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Letters Sent To Those Who Didn’t File Tax Returns

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SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – The State Franchise Tax Board is trying to hunt down California income earners who didn’t file tax returns last year.

Those that didn’t file state tax returns will soon be getting a letter in the mail.

“We are sending out over 900,000 contact letters to those individuals who did not file their 2009 state tax return,” said Daniel Tahara with the State Franchise Tax Board.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Unless your income is very low, you are required to file a return. Tahara said some people just forget, but there a lot of other reasons people might not file.

“The time moves on and they just start thinking about other things and they just never get around to it,” he said. “Other people may not have known that they actually had a filing requirement. There is another group of individuals that believe it is not one of their constitutional rights to file a tax return.”

The state of California has a pretty good track record in tracking down scofflaws as last year, $550,000 was collected in back taxes, interest and penalties.

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