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FTB eases criteria for claiming teacher retention credit

You can
e-file
until Oct. 15

You can still e-file California tax returns during the six-month extension period following the April 16, 2001 deadline.

We will accept e-filed returns until October 15, 2001. The extended due date for the Internal Revenue Service is August 15, 2001.

Take advantage of the many benefits of e-file. If you are not yet an approved Electronic Return Originator (ERO) and you want to e-file your client's tax returns during the extension period, request an e-file application (Form 8633) by calling
(916) 845-0353.

The Teacher Retention Credit Form (Form 3505) requires teachers to enter the date they received their certification and their credential number. Some teachers, being unable to find their original teaching credential, have called the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for help. Generally, these questions are in regard to older credentials that the commission has archived on microfiche, and searching is very time consuming. The volume of inquiries has created a backlog and makes it difficult for the commission to do its ordinary work of processing new (and renewing) credentials.

To make it easier on taxpayers and the commission, we agree to accept the teacher's current

credential number and the year they received their first preliminary or clear credential. Because teachers must calculate how many years they have taught with a preliminary or clear credential in order to determine their credit, they must know when they started. If they don't have that information, they should get a copy of the credential before claiming the credit. Teachers, like all taxpayers, are responsible for the accuracy of their return. They should keep records of how they computed their years of service along with copies of related credentials with their tax records.

Board of Equalization provides variety of translated tax information on Internet
To better meet the needs of California's culturally diverse population, the California State Board of Equalization now offers web-based tax information in a number of languages. These documents are available free of charge at the Translated Publications section of their web site (www.boe.ca.gov/transpubs/transpubs.htm). Claude Parrish, Chairman, State Board of Equalization and member, Franchise Tax Board, remarked: "The Board has been translating tax-related information for some time, making this information accessible through the Internet is just one more way we can increase our service to the public."

The Board of Equalization recorded 1,447,219 hits on their web site last month and expects these translated publications to generate even more usage. Currently there are links to documents in four languages: Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Translations currently available include:
. Your California Seller's Permit
 
(Chinese, Korean, Spanish,
  Vietnamese)
. Guide to Board of Equalization
  Services
(Chinese, Korean,
  Spanish, Vietnamese)
. The California Taxpayers' Bill of
  Rights
(Chinese, Korean,
  Vietnamese)
. Tax Tips for Grocery Stores
 
(Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese)
. Filing Instructions for Sales and
  Use Tax Accounts on a Quarterly
  and Prepayment Basis
(Chinese,
  Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese)
. Audits (Korean, Spanish)
. Tax Tips for the Dining and
  Beverage Industry
(Korean,
  Spanish)
. Tax Tips for Auto Repair Garages
 
(Spanish)
. Tax Tips for Sales to Purchasers
  from Mexico
(Spanish)
. Guide to the International Fuel Tax
  Agreement
(Spanish)
. The International Fuel Tax
  Agreement
(Spanish)
. Closing Out Your Seller's Permit
 
(Spanish)

May/June 2001

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