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California legislature passes bill transferring many of State Board of Equalization’s responsibilities to new tax agencies

On June 15, 2017, just 72 hours after its publication, the California legislature passed the Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017, in a move that will transfer significant responsibilities for taxation and administration from the State Board of Equalization (SBE) to two newly established agencies that will be overseen by governor-appointed directors. Effective July 1, 2017, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration will assume many of the SBE’s duties, including administration of sales and use taxes. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the Office of Tax Appeals will conduct appeals of most tax types. California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. is expected to sign this legislation.