Charles Moll, III

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Charles (Chuck) Moll focuses his practice on state and local tax (SALT), primarily concentrating on the resolution of tax controversies. He regularly appears before the various California tax authorities—including the State Board of Equalization, the California Franchise Tax Board, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, and the Office of Tax Appeals—as well as local authorities such as assessors and assessment appeals boards. He has litigated at all levels of California’s courts, the US Tax Court, and the US Supreme Court. Read Charles Moll's full bio.

OTA Finds CDTFA’s Audit Methodology Arbitrary

By , , and on Jul 24, 2023
Posted In Audits, California, Sales Tax

In Appeal of Colambaarchchi (OTA Case No. 21017152; 2023-OTA-302), a California-based retailer was audited by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) for years 2016 through 2019. Upon audit, CDTFA determined that taxable sales went unreported. In calculating the extent of the underreporting, CDTFA used various indirect methods for different periods in the...

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Buehler Doesn’t Get a Day Off from Double Taxation

By and on May 12, 2023
Posted In California, Constitutional Issues, Income Tax, Massachusetts, State Tax, Unitary Business

The California Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) recently held that a California resident’s income tax paid to Massachusetts from the sale of his membership interest in a limited liability company (LLC) doing business in Massachusetts was not eligible for California’s other state tax credit. The OTA reached this conclusion while acknowledging that it “will result...

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California Supreme Court Lets It Stand That CDTFA Can Decide Who Is and Is Not a Retailer

By , and on Apr 28, 2023
Posted In California, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance, Sales Tax

On April 26, 2023, the Supreme Court of California declined to review the Second District Court of Appeal’s decision in Grosz v. California Dep’t of Tax & Fee Admin. In the underlying case, Stanley Grosz, a business owner based in Fresno, California, filed suit seeking a declaration that the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA)...

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Is California Picking the Pockets of Other States?

By , , and on Oct 21, 2022
Posted In California, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance, Sales Tax, Transaction Taxes

In Matter of Body Wise International LLC (OTA Case No. 19125567; 2022 – OTA – 340P), a California-based retailer collected amounts designated as “tax” related to jurisdictions where it was not registered to collect tax. The California Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) held that the retailer must remit those amounts to California, even though the...

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More than Tax Compliance: California Legislation Requires Marketplace Facilitators to Track “High-Volume” Seller Information

By , and on Oct 7, 2022
Posted In California, Local Tax, Sales Tax, Transaction Taxes

The responsibilities of marketplace facilitators operating in California are expanding under legislation recently signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. Starting on July 1, 2023, an “online marketplace” will be required to collect and maintain specified contact and financial information related to its “high-volume third-party sellers.” The legislation is intended to “provide greater tools for law enforcement...

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CDTFA Proposes Significant Revisions to Chapters 4 and 13 of the Sales Tax Audit Manual

By , , and on Feb 10, 2022
Posted In Audits, California, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance, Sales Tax

On February 2, 2022, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) held an interested parties meeting (IPM) to discuss proposed amendments to sales tax audit manual (AM) Chapter 13, “Statistical Sampling,” and Chapter 4, “General Audit.” Prior to the IPM, the CDTFA released a lengthy discussion paper outlining the extensive proposed changes to...

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Governor Newsom Announces New Relief for Remitting California Sales Tax

By , , and on Dec 1, 2020
Posted In California, Interest and Penalties, Nationwide Importance, Sales Tax

On Monday, November 30, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California will provide temporary tax relief for eligible businesses impacted by restrictions imposed to control the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement indicates that the Governor will direct the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) to: Provide an automatic three-month extension for taxpayers filing less...

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Alert: California False Claims Expansion Bill Advances to the Senate

By , , and on Jun 16, 2020
Posted In California, False Claims Act, Illinois, Interest and Penalties, Nationwide Importance, New York, Procedure

Like the days of the Old West, last week a masked gang held up local businesses demanding their wallets. Unlike the days of the Old West, this was not the hole-in-the-wall gang, but the California State Assembly who, on June 10, 2020, approved AB 2570, a bill that authorizes tax-based false claims actions. If passed, AB...

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False Claims Never Die in California

By , , , and on Jun 4, 2020
Posted In California, False Claims Act, Illinois

Recently, AB 2570 has cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which authorizes tax-based false claims actions—allowing private, profit-motivated parties to bring punitive civil enforcement lawsuits. The bill is now on the Assembly floor for consideration and faces a June 19 house-of-origin deadline for passage. The bill is similar to a bill that failed to pass last...

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Taxes, Like Temperatures, Going Up: California COVID-19 Budget “Revenue Solutions”

By and on May 15, 2020
Posted In California, Franchise Tax, Income Tax, Local Tax, Sales Tax

Yesterday Governor Gavin Newsom turned to a familiar gambit from California’s playbook to help tackle the budgetary hole wrought by COVID-19. In January, the Governor proposed his budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which projected a $5.6 billion surplus. Indeed, revenues through March are reported as having run $1.35 billion above projections. But, as the...

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