Senator Gaines' Taxpayer Protection Bill Vetoed By Governor

Monday, October 2, 2017

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today announced his Senate Bill 11, a measure that would have proactively waived penalties and interest for taxpayers when a California Board of Equalization (BOE) or its successor agency’s system failure prevents them from making tax payments on time, was vetoed by Governor Brown.

“I’m extremely disappointed that Governor Brown chose not to protect California taxpayers and businesses. Vetoing this bill allows the government to continue making mistakes and leaves taxpayers paying the price,” said Senator Gaines. “Senate Bill 11 was simple and fair, two elements of good governance that will remain elusive in California.”

Under current law, tax payments made after the filing deadline are subject to interest and penalty. The BOE or its successor agency is currently authorized to waive any penalties or interest if the late payment is due to a disaster or agency error, however, it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to file paperwork and petition for a refund.

Senate Bill 11 came on the heels of four separate BOE computer system failures over the past year, two of which occurred during peak filing deadlines leaving taxpayers unable to pay their tax bills on time.