Laws, Regulations and Annotations


Business Taxes Law Guide—Revision 2024

Energy Resources Surcharge Law

Revenue and Taxation Code

Division 2. Other Taxes
Part 19. Energy Resources Surcharge Law

Chapter 4. Determination of Surcharge

Article 6. Interest and Penalties

Section 40102

40102. Excusable delay. (a) If the department finds that a person’s failure to make a timely return or payment is due to reasonable cause and circumstances beyond the person’s control, and occurred notwithstanding the exercise of ordinary care and the absence of willful neglect, the person may be relieved of the penalty provided by Sections 40067, 40081, 40096, and 40101.

(b) Except as provided in subdivisions (c) and (d), any person seeking to be relieved of the penalty shall file with the department a statement under penalty of perjury setting forth the facts upon which that person bases the claim for relief.

(c) (1) Subject to paragraph (2), the department may grant relief of the penalty for any person in an area identified in a state of emergency proclamation made by the Governor for the period the state of emergency proclamation is effective, regardless of whether the person has filed a statement with the department pursuant to subdivision (b).

(2) The department may grant the relief in paragraph (1) only during the first 12 months following the issuance of the state of emergency proclamation or the duration of the state of emergency, whichever is less.

(d)The department shall establish criteria that provide for efficient resolution of requests for relief pursuant to this section.

History—Stats. 1996, Ch. 1087, in effect January 1, 1997, added ", 40096," after "by Sections 40081" in the first paragraph, and added "or she" after "upon which he" and added "or her" after "bases his" in the second paragraph. Stats. 2000, Ch. 1052 (AB 2898), in effect January 1, 2001, re-numbered first paragraph as subdivision (a), added "40067" after "provided by Sections" of subdivision (a), re-numbered second sentence as subdivision (b), added "Except as provided in subdivision (c)," before "any person seeking" to subdivision (b), added subdivision (c). Stats. 2022, Ch. 474 (SB 1496), in effect January 1, 2023, substituted "department" for "board" throughout the section; substituted "subdivisions" for "subdivision" after "provided in,", added "and (d)," after "(c)", substituted "that person" for "he or she" before "bases", and "the" for "his or her" before "claim" in subdivision (b); added new subdivision (c): relettered former subdivision (c) to (d).