Board of Equalization Appoints Chief of Field Operations


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) announced that the Board appointed Wayne Mashihara as the new Chief of Field Operations at its January 16, 2014 meeting. His appointment takes effect immediately.

“Mr. Mashihara has distinguished himself throughout his career at BOE, and his extensive experience and knowledge is exactly what we need to help our customers and small businesses succeed in California,” said BOE Chairman Jerome E. Horton. “We congratulate Mr. Mashihara on his appointment.”

Mr. Mashihara has been with the BOE for more than 34 years. For the past year, he has served as acting Chief of Field Operations and Assistant Chief of Field for the BOE’s 4th District. He previously worked for 21 years as the District Administrator in Culver City. Mr. Mashihara graduated cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

As the Chief of Field Operations at the BOE, Mr. Mashihara reports to Deputy Director, Sales and Use Tax Department, Jeffrey L. McGuire.

Mr. Mashihara will be headquartered out of the Culver City Office and will work with all BOE field offices, Centralized Collections Section and Use Tax Administration Section in BOE’s Sales and Use Tax Department.

Mr. Mashihara replaces Stephen Rudd who retired in 2012.

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Elected in 2010, Chairman Jerome E. Horton is the Fourth District Member of the California State Board of Equalization, representing more than 8.5 million residents in Los Angeles County. He is also the Board of Equalization’s Legislative Committee Chairman. He is the first to serve on the Board of Equalization with over 21 years of experience at the BOE. Horton previously served as an Assembly Member of the California State Assembly from 2000-2006.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization is a publicly elected tax board. The Board of Equalization collects $56 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit

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