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State Of California Franchise Tax Board - Anyone else? Help!

Posted by on Mar. 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM
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So, ..8 years ago we were stationed in California. I didn't work during that time, I was home with our youngest. We were there for 20 months and obviously filed taxes but as always filed in our state of residence. (Texas) 

I just got a notice yesterday for California saying we owe $900. They said because we filed in California but didn't file State that we are penalized. She wants proof that we PCS'd there, wants my husband's W2 and proof of our TX residency. She even asked how much money he made back then. 


This is nuts. It's been 8 YEARS. She says they've sent us several notices (not true). If it's about my husband I don't understand why it was addressed to me and why she kept asking me if I worked. Wouldn't I know if I worked?? 


Has this happened to anyone else? She was a total biotch too - kept cutting me off when I had questions. I feel like this is a scam but the Franchise Tax Board is a real thing. 


Help! 


She told me this has happened often with military families so I thought I'd see if it's happened to any of you. 



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by on Mar. 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM
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gunsgirl
by Silver Member on Mar. 3, 2014 at 12:31 PM

did you google to make sure the  telephone numbers were the same?

chrlstoncharmed
by Melissa on Mar. 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM

10.22.2013

Sacramento – The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today warned taxpayers of theft ploys involving scammers attempting to use FTB’s likeness for their personal gain.

“If you receive a questionable solicitation, contact FTB immediately and talk to a live agent to review your account,” said State Controller and FTB Chair John Chiang. “Taxpayers should protect their personal information and treat any unsolicited phone calls or emails with caution.”

Police have recently reported that scammers are contacting elderly people in Beverly Hills and informing them they received a red light traffic ticket last February that has been referred to FTB for collections. The scammer instructs the victim to load money on a prepaid debit card and send it to a bogus address. The scammer refers victims to an actual FTB phone number for reference.

Other scams claiming to represent FTB attempt to lure people into revealing personal and financial information, such as Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers. This type of scam is referred to as “phishing” and is a technique aimed at getting personal information for the purpose of identity theft. Scams of this nature often involve an email that masquerades as offering to check the status of your state income tax refund.

FTB takes the safety and security of taxpayer information very seriously. If anyone receives a questionable contact from FTB, they should keep the following in mind:

  • FTB can only process payments through its online Web Pay services or by mail through personal check, money order, cashier’s check, or Western Union Quick Collect payments. FTB does not have the ability to process funds from third-party issued debit cards or prepaid credit cards.
  • FTB warns taxpayers against providing personal information over the telephone or by email to those who cannot verify they are FTB employees.
  • While FTB calls people who owe taxes, FTB will never ask taxpayers for PIN numbers, passwords, or similar access information for credit cards, bank accounts, or other financial accounts.

Taxpayers who receive a questionable contact should call FTB at 800.852.5711.

FTB’s Information Privacy policy is available online at ftb.ca.gov.

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

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Oddy_Knocky
by on Mar. 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM

I did call them. That's how I have all of the information I shared. 

gunsgirl
by Silver Member on Mar. 3, 2014 at 12:37 PM

 did you call them from the number on the notice or the number from the website?

Quoting Oddy_Knocky:

I did call them. That's how I have all of the information I shared. 

 

Oddy_Knocky
by on Mar. 3, 2014 at 12:40 PM

It's really from them I just wanted to know if this has happened to anyone else and almost a decade later. You'd think them having an address on a military installation would have been enough proof. :\



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Oddy_Knocky
by on Mar. 3, 2014 at 12:40 PM

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Quoting gunsgirl:

 did you call them from the number on the notice or the number from the website?

Quoting Oddy_Knocky:

I did call them. That's how I have all of the information I shared. 



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mom2jessnky
by Dedi on Mar. 3, 2014 at 12:54 PM

California is a bunch of greedy shitheads, so this really doesn't surprise me at all. Even 8 years later.

We're South Carolina residents, we bought my Pathfinder in September, we got orders for California in December. They tried to make us pay 8% sales tax on that car when we moved her and needed to register it here. Seriously 8 fucking percent (which would have been around $4,000) because it's against the "rules" to go out of state to buy a car to avoid paying California taxes on it. I'm not even a RESIDENT of this state, I just live here because the military forced me to. I'd like to think that I'm allowed to buy a car wherever I damn well please. We had to prove that we didn't know we were coming here when we bought the car to avoid the bullshit tax on it. Had they not given us an exemption, the car would have gone straight to a Nissan dealership, I don't have $4,000 to give California because they're insane.


TL;DR doesn't surprise me one bit.

Oddy_Knocky
by on Mar. 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM
Thanks for replying..


I think she just freaked me out with all of the personal information she needed. I have an account number. That should have been good enough. Kept putting me on hold, so rude.

I'll figure it out. She threatened no take the money straight from the bank, put liens on things - there's nothing to lien!

Gah.


Quoting mom2jessnky:

California is a bunch of greedy shitheads, so this really doesn't surprise me at all. Even 8 years later.

We're South Carolina residents, we bought my Pathfinder in September, we got orders for California in December. They tried to make us pay 8% sales tax on that car when we moved her and needed to register it here. Seriously 8 fucking percent (which would have been around $4,000) because it's against the "rules" to go out of state to buy a car to avoid paying California taxes on it. I'm not even a RESIDENT of this state, I just live here because the military forced me to. I'd like to think that I'm allowed to buy a car wherever I damn well please. We had to prove that we didn't know we were coming here when we bought the car to avoid the bullshit tax on it. Had they not given us an exemption, the car would have gone straight to a Nissan dealership, I don't have $4,000 to give California because they're insane.

TL;DR doesn't surprise me one bit.

mom2jessnky
by Dedi on Mar. 3, 2014 at 1:08 PM

They really are crazy here. I'd say file a complaint against her to her supervisor but I doubt it would do any good. :-/

Quoting Oddy_Knocky: Thanks for replying.. I think she just freaked me out with all of the personal information she needed. I have an account number. That should have been good enough. Kept putting me on hold, so rude. I'll figure it out. She threatened no take the money straight from the bank, put liens on things - there's nothing to lien! Gah.
anchorgurl
by Silver Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 6:24 AM

 If you can show proof that you paid state taxes to SC for the year they are trying to collect, that should be enough for them to stop trying to collect.  Have you tried contacting SC to explain what is going on and ask them for proof that state taxes were paid that year?  HTH.

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