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California offers tax relief to businesses affected by wildfires

California business owners may find some relief after suffering from one of the state’s many wildfires.

Businesses affected by a wildfire may request an extension of tax returns, relief of penalties and/or interest from some taxes and fees or replacement copies of records lost to damage, the California Board of Equalization said.

“My heart goes out to all California residents affected by these fires,” said board member Fiona Ma. “In order to alleviate pressure during this stressful time, the BOE will grant a 30-day extension for sales and use taxes due to those affected by the fires in these counties.”

Businesses affected by the wildfires in the counties of Butte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lake, Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Solano, Tulare, Tuolumne and Yolo may request relief.

“We’re sensitive to the needs of business owners and want to provide sufficient time for anyone who has been affected by the fires,” said Vice Chair of the Board of Equalization George Runner.

Requesting relief from penalty and/or interest and an extension to file a tax/fee return can be done online, the California Board of Equalization said.

People without access to the Internet can call the Board of Equalization at 800-400-7115, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.