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Unfortunately, California is VERY aggressive and greedy when it comes to taxes it believes are owed.
My best advice would be to sign a Power of Attorney to an IRS Enrolled Agent/CPA in your area who can communicate/negotiate on your behalf with the CA Franchise Tax Board. Tax returns will need to be filed to show if and how much taxes are owed to CA.
As an example, I recently was successful in assisting a taxpayer who had not filed CA state tax returns for 2003 and 2005, and CA was claiming he owed over $11,000 in state taxes. He had also defaulted on two payment plans that were entered into with CA. After speaking with a CA Franchise Tax Board representative and providing the tax returns, his tax liability was reduced to $3,000, and he was put on a payment plan.
The BEST course of action is to be proactive and communicate with the CA Franchise Tax Board so the issue can be resolved.
Please let me know if you require further information or clarification.
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