Tax News
April 2008

California’s treatment of the federal rebates

Economic stimulus payments (rebates) will be mailed beginning in May, and we have received many inquiries about the effects for California. Will we tax the federal rebate? Will taxpayers have to file a California return to receive the federal rebate? We’ll give you the answers and information. / more+

McClintock Appeal Update

In the November 2007 issue of Tax News, we reported on the State Board of Equalization’s (SBE) unpublished decision in the Appeal of Jessica McClintock. The SBE decision on “qualified employees” for employers who claim the enterprise zone hiring credit held that a person eligible for the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) public assistance program may be considered a “qualified employee” for the enterprise zone hiring credit. More information is now available about JTPA criteria and “qualified employees” relating to the enterprise zone hiring credit. / more+

Tax expenditure report 2007

When the state budget is in the red, the topic of tax expenditures becomes even more interesting than usual. We recently released our 2007 Income Tax Expenditures Report, which is filled with facts, stats, and discussions of tax expenditures – why they exist, and their effects on tax revenue. / more+

The top 10 PIT errors that delay return processing

Your clients receiving tax refunds will be even happier if you help them avoid these common errors that slow down return processing. / more+

FTB’s top twelve tax scams

Share this list with your clients to help educate them on the schemes and scams they should avoid, and why they should avoid them. / more+

California’s e-service options are ahead of the curve

This time of year, you need quick information. Go to our Website at, check My FTB Account and get answers fast, day or night, when you have questions about your client’s account. With your client's permission, check on estimated tax payments, current or past balance due, payments applied to a balance due, California wage and withholding information, 1099G or 1099 INT information, and more… / more+

Notes from the Tax Practitioner Liaison

  • Tax Practitioner Hotline: Supply and demand / more+

Inside FTB

  • Collection contact center hours changing April 1
  • FTB CIO wins 2008 Director’s Award / more+

Criminal Corner

Our monthly summary on bringing tax criminals to justice, and closing the tax gap one case at a time. / more+