Can California ask for back taxes from 1988 and 1982?

September 10, 2003

Subject:  CA back taxes

From:  Mike
Date:  Wed, 6 Aug 2003

I am a resident of Oregon and have been for a number of years. Recently, I received a letter from the California Franchise Tax Board saying I owe back taxes from 1988 and 1982. Why have they waited this long? I don't have records back that far to verify. Can they legally do this? Where do I stand?

Mike

Answer

Date:  Fri, 29 Aug 2003

Hello Mike,

I don't really have the details to answer your question. The statute of limitations for California to make adjustments on income tax returns is usually four years after the due date when filed on time, or, if later, four years after the tax returns were actually filed.

The statute of limitations on court actions to collect tax deficiencies, penalties and interest is ten years.

There are circumstances that can extend these dates.

I recommend that you consult with a California tax attorney and will send you a name and telephone number.

Good luck!
Mike Gray

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