Volume 2 | August 2019
Summer Heat Can Mean Wildfires
Summertime is a great time to enjoy visiting the many counties of District 2. It’s also a time of heightened wildfire awareness, so this newsletter provides some tips on how to prepare for a disaster and to learn about property tax relief if a disaster strikes.
I am honored to serve nearly ten million Californians in District 2 of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), and millions of Californians as a member of the Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

Every day, I work hard to represent you on California’s tax boards to make sure taxpayers like you have a voice in state government . I am always happy to hear from constituents in my district! If you have questions or need assistance, please contact me or members of my team at 1-415-557-3000 or email me a t MaliaCohen@boe.ca.gov . We look forward to hearing from you.
Around the District
Property Tax Disaster Relief
If your property has been damaged by the recent wildfires or another disaster, you may be eligible for property tax relief. In many cases, the damaged property can be reappraised in its current condition, with some taxes refunded to the property owner. Once rebuilt, the property will be reassessed to its pre-damaged value. To qualify for property tax relief, you must file a claim with your county assessor's office within the time specified in your county ordinance, or 12 months from the date of damage or destruction, whichever is later. The loss estimate must be at least $10,000 of the current market value to qualify. Owners of eligible property may also apply for deferral of the next property tax installment on the regular secured roll or tax payments on the supplemental roll, without penalties or interest. For more information on property tax disaster relief, visit my helpful resources webpage .  
The Board, at the June 2019 meeting (pictured above), commended  Butte County  Assessor Diane Brown for how she quickly helped taxpayers with property devastated during the 2018 Camp Fire. Santa Barbara County put a personal touch on their interactive GIS maps - with a one stop-shop that helped property owners get crucial information they needed to get back on their feet during the rebuilding process. This program was honored with the  California State Association of Counties 2018 California Counties Innovation Award. 
Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?
Whether it’s a fire, flood, earthquake, or another type of disaster, planning is key to recovery and survival. Take advantage of electronic record-keeping by receiving documents electronically or scanning important records. You can also photograph or record a video of the contents of your business equipment, which will help you recall and prove the market value of items for insurance or casualty loss claims. Make sure electronic files are backed up and stored in a safe place. It's also important to make sure you have a business resumption plan to help your company survive and recover. Get more tips at www.ready.gov/business .
Scam Alerts!

Scam Alerts! San Mateo County is warning about a mailing received by residents in Santa Clara from a non-existent tax lien office, threatening legal action over delinquent property taxes. If you aren't sure about communications you've received, check with your  California County Tax Collector's Office .

Santa Clara County  posted a notice about a sweepstakes email claiming to be from the U.S. Department of Treasury. It's important for you to never give out any personal or financial information during an unsolicited phone call, since you don't know who's really on the line. The phone number showing on your Caller ID can be manipulated. Find out more information at  bit.ly/2LZbWSt .
A Look Ahead
The BOE's Annual Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Hearing will be Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10 am in the Board hearing room in Sacramento at 450 N Street. Come present your ideas and concerns about property taxes at this public hearing.

For more information on the hearing, visit  www.boe.ca.gov .
The County Assessment appeals filing period begins July 2, 2019. Appeals may be filed from July 2nd to September 16th, or July 2nd to December 2nd, depending upon the county in which you are located. Check the filing deadline for the county in which your property is located or contact your clerk of the board if you have questions.
District 2 Spotlight
Napa County
The District 2 spotlight features Napa County, one of California's most famous wine regions. According to the Napa County Historical Society, in 1849, Napa was formed as one of the original 27 counties of California. To learn more about Napa, visit www.countyofnapa.org .
Napa County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk John Tuteur has a Political Science degree from Yale and a Masters in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Before serving as the Assessor, he was on the Napa County Board of Supervisors. He has been Napa's Assessor since 1987. To learn more, visit www.countyofnapa.org/149/Assessor .
Cohen's Corner
I met some amazing  G irl Scouts from  Girl Scouts Heart of Central California's 2019 Day at the Capitol. It's important for girls to see role models who are out there making a difference.
The Board applauded  San Diego  County Assessor-Recorder  Ernest Dronenburg  at the June 2019 meeting for increasing awareness about the disabled veterans exemption.
During the 2019 tax filing season, the State of California Franchise Tax Board had 442,000 visitors come to their website, received 352,000 calls, and processed $348 million in  California Earned Income Tax Credits (CalEITC ) claims!
I was glad to meet Riverside County  Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Peter Aldana to talk about iss ues affecting his county.
What a great visit to  California 's Heartland! I was able to hear from Fresno Mayor Lee Brand about issues affecting his city. Thanks for the invite Fresno Assessor-Recorder Paul Dictos, CPA .
At the Be Invincible San Francisco Women's Summit, I participated in a panel with other capable and amazing women ( Masharika Maddison, Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, Michelle Jeung, and Debbie Mesloh) and supported stronger connections with women leaders.
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