CSEA Legislative Bill Watch List

CSEA’s Legislative Bill List page makes it simple and straight-forward for Members and others to follow the Society’s position on bills which affect the general public and the profession of Enrolled Agents. CSEA lobbyist and staff review introduced and amended bills throughout the legislative year sending all relevant bills to the Legislative Affairs Committee for consideration. Click on highlighted bill # to view full summary of bill history analyses and more. 

Update: Due to the COVID-19 situation, legislators are being urged to hold back their bills unless directly related to COVID-19, urgent wildfire, or homeless issues. While many of the bills on CSEA's Watch list may not move forward this legislative session, CSEA will continue to update this bill list to reflect the most up to date information. 

2020 Legislative Session

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Bill # Author Description Position
AB 1959  Mayes

Would, notwithstanding any other law, require, upon the filing of an application with a county board of equalization or assessment appeals board for a reduction in an assessment as provided, that the date on which the taxes on the secured roll for the subject real property are due and payable be tolled during the pendency of the assessment appeal. The bill would provide that any taxes owed by the taxpayer are due and payable on specified dates after the resolution of the assessment appeal, as provided, and, if unpaid, deemed delinquent and subject to penalty. The bill would authorize the Governor to suspend operation of these provisions by executive order when, in the Governor’s judgment, economic conditions affecting the market in real property on a statewide basis warrant such a suspension. The bill would also make various conforming changes. 

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 AB 2120  Patterson Under current law, unless it is shown that the failure is due to reasonable cause, any person who fails to withhold from any payments any amount required to be withheld or who fails to transmit the withheld amounts to the Franchise Tax Board on or before the due date is liable for the amount actually withheld, or the amount of taxes due from the taxpayer to whom the payments are made, whichever is greater, but not in excess of the amount required to be withheld. Current law also requires interest to be assessed if any amount required to be withheld is not paid to the Franchise Tax Board on or before the due date, computed from the due date to the date paid. This bill would specify that interest is assessed as specified unless it shown that the failure to pay is due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. Watch
 AB 2166  Kiley  The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law, in modified conformity with federal income tax laws, allow various deductions in computing the income that is subject to the taxes imposed by those laws, including a deduction for a net operating loss, as specified. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), among other things, authorizes, with respect to a taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2018, and before January 1, 2021, a net operating loss carryback to each of the 5 taxable years preceding the taxable year of that loss. This bill would, under both laws, conform to the provision of the CARES Act described above and would authorize a taxpayer to file a return for the first six months of a taxable year if that return includes a claim for a net operating loss carryback pursuant to that provision. n appropriation by the Legislature.  None
 AB 2254  Petrie-Norris Would, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1,
2025, provide that the credit allowed to residents for net income taxes paid to another state on income derived from sources within that state includes taxes paid by an S corporation that were calculated using the Cost of Goods Sold Method, as specified in the Revised Texas Franchise Tax, imposed by the State of Texas. The bill would require the Franchise Tax Board to provide the Legislature with a biannual report regarding the credit, as provided.
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 AB 2306  Melendez  The Corporation Tax Law imposes upon a corporation doing business in this state, for the privilege of exercising its corporate franchises within this state, a tax according to or measured by its net income for that taxable year, but not less than the minimum franchise tax of $800, as specified.This bill, for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2020, would repeal the minimum franchise tax imposed upon a corporation doing business in the state.  Support
 AB 2369  Nazarian Current law defines “tax liability” as a liability imposed under the Personal Income Tax Law,
the Corporation Tax Law, or the laws related to the administration of franchise and income tax laws, including any additions to tax, interest, penalties, fees, and any other amounts relating to the imposed liability. This bill would redefine “tax liability” to exclude interest, penalties, costs, or fees, except a specified fee on limited liability companies, relating to the assessment of tax, any other amounts relating to the imposed liability, and any additions to tax. The bill would require the collection period for interest, penalties, costs, or fees that may accrue with a particular tax liability to lapse at the same time as the related tax liability. 
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 AB 2430  Nazarian The Professional Fiduciaries Act provides for the licensure and regulation of professional fiduciaries and provides for the administration of those provisions by the Professional Fiduciaries Bureau, which is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Consumer Affairs. The act requires an applicant to complete 30 hours of prelicensing education courses provided by an educational program approved by the bureau as a condition of licensure. The act also requires a licensee to complete 15 hours of continuing education courses each year as a condition of license renewal or restoration. This bill, beginning January 1, 2022, would require the prelicensing education courses to include at least one hour of instruction in LGBT cultural competency, as defined by the bill.   Watch
 AB 2528  Diep Under the Sales and Use Tax Law, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is authorized to relieve a person from the payment of sales and use taxes, penalties, and interest if the department finds that a person’s failure to make a timely return or payment is due to that person’s reasonable reliance on written advice from the department, as specified. This bill would require the department to confirm receipt of a request by a person for written advice from the department by sending a letter within 30 days from the date of receipt of the request.  None
 AB 2647  Fong  The Sales and Use Tax Law imposes a tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, or on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state, and imposes the use tax on a lessee’s possession of tangible personal property in this state.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.  None
 AB 2660  Burke  Would require the Franchise Tax Board, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2026, to provide for the filing of a group return for electing nonresident aliens, as specified, and would exclude from gross income any payments made by an agent on behalf of a nonresident income in a group filing.  Watch
 AB 2667  Irwin  Current law establishes the California Board of Accountancy in the Department of Consumer Affairs for the purpose of licensing and regulating the practice of accountancy and provides that the officers of the board are a president, vice president, and a secretary-treasurer. Current law requires the president to preside at all meetings of the board, and in the event of the president’s absence or inability to act, requires the vice president to preside. This bill would require the secretary-treasurer to preside at meetings of the board if both the president and vice president are absent or unable to act.  None
 AB 2732  Rubio  Current law requires the Franchise Tax Board to administer the levy and collection of taxes pursuant to the Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law, and establishes procedures for the collection of delinquent taxes.This bill would prohibit the board from imposing a levy on salary or wages payable to or received by, or place a lien on a bank account of, a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty while deployed away from the individual’s permanent duty station.  Watch
 AB 2799  Petrie-Norris  Current property tax law requires that a contractor for the performance of appraisal work for assessors, in addition to specified requirements, maintain the confidentiality of assessee information and records. In this regard, current property tax law prohibits a contractor from providing appraisal data to the assessor or a contractor of another county who is not a party to the contract.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to these provisions.  None
 AB 3090  Ting  Current law imposes a state excise tax on the purchase of adult-use and medicinal cannabis and cannabis products at the rate of 15% of the average market price of any retail sale by a cannabis retailer. Current law also imposes a state cultivation tax upon all cultivators on all harvested cannabis that enters the commercial market, at specified rates per dry-weight ounce of cannabis flowers and leaves. Current law requires the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to administer the cannabis excise tax and the cannabis cultivation tax. This bill, on or before January 1, 2022, would require the California Department of Tax and Fee administration to issue and deliver to the Legislature a report on how the state, cities, and counties could receive any cannabis tax amounts due by payment using stablecoins, as described.  Watch
 AB 3233  Obernolte  The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law, in modified conformity with federal income tax laws, provide for particular treatment of regulated investment companies, as specified, including by authorizing a regulated investment company to pay exempt-interest dividends to its shareholders if, at the close of each quarter of its taxable year, at least 50 percent of the value of its total assets consists of obligations that, when held by an individual, the interest therefrom is exempt from taxation by this state. This bill would authorize a regulated investment company to pay exempt-interest dividends to its shareholders without requiring 50 percent of the value of its total assets to be constituted as described above. None 
SB 934   Bates  The Corporation Tax Law exempts the income of various types of nonprofit organizations from taxes imposed by that law, except as provided, if an application for exemption is filed with, and a filing fee of $25 is paid to, the Franchise Tax Board and the Franchise Tax Board issues a determination exempting the organization from tax. Current law also requires, among other things, that filing fee to be paid when an organization whose exemption was revoked applies to reestablish as an exempt organization. This bill would eliminate the $25 filing fee on January 1, 2021.  Watch
SB 956   Jackson Would establish in state government the California Tax Expenditure Review Board as an
independent advisory body to comprehensively assess major tax expenditures, as defined, and make recommendations to the Legislature. The bill would require the board to be composed of 5 members, as specified, who would serve without compensation.
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SB 972   Skinner  Would, on or before April 1, 2021, and on and before each April 1 thereafter, authorize and require that the Franchise Tax Board provide to the ____ a list of all taxpayers subject to tax under the Corporation Tax Law, with gross receipts of $5,000,000,000 or more, as measured by gross receipts, less returns and allowances, for the taxable year reported on a return in the previous calendar year. The bill would require the list to include the name and tax liability of each taxpayer, the taxable year for which the return is filed, the total gross receipts for that taxable year, and the amount of credits claimed for that taxable year. The bill would require the ____to post the information provided by the Franchise Tax Board on its internet website by May 1, 2021, and each May 1 thereafter, in a list that includes specified information.  None
SB 1059   Hill  The California Constitution generally limits the maximum rate of ad valorem tax on real
property to 1% of the full cash value of the property and defines “full cash value” for these purposes as the appraised value of real property when purchased, newly constructed, or a change in ownership has occurred after the 1975 assessment. Pursuant to constitutional authorization, current property tax law excludes from the definition of “newly constructed” for these purposes the construction or addition of any active solar energy system, as defined, through the 2023–24 fiscal year. Under existing property tax law, this exclusion remains in effect only until there is a subsequent change in ownership, but an active solar energy system that qualifies for the exclusion before January 1, 2025, will continue to receive the exclusion until there is a subsequent change in ownership. This bill would provide that a subsequent change in ownership for these purposes does not include a change in ownership of the real property of a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or other legal entity in which another corporation, partnership, limited liability company, other legal entity, or any other person obtains a controlling interest, as specified.
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 SB 1072  McGuire Would authorize a local agency, defined to mean a city, county, or city and county, including
a charter city, county, or city and county, to enact an ordinance exclusively delegating its authority to collect any transient occupancy tax imposed by that local agency on short-term rentals to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and to enter into a contract with the department to perform all functions incident to the collection and administration of any transient occupancy tax imposed on a short-term rental as specified in this bill. This bill would define a short-term rental to mean the occupancy of a home, house, a room in a home or house, or other lodging that is not a hotel or motel in this state for a period of 30 days or less and under any other circumstances specified by the local agency in its ordinance that is facilitated by an online short-term rental facilitator, as defined.
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 SB 1374  Bradford Would, for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2021, require the Franchise Tax Board, upon request by an individual taxpayer, to grant a one­time abatement of a failure-to-file or failure-to-pay timeliness penalty if the taxpayer was not previously required to file a California personal income tax return or has not previously been granted abatement under this section, the taxpayer has filed all required returns as of the date of the request for abatement, and the taxpayer has paid, or is in a current arrangement to pay, all tax currently due.  
SB 1386 Moorlach  The Proposition 218 Omnibus Implementation Act prescribes specific procedures and parameters for local jurisdictions to comply with these requirements and, among other things, authorizes an agency providing water, wastewater, sewer, or refuse collection services to adopt a schedule of fees or charges authorizing automatic adjustments that pass through increases in wholesale charges for water, sewage treatment, or wastewater treatment or adjustments for inflation under certain circumstances. Current law defines, among other terms, the term “water” for these purposes to mean any system of public improvements intended to provide for the production, storage, supply, treatment, or distribution of water from any source. This bill would specify that “water” for purposes of the Proposition 218 Omnibus Implementation Act also includes the public fixtures, appliances, and appurtenances connected to an above-described system of public improvements intended to provide for the production, storage, supply, treatment, or distribution of water from any source.  None