administered by the Board, and identify ways to resolve any problems identified in the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate’s current Annual Report.
In order to accommodate as many speakers as possible, a limited amount of time is available for each presentation. Therefore, if your issue is complex you may wish to prepare a description of the issue in writing, submit it before the hearing, and be prepared to summarize your issue during the hearing. When circumstances warrant, the Board’s Chair may modify the order of the items on the Board’s meeting agenda, which could result in a later start time for these hearings. However, please plan to arrive prior to the posted start time of the hearings if you intend to make a presentation, to ensure that you have an opportunity to be heard.
If you wish to submit a description of your issue or other documents to the Board prior to the hearing, if you would like to be scheduled as a speaker, or if you have questions about the hearings, please contact the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office.
To learn more about the rights provided by the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, please see publication 70, Understanding Your Rights as a California Taxpayer.