Board of Equalization

State and Federal Elected Fight For COVID-19 Funds for Black Community

In a briefing with African American media on April 16, Karen Brown Wilson, executive director of California Black Media, brought together U.S. Congresswomen Karen Bass and Barbara Lee, Assemblymember Shirley Weber and Board of Equalization member Malia Cohen to outline the societal and budgetary concerns that they are advocating for on both the state and federal level.

Disaster Property Tax Relief is Available for Those Impacted by Fires

Property tax relief is available for homeowners impacted by current and recent fires, as well as by flooding, earthquakes, and other calamities. In many cases, the damaged property can be reappraised in its current condition, with some taxes refunded to the property owner. Once rebuilt, the property’s pre‑damaged value will be restored.

Governor Newsom Swears In New Board of Equalization Members 

Board of Equalization (BOE) Members Ted Gaines (1st District), Malia Cohen (2nd District), Antonio Vazquez (3rd district), and Mike Schaefer (4th District) were inaugurated on January 7, 2018, at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building in Sacramento. Governor Gavin Newsom administered the oath of office to the four statewide constitutional officers, who were elected in November 2018. Member Cohen is the first African American woman and Member Vazquez is the first Latino to be elected to the BOE since its inception.  

Oxnard Nonprofit Symposium Provides Nonprofits with Valuable Property Tax Strategies

Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Jerome E. Horton, together with City of Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn, Ventura County Assessor Dan Goodwin, and Faith and Community Empowerment (FACE) hosted the Nonprofit Empowerment and Exemption Symposium and Expo, an event designed to help nonprofit and faith-based organizations grow and prosper in their work serving local communities on Thursday, September 27, at the Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center. 

BOE Rejects Gas Tax Increase! 


The Board of Equalization was poised to raise gasoline taxes through a process directed by the legislature in 2010, referred to as a “gas tax swap.” Board of Equalization Member Jerome Horton said, “Enough is enough – Californians cannot bear another gas tax increase.” 

Taxpayers — Beware of Scammers!!

California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Chairman and Franchise Tax Board (FTB) Member Jerome E. Horton announces taxpayers should take a few simple steps to keep from being preyed upon by data thieves and cyber criminals. “I stand with the Internal Revenue Service and other state tax agencies throughout our great nation in encouraging California taxpayers to follow safeguards for protecting their information,’ said BOE Chairman Jerome E. Horton. “Criminals have access to a good deal of personal data which they can use to file fraudulent returns. I urge you to become aware of security measures you can take online

Not all State Agencies are Created Equal

When it comes to equal opportunity for women and people of color it would be easy to assume that in a state as liberal as California those people would be well represented in the highest levels of civil service employment, but not so. According to CalHR, the state’s human resources department, employment and advancement opportunities for women and minorities is not improving. From 2012 through 2014, the overall percentage of females and African Americans in the coveted Career Executive Assignment (CEA) positions, among the highest paid exempt assignments, has declined. In 2012, among the 1,248 CEA classifications only 90, or