Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2021
Fee Collection Procedures Law
Chapter 3. Determinations
Article 2. Deficiency Determinations
55061. Deficiency determinations; interest; penalty; notice of deficiency determination. (a) If the board is dissatisfied with the return filed or the amount of the fee paid to the state by any feepayer, or if no return has been filed or no payment of the fee has been made to the state by a feepayer, the board may compute and determine the amount to be paid, based upon any information available to it. In addition, where the board is authorized to collect a fee for another state agency, or where the board is authorized to collect a fee under circumstances where the feepayer is not required to file a return, the board may issue a notice of determination or similar billing document for collection of the fee. One or more additional determinations may be made of the amount of the fee due for one, or for more than one period. The amount of the fee so determined shall bear interest at the modified adjusted rate per month, or fraction thereof, established pursuant to Section 6591.5, from the date the amount of the fee, or any portion thereof, became due and payable until the date of payment. In making a determination, the board may offset overpayments for a period or periods against underpayments for another period or periods and against the interest and penalties on the underpayments.
(b) If any part of the deficiency for which a determination of an additional amount due is found to have been occasioned by negligence or intentional disregard of this part or authorized regulations, a penalty of 10 percent of the amount of the determination shall be added, plus interest as provided in subdivision (a).
(c) If any part of the deficiency for which a determination of an additional amount due is found to be occasioned by fraud or an intent to evade this part or authorized regulations, a penalty of 25 percent of the amount of the determination shall be added, plus interest as provided in subdivision (a).
(d) The board shall give to the feepayer written notice of its determination. The notice shall be placed in a sealed envelope, with postage paid, addressed to the feepayer at his or her address as it appears in the records of the board. The giving of notice shall be deemed complete at the time of the deposit of the notice in a United States Post Office, or a mailbox, sub-post office, substation or mail chute, or other facility regularly maintained or provided by the United States Postal Service without extension of time for any reason. In lieu of mailing, a notice may be served personally by delivering to the person to be served and service shall be deemed complete at the time of delivery. Personal service to a corporation may be made by delivery of a notice to any person designated in the Code of Civil Procedure to be served for the corporation with summons and complaint in a civil action.
History.–Stats. 2004, Ch. 527 (SB 1881), in effect January 1, 2005, added second sentence providing "in addition, where … collection of the fee" to subdivision (a), deleted "made is" after "amount due is" in subdivision (b), and deleted "," after "to be served" in subdivision (d).