If you are a business owner or fee payer who is directly affected by a disaster declared as a CA state of emergency, you may be eligible for relief of tax return due dates, interest and penalties administered by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA which was formerly known as the SBOE).
Step 1 of the relief process is to request an extension of time to file your return:
- If you do not have an Express Log-In, then please call the CDTFA at 1-800-400-7115 with your account number and they can help you with your extension.
- If you DO have an Express Log-In, you can request the extension online. When you login, request an extension of time to file your sales tax return. If your extension request is due to a recognized disaster then you have 3 additional months to file your sales tax return.
Step 2 is to locate your records and to file your return and pay your tax due within the 3 month extension period.
If your disaster relief extension is granted, then penalties and interest are automatically waived as long as you file and pay within the 3 month extension period.
If relief is not granted but you think it should be, then you can contact the CDTFA by telephone or login with your Express Login, just like you did above, and request relief from penalties and interest.