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Sacramento, CA — Business owners and feepayers impacted by the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County may request an extension to file their returns, relief of penalties and/or interest from some taxes and fees, or to replace copies of records lost to damage. That is the word from the California State Board of Equalization.

“We’re extremely grateful for our many brave firefighters, and our sympathy goes out to those who have lost homes and property,” said Board of Equalization Member George Runner. “Taxes are the last thing people should have to worry about at a time like this. That’s why we want them to know we are here to help.”

Tax and feepayers can go online to request relief from penalty or interest, and an extension of time to file a tax or fee return. Any tax or fee payer can use the online system to make their request for the tax and fee programs listed below.

Those without Internet access may call the BOE customer service center at 1-800-400-7115 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Relief from penalty and interest is available for the following programs:

  • Sales and Use Taxes
  • Oil Spill Prevention Fee and Oil Spill Response Fee
  • Fire Prevention Fee
  • Lumber Assessment Fee
  • Alcoholic Beverage Tax
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee
  • Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Excise Taxes
  • Integrated Waste Management Fee
  • Energy Resources Surcharge
  • Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee
  • Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge
  • Electronic Waste Recycling (eWaste) Fee
  • Natural Gas Surcharge
  • Marine Invasive Species Fee (Ballast Water Management Fee)
  • Timber Yield Tax
  • California Tire Fee (Tire recycling fee)
  • Fuel Taxes (Diesel Fuel Tax, Interstate User Tax, Use Fuel Tax, Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax, Aircraft Jet Fuel )
  • Hazardous Substances Fees (Environmental Fee, Activity Fee, Generator Fee, Disposal Fee, Facility Fee)
  •  Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Fee
  • Water Rights Fee

Information is available in Spanish (Información está disponible en español).

Elected in November 2010, George Runner represents the State Board of Equalization’s Second District. The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board which collects more than $53.7 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services.

For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit

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