Can someone else file my Business Property Statement for me?

When signing, please remember that it is important to complete all the areas of the Declaration by Assessee in order to validate a signature. The declaration must be signed by either the assessee/owner, a duly appointed fiduciary, or a person authorized to sign on behalf of the assessee such as: a member of the bar, a certified public accountant, a public accountant, an enrolled agent, a partner, corporate officer, LLC manager or managing member, or other person as defined by the State of California Board of Equalization.

  • In the case of a corporation: the declaration can be signed by an authorized employee or agent who has been designated to sign on behalf of the corporation, by the Board of Directors, by name or by title, only if a valid Agency Authorization has been filed with the Assessor.
  • In the case of a partnership, the declaration can be signed by an authorized employee or agent who has been designated to sign on behalf of the partnership, by name or by title, only if a valid Agency Authorization has been filed with the Assessor.
  • In the case of a Limited Liability Company (LLC), the declaration can be signed by an authorized employee or agent who has been designated to sign on behalf of the LLC manager or by the members, by name or by title, only if a valid Agency Authorization (PDF) has been filed with the Assessor.

Agency Authorization

When a declaration is signed by an employee or agent, other than a member of the bar, a certified public accountant, a public accountant, an enrolled agent or a duly appointed fiduciary, the assessee’s written Agency Authorization form (PDF) to authorize the employee or agent to sign the declaration on behalf of the Assessee must be filed with the Assessor. The Assessor may at any time require a person who signs a property statement and who is required to have written authorization to provide proof of authorization.

Business Property Statement

A Business Property Statement (PDF) that is not signed and executed in accordance with the foregoing instructions is not considered a valid filing. The penalty imposed by section 463 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code for failure to file is applicable to non-valid or unsigned Business Property Statements.

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1. Why do I have to pay taxes on my business personal property?
2. I paid sales tax when I purchased this equipment. Why am I paying taxes again?
3. What is unsecured property?
4. Why do I have to file a Business Property Statement?
5. What is this BOE 571 Business Property Statement form used for?
6. What will happen if I do not file the Business Property Statement form?
7. What if the due date to file a Business Property Statement falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday?
8. How do I fill out the form?
9. Can I file my form electronically?
10. I tried to E-File but I can’t find the link mentioned in my letter?
11. I found the E-Filing link, but it is asking for a Business Identification Number (BIN)? What is this and how do I obtain one?
12. Can I return my completed Business Property Statement by fax or as an email attachment?
13. I have a home-based business and all my equipment is my own personal equipment. Do I have to report it?
14. My business property is moveable and goes in and out of the County depending on the job. Which county should I report it to?
15. What if I lease all my equipment? Do I still have to report it?
16. I closed my business and the business assets are not being used. Why do I have to file a property statement or pay taxes?
17. What do I include in supplies?
18. Can someone else file my Business Property Statement for me?
19. How is the assessed value determined?
20. What if I do not agree with the values? Can my value be reviewed?
21. What if I do not agree with the Assessor’s value after an Informal Review?
22. What should I do if I've closed, sold, or disposed of my business assets after January 1?
23. What should I do if I've closed, sold, or disposed of my business assets before January 1?
24. Can my unsecured business property taxes be prorated?
25. I filed bankruptcy, why do I have to pay the tax?
26. Why do I have a 10% penalty note on my tax bill for my business?
27. I don't own the building, I just rent the space. Why do I have a tax bill?
28. Where can I find additional information on Business Personal Property?