State tax board members on Tuesday said there remain a lot of unanswered questions about how their agency will transfer many of its duties to two new offices, a reorganization approved last week by the state Legislature in response to problems with the panel.
About 4,400 of the state Board of Equalization’s 4,800 employees will be transferred to a new California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, which will take over collection of sales and excise taxes, and an office of administrative law judges who will take over taxpayer appeals. The change was outlined by the board’s executive director, David Gau, at a meeting with the panel Tuesday.
“I don’t think anything is easy,” Board Chairwoman Diane Harkey said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I think it’s going to be expensive. There is a lot of confusion.”