For Immediate Release
September 9, 2021
Contact: Yating Campbell
Office of Public Affairs
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Offers Tax Relief
for Businesses Impacted by Wildfires
Sacramento – Business owners and tax and fee payers affected by the Caldor Fire, Cache Fire, McFarland and Monument Fires, Antelope and River Fires, Dixie, Fly and Tamarack Fires and the Lava Fire and Beckwourth Complex Fire are eligible for relief from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA).
“As residents work to put their businesses and lives back together,” stated CDTFA Director Nick Maduros, “we are doing everything we can to provide relief during this stressful time.”
As a result of emergency proclamations issued by Governor Gavin Newsom for the counties of Alpine, Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Lake, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity, business owners and tax and fee payers affected by the wildfires may request:
- Extensions to file returns: An extension of up to three months to file and pay taxes or fees is available for most CDTFA-administered programs.
- Relief from interest and penalties: Relief from interest and penalties may be provided to people unable to file their returns and pay taxes and fees when they are due.
- Copies of CDTFA records: Taxpayers who need to obtain copies of CDTFA tax records can receive replacements free of charge.
- Updated account information: This may include changing an address, opening or closing a business location, or obtaining a copy of a seller's permit or license.
CDTFA provides these services free of charge. To learn more about this and other services offered by CDTFA, please visit our State of Emergency Tax Relief webpage.
Customer Service Center representatives are also available to assist those affected by the fires by calling toll-free at 1-800-400-7115 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific time).
Information regarding relief requests is also available in various languages online, via videos in English and Spanish, and on CDTFA's Online Services website.
The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) administers California’s sales and use, fuel, tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis taxes, as well as a variety of other taxes and fees that fund specific state programs. CDTFA-administered programs account for more than $73 billion annually, which in turn supports local essential services such as transportation, public safety and health, libraries, schools, social services, and natural resource management programs through the distribution of tax dollars going directly to local communities.