The Franchise Tax Board is California's taxing authority.
But if we're tax exempt, why do we have to deal with them?
California is unique among all states, in that it:
Here's a link to the exempt organization list, which contains almost 200,000 entries and is updated monthly.
Don't forget to file your annual Form 199 if your gross receipts average more than $50K. Click here to find the averaging formula.
Filing rules for small organizations
Click here to file Form 199-N (e-postcard), which must be filed every year by most small organizations. (The e-postcard came into being for tax years starting in January 2010 and did not exist prior to that.)
Check this portion of the Website for the filing rules, which are similar to the IRS's annual electronic postcard for small organizations.
To resolve delinquency
In my experience, the F.T.B. is the most "phone-reachable" state agency to help resolve your non-compliant status. Here's how to reach them:
* call the Exempt Unit: 916-845-4171.
If your delinquency goes back several years, the F.T.B. may tell you that you owe thousands of dollars in taxes, penalties and interest, but I don't recommend that you automatically pay them.
Why? Because as an exempt entity you're not required to pay corporate taxes. I've found that retroactive restoration of status takes place quickly as long as you file all the required forms.
Exception to the above: there's a late-filing penalty for Form 199 of up to $40 per year. I always pay that and other smaller fees.
WARNING: The F.T.B. is now retroactively REVOKING exemption if an organization reports no revenue for several years on its Form 199-N or indicates to the F.T.B., in response to an inquiry, that it has been inactive. Click here to see the F.T.B.'s definition of "active" vs. "inactive."
USEFUL FREE SERVICE: Entity Status Letter
By going to this portion of the F.T.B. site, if you're in good standing with the F.T.B., you'll be able to immediately generate an Entity Status Letter, which looks cool and official, besides being written proof that you're in good standing with that agency.