How Do You File a Return With the Board of Equalization in California?


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Some businesses can file a return with the California Board of Equalization online; a file-by-mail option is also available, according to the California State Board of Equalization. Eligible businesses can create a user identification for online filing, otherwise the BOE mails a return to the business.

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Businesses that are ready to file a return need an account number (seller’s permit number, IFTA account number), sales and deduction information for the filing period, bank account or credit card information, and purchase information. Businesses that sell motor fuel or cigarettes need additional information, the trading partner agreement Form BOE-400-TPA, and purchase and distribution information, respectively, notes the California Board of Equalization.

A tax preparer can access a client’s account and file on behalf of the business. However, the business must complete Form BOE-91 B and return it to the BOE by mail to approve a tax preparer’s access to the account, as stated by the California Board of Equalization.

Businesses have filing times assigned by the BOE. Some businesses are required to file monthly or quarterly, others have a yearly filing frequency. Those filing quarterly have a filing due date one month after the quarter ends, explains the California Board of Equalization.

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