News Release
For Immediate Release
September 23, 2021
NR 21-04
Contact: Regina Evans

Statement of Board of Equalization Member Malia M. Cohen

On the Resumption of the Advisory Council

Sacramento – Today, California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Malia M. Cohen issued the following statement on the resumption of the BOE Advisory Council:

"When I brought the matter of resuming the BOE Advisory Council before the Board, it was unanimously adopted, and I anticipate seeing great value through its implementation. My goal in initiating the Advisory Council was to proactively engage stakeholders on various programs and operations of the Agency.

These meetings will expand opportunities for the Executive Director and staff to become informed of issues concerning stakeholders. On November 2nd, 2021, the reconvening will create a space for participants to dialogue with the BOE to improve and enhance services.

I look forward to hearing the lessons learned and new approaches that will help us serve the public regarding complex tax issues affecting policymakers, taxpayers, and other stakeholders in California."

State Board of Equalization Chair Malia M. Cohen represents nearly 10 million constituents residing in 23 counties in Northern and Central California, extending from Del Norte County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south. Board Chair Cohen is the youngest Constitutional Officer serving in California.

The Board of Equalization is California's statewide elected tax board. Its five members include four members elected in districts, and the State Controller. Under its constitutional mandate, the BOE oversees the assessment practices of the state's 58 county assessors, who are charged with establishing values for approximately 13.6 million assessments each year. In addition, the BOE assesses the property of regulated railroads and specific public utilities, and is responsible for the alcoholic beverage tax and tax on insurers.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation and is not considered written advice. Changes in law or regulations may have occurred since the time this news release was written. If there is a conflict between the text of this news release and the law, decisions will be based upon the law and not this news release.