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Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC

DIVISION 2. OTHER TAXES [6001 - 61045]

  ( Heading of Division 2 amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 279. )
  

PART 10.2. ADMINISTRATION OF FRANCHISE AND INCOME TAX LAWS [18401 - 19802]

  ( Part 10.2 added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 31, Sec. 26. )
  

CHAPTER 2. Returns [18501 - 18677]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 31, Sec. 26. )
  

ARTICLE 3. General Provisions Applicable to All Persons [18621 - 18628]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 31, Sec. 26. )

  
18621.9.  

(a) If an income tax return preparer prepared more than 100 timely original individual income tax returns that were filed during any calendar year that began on and after January 1, 2003, and if in the current calendar year that income tax preparer prepares one or more acceptable individual income tax returns using tax preparation software, then, for that calendar year and for each subsequent calendar year thereafter, all acceptable individual income tax returns prepared by that income tax preparer shall be filed using electronic technology, as defined in Section 18621.5.

(b) For purposes of this section:

(1) “Income tax preparer” means a person that meets both of the following:

(A) Any person that prepares, in exchange for compensation, or who employs another person to prepare, in exchange for compensation, any return for the tax imposed by Part 10 (commencing with Section 17001) (hereafter Part 10). A person that only performs those acts described in clauses (i) through (iv) of Section 7701(a)(36)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the preparation of a return for the tax imposed by Part 10, is not an income tax preparer for purposes of this section or for purposes of Section 19170.

(B) Any person that prepares returns for the tax imposed by Part 10 that is also required, by this article, to include an identification number on any return prepared by that tax preparer for the tax imposed by Part 10.

(2) “Original individual income tax return” means any return that is required, by Section 18501, to be made with respect to the tax imposed by Part 10. For purposes of subdivision (a), a “timely” original individual tax return means any original individual tax return that is filed, without regard to extensions, during the calendar year for which that tax return is required to be filed.

(3) “Acceptable individual income tax return” means any original individual tax return that is authorized by the Franchise Tax Board to be filed using electronic technology, as defined in Section 18621.5. For purposes of this section, Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code does not apply to any rule, notice, or guideline issued by the Franchise Tax Board that identifies a tax return as an acceptable individual income tax return.

(4) “Tax preparation software” means any computer software program intended for accounting, tax return preparation, or tax compliance.

(c) Subdivision (a) shall cease to apply to an income tax preparer if, during the previous calendar year, that income tax preparer prepared no more than 25 original individual income tax returns.

(d) (1) This section applies to acceptable individual income tax returns required to be filed on and after January 1, 2004.

(2) This section may not be interpreted to require electronic filing of acceptable individual income tax returns that are required to be filed before January 1, 2004.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 455, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)