Emergency Tax Relief Available for Business Owners Affected by Blue Cut Wildfire


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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) – The State Board of Equalization (BOE) announced today that business owners and tax and feepayers affected by the Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino County may request extensions to file their returns, ask for relief from penalties and/or interest for some taxes and fees, or to request replacement copies of records lost or damaged.

Emergency tax or fee relief is available from the BOE for business owners and tax and feepayers directly affected by disasters declared as state of emergencies. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for San Bernardino County on Tuesday, August 16, due to the effects of the Blue Cut Fire.

“We want to offer help to businesses that were seriously affected by the Blue Cut Fire,” said BOE Vice Chair Diane L. Harkey. “Our offices are here to discuss their options on filing extensions and waiving of interest and penalties.”

“People should not have to worry about taxes during this tragedy,” said BOE Member George Runner. “We’re doing everything we can to provide relief to those affected.”

Requesting Relief

Tax and feepayers for the programs listed below may request relief online from penalties and/or interest, and an extension of time to file their tax or fee returns. They, as well as payers of the Timber Yield Tax and Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services (MTS) Surcharge, may also call the BOE Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-800-400-7115 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time), for assistance requesting relief.

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This video (in English and Spanish) has more information on relief requests.

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