Senator Gaines' Taxpayer Protection Bill Passes Committee With Unanimous Support

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today announced his Senate Bill 11, a measure that would immediately and proactively waive penalties and interest for taxpayers when a California Board of Equalization (BOE) system failure prevents them from making tax payments on time, passed out of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance.

“I’m pleased to have the Committee’s unanimous support on this important taxpayer protection bill,” said Senator Gaines. “Senate Bill 11 is simple and fair, two elements of good governance that are too often missing in California. I look forward to the bill’s continued support as it makes its way through the legislative process.”

Under existing law, tax payments made after the filing deadline are subject to interest and penalty. The BOE is currently authorized to waive any penalties or interest if the late payment is due to a disaster or BOE error, however, it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to file paperwork and petition for a refund.

Senate Bill 11 comes on the heels of four separate BOE computer system failures over the past year, two of which occurred during peak filing deadlines leaving taxpayers unable to pay their tax bills on time.  

The bill will now head to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.