The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) recently announced that tax relief may be available to certain California taxpayers impacted by the recent wildfires, floods, and mudslides. Specifically, the deadlines for individual income tax returns normally due on April 17, 2018, and quarterly estimated tax payments normally due on January 16, 2018, have been extended to April 30, 2018. More information on how to claim a disaster loss with the FTB is available here.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that taxpayers who reside or have a business in the California counties that were affected by the recent wildfires, flooding, mudflows, and debris flows may qualify for federal tax relief. Certain deadlines may be extended and penalties may be abated for taxpayers located in the covered disaster area. Taxpayers located outside the disaster area, but whose records necessary to meet a federal tax deadline are in the covered area, may also qualify for relief. For more information, click here.
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.