Solano County

Tax board wants missing income tax filings

By From page A3 | January 25, 2014

FAIRFIELD — More than 7,800 Solano County residents are being contacted by the state about failing to file 2012 income tax returns.

The state Franchise Tax Board is sending letters to more than a million people across the state. It is seeking the missing returns or verification that these people have no tax filing requirements, an agency press release said.

Each year, the agency receives more than 400 million income records from third parties such as banks, employers, state departments, the Internal Revenue Service and other sources. It matches these income records against its records of tax returns filed, the press release said.

Those contacted have 30 days to file a state tax return or show why one is not due. For people who do not respond, the Franchise Tax Board issues a tax assessment using income records to estimate the amount of state tax due. The assessment includes interest, fees and penalties that can total up to 50 percent of the tax.

People who receive a letter at can find more information online at https://ftb.ca.gov. They can search for “Respond to request/demand for tax return.” Using this online service, they can request more time to reply, retrieve information that can assist in filing a tax return, request tax forms, learn about payment options, sign up to receive an email reminder to file, and access other services. They can also call the tax board at 866 204-7902 for help.

The extended deadline to file a 2012 state tax return was Oct. 15, 2013. Last year, California taxpayers filed more than 16 million tax returns.

Receiving letters locally are 502 residents in Benicia, 306 in Dixon, 2,035 in Fairfield, 110 in Rio Vista, 635 in Suisun City, 1,685 in Vacaville and 2,568 in Vallejo, according to the Franchise Tax Board.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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