SRA Fee (Fire Tax) Update

June 13, 2015

As fire tax season approaches again for this year, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) reports the following about SRA fees, aka the Fire Tax. The state has once again been able to delay the progress of the HJTA class action lawsuit challenging the legality of the SRA fee.  They report their “Motion to Certify […]

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Succession Planning Part 4: Succession, California Style, or How Prop 13 Affects Everything

October 23, 2014

When people work on their succession planning, estate taxes loom large in their minds.  We all worry that paying the estate tax will break the business and try to plan accordingly.  This may be the least of our problems, at least in California.  An estate tax is a one-time deal; but a change in property […]

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Newsletters Archive

October 6, 2014

This is a transitional action to provide access our archived newsletters. Fall 2014 AB 1504 (Skinner, 2010) – What it Does AB 1504 Public/Stakeholder Comment Period Deadline: September 26, 2014 CCFA’s Response the AB 1504 Implementation EPA Water Map – Docket ID # EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880 – Stop the EPA’s Water of the United States redefinition CCFA Letter to […]

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Prospects in Federal Tax Legislation

June 16, 2014

CCFA has more than enough work to do keeping up with California state legislation, but that does not mean that the federal arena can be neglected. There has been a lot of rumbling recently about reforming taxes.  Several of the forestry associations (Forest Landowners Association, American Forest Foundation) who do track federal legislation have been […]

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Bills for SRA Fees are arriving in Santa Cruz County

June 8, 2014

Santa Cruz County residents should have received their SRA fee bill by now. You will notice the amount has gone up slightly.  The SRA fee legislation (AB X1 29)requires for an adjustment for inflation, so this year’s bill is up by $2.33. The Howard Jarvis Tax Payers Association lawsuit continues; in the meantime, they have an […]

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Fire Tax Payments Due – Remember to pay and to file your protest

October 22, 2013

It’s Santa Cruz’s turn for the latest round of SRA fee collections.  You will soon receive your bill if you have not already. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) has an active lawsuit challenging the legality of this fee, in which they allege the fee is actually a tax that was imposed without a 2/3 […]

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Litigation Update 9/6/13 – Fire Taxes and Dusky Gopher Frogs

September 8, 2013

Fire Tax/SRA Fees The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association announced the next date in court for their challenge to the SRA fees/Fire tax will be: Date:  Thursday, November 21, 2013 Time:  9:00 a.m. Place:  Dept. 14, Sacramento Superior Court, 720 Ninth St., Sacramento The hearing is open to the public.  HJTA asks that if you come, […]

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SRA fee collection suspended

March 25, 2013

The Associated California Loggers reports that the Board of Equalization is suspending collection of the SRA Fire Prevention Fee (Fire Tax) due to the heavy workload of processing the very high level of appeals filed for the fee.  The duration of this suspension currently undetermined. CalFIRE reports that they have received 87,000 appeals so far […]

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Legislative Update, 3/18/2013 – CCFA supports legislation to repeal or amend the SRA fee

March 20, 2013

CCFA has sent letters of support for the following bills, all of which relate to the SRA fee or fire tax: AB 23, AB 124, SB 17 and SB 125.  AB 23, AB 124 and SB 17 all call for the repeal of the fee.  SB 125 exempts people who reside in a fire district […]

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SRA Fees – Preparation for the Second Round of Billing has Commenced

March 12, 2013

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has advised us that CalFIRE is preparing the second round of billing for the State Responsibility Area Fee (the Fire Tax).  Even though the “fee” is being challenged by a lawsuit, CalFIRE will continue to bill every year until the class action lawsuit is resolved.  We can expect the lawsuit […]

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