Have you had the California Franchise Tax Board take your Social Security check or money from your bank without notification or explanation? Did you move out of State without notifying the Board and they continue to take money from your banks accounts, though no longer a California resident—oh, you have no obligation to tell the State you moved.
“Just victimized last week. I live in Oregon. Moved from Ca late May, 2000. Never received anything from them. Never had notice of a lien. They told me that because I held a Real Estate License in the year 2000 and didn’t file a CA return in 2000 that they assessed me a tax based upon the average income of a real estate professional in CA in 2000. That average income was $45,000! They took my SS, my little savings account, and part of the support from my husband. I am frantic! to say the least.”
Adrian Vance, 8/18/13
The following is a piece now running on The Two Minute Conservative at http://adrianvance.blogspot.com. We seek the widest possible publicity and will appreciate your help in exposing a massive corruption in California.
In 2007 I filed Federal and California income taxes as I had for 47 years. With my check I included a note explaining their instructions were wrong regarding deductions. It could cost them millions, but did not affect my return. Apparently I offended somebody when I expected a gold star.
In 2009 I got a bill for my 2007 state taxes, with added interest and penalties. I checked my records and the Franchise Tax Board, FTB, had not cashed my check! I called, got a young man on line and he agreed it was not my problem if they did not cash my check. My return had passed the “Check Included” point. They lost or trashed it. He settled for the original amount. I paid it.
In 2011 I received an FTB bill for 2007, for $700. The FTB claimed I reported $10,500 more income to the IRS than them. I asked for a copy of what they had received from the IRS and they said it would be illegal. I doubted that and a call to my state Assemblyman’s office confirmed it was not true.
I called back, asking for the document, but was told I could not see it as it was “magnetic.” “How do you see it?” “On a computer screen.” “OK, touch the ‘Print Screen’ key and send me what comes out.” The line died and she would not answer my calls.
There were several more rounds of calls and correspondence, but the matter was not resolved. The IRS said not only was my return unchanged, but unchallenged and they had no record of sending anything to the FTB, but they would not put that in writing. They would sell me a copy of my return for $57. I passed.
After a few more rounds the FTB took $800 from my Social Security deposit account, which is illegal. After filing a $25 complaint with the California State Victim’s Review Board the money was returned, but I have not received requested documents saying the matter is closed.
My friend Stephen Frank, publisher of the “California Political News and Views” ran my piece on this case and got the following responses:
Something needs to be done about the fraud and corruption being done by the California FTB….they have stolen money from my bank account twice not without notifying me or due process of law…..class action lawsuit??? anyone who had been victimized by the FTB, please post so we can get this ball rolling
Guest· 5 weeks ago
Just victimized last week. I live in Oregon. Moved from Ca late May, 2000. Never received anything from them. Never had notice of a lien. They told me that because I held a Real Estate License in the year 2000 and didn’t file a CA return in 2000 that they assessed me a tax based upon the average income of a real estate professional in CA in 2000. That average income was $45,000 ! They took my SS, my little savings account, and part of the support from my husband. I am frantic ! to say the least.
Marilyn· 2 weeks ago
Me too! Last week They took $1,570.00 without notification. Nothing .Just Poof and all of my money is gone. I need to pay Rent. I need to Buy Medication. etc. I never worked in California. I am in shock.
Gerry· 1 week ago
Me too! Last week the CA FTB stole almost $2000.00 from my bank account here in Colorado. They took every last penny. I moved out of Southern California in 2006 and did not notify them so according to them they can charge me with not filing a return for 2007 and take my money. I have faxed them proof I didn’t live there but they don’t respond and you can’t reach them by phone unless you have two hours or more to be put on hold. If someone told me this happened to them before it hit me I would have doubted this is legal. My only hope is the California Taxpayer Ombudsman office. Wish me luck!”
That Stephen Frank’s publications turned up these four victims means there are many more, probably thousands. I have not heard from any, but my blog, with less than 5,000 readers per day, is 90% United States, 10% foreign and would thus have less than 500 California readers.
The California Franchise Tax Board has become a rogue bureau and a criminal enterprise, taking money from citizens at will, without regard or legal imperative. In these cases they have chased people who escaped the Peoples Democratic Republic of California. Few know how to deal with government ripoffs are afraid to deal with lawyers
I am sending copies of this to all the leading newspaper Editors, but have little hope of seeing any real action as they are all afraid of government now. They have thrown away what our founders gave them in the Constitution What does it say of American journalism that the likes of a blogger has to break a story of corruption in the California Franchise Tax Board? I expect to obtain more help from the Internet blogging community and perhaps we can embarrass the Governor’s office into the action they are required of in the law. The power to tax is the power to destroy.
The FTB is evil.