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State board opening SCV office

Moving into the building on Tourney Road formerly occupied by Princess Cruises

Posted: July 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The California State Board of Equalization hopes to have its new office open in Santa Clarita by the end of the year. The agency will move into some 25,000 square feet of space in the former Princess Cruises building.

A California State Board of Equalization is opening in Santa Clarita by the end of the year said an official with the agency.

They are moving into the building on Tourney Road in Valencia, formerly occupied by Princess Cruises, said Ryan House, vice president for Jones Lang LaSalle.

It’s the building next door to Union Bank on the corner of Magic Mountain Road, House said. The Board of Equalization will be leasing some 25,000 square feet.

Due to redistricting, the Van Nuys office will be closing and some of the accounts are moving to a Glendale office and the others will be moving to the new Santa Clarita office, said George Runner, member of the Board of Equalization and former California state senator.

“The Van Nuys office is a very old, inefficient office space and you have to pay to park,” Runner said. “It’s inconvenient for employees and for people who need to visit the office.”

There will be up to 100 employees moving up to the Santa Clarita office from Van Nuys, but most already live in North Los Angeles County, he said.

“The whole goal of the Board of Equalization is to be proactive as we assist taxpayers,” Runner said.

The state board collects state sales and use taxes, among other things like issuing seller’s permits, which help fund state and local governments.

The public agency also serves as an appellate court for franchise and income tax appeals.

The various local offices are open to serve taxpayers, allowing them to have an advocate with the elected board members; and gives people a chance to sit face to face with someone to discuss any compliance or audit issues.

“We can reach out to tax payers and help them deal with their challenges or with the confusing tax situations we have here in California,” Runner said.

Runner said he anticipates moving in to the new space by the end of the year.



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