The new state Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) began hearing appeals cases as of January 1, 2018. California taxpayers may file an appeal with the OTA after receiving a Notice of Action or Notice of Determination from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) or the new California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) with an appeal deadline. Appeals will be heard by three-member panels of Administrative Law Judges in Sacramento, Fresno, and Los Angeles. Draft emergency regulations governing the appeals process are available here: https://ota.ca.gov/draft-emergency-regulations/
California counties will not automatically reassess homes due to the recent fires, because the law requires that the counties first receive an application from the homeowner. Those who lost property will need to file the appropriate county casualty abatement form for the 2016-2017 year.
Taxpayers with farms or ranches in certain California counties, cities, or districts that suffered from "exceptional, extreme or severe drought conditions" between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016, are being provided tax relief by the Internal Revenue Service in the form of deferred taxes on the gains from forced sales of livestock. Many will have an extra year to replace any livestock held for specific purposes, such a draft or dairy, and sold during the drought outside of their normal sales cycle. For details, including a list of specific designated counties, click here.