Is California Still Looking For Your 2011 Tax Return?

Over 300 mountain residents who failed to file a 2011 California tax return are being contacted by the Franchise Tax Board to encourage late filing of the returns. (File Photo)

By Michael P. Neufeld

Sacramento, CA – California is looking for mountain residents who didn’t file a 2011 tax return.

But according to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) non-filing mountain residents won’t be the only Californians being contacted for non filing a state income tax return for last year. The FTB reports over one million state residents didn’t comply with state law requiring returns to be filed no later than October 15, 2012.

A media advisory indicates the FTB will make contact with  those who earned California income, but did not file a return for the 2011 filing year. FTB compares its records of filed tax returns with the more than 400 million income records it receives each year from third parties. FTB receives income information from the IRS, banks, employers, state departments, and other sources. FTB also uses occupational licenses and mortgage interest payment information to detect others who may also have a requirement to file a state tax return.

Similar efforts last year resulted in more than $714 million in late payments.

Last year, more than 15.8 million tax returns were filed by California taxpayers for the 2011 tax year.

LOCAL NON-FILERS

The FTB told ROTWNEWS that over 300 non-filers reside in the San Bernardino Mountains. Here is the breakdown by community:

ANGELUS OAKS – 10

BIG BEAR CITY – 97

BIG BEAR LAKE – 45

BLUE JAY – 16

CRESTLINE – 70

LAKE ARROWHEAD - 61

SUGARLOAF – 12

TWIN PEAKS – 13

Mountain communities not showing any non-filers in the FTB database are: Cedarpines Park; Fawnskin; Green Valley Lake; Rimforest; Running Springs and Sky Forest.

TAX ASSESSMENTS

Since the 1950s, FTB has contacted people who may have a filing requirement, but did not file a tax return. Those contacted have 30 days to file a state tax return or show why one is not due. When a required return is not filed, FTB issues a tax assessment using income records to estimate the amount of state tax due. The assessment includes interest, fees, and penalties that can total up to 50 percent.

FTB provides more information and online services for those receiving notices online at FRANCHISE TAX BOARD. Individuals can use the FTB’s RESPOND TO REQUEST/DEMAND FOR TAX RETURN online service to request more time to respond, retrieve information that can assist in filing a tax return, request tax forms, learn about payment options, sign up to receive an email reminder to file, and access other services.

They can also call FTB at (866) 204.7902 to get information.

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