Californicate is so desperate for cash that the state is relentlessly hammering on dead horses with dead trees.
It's actually pretty annoying that the state drones are wasting paper, postage, and man hours to demand three years of Exempt Organization Annual Information Returns* from organizations that were dissolved years to decades ago.
The state knows that the dunned organizations have been dissolved because that information is readily available from the Secretary of State. But looking it up would require effort. The state also knows that because of the relative small size of these organizations, that even if the organization still exists it isn't likely to have a filing requirement.
But it might, and that would mean penalties and interest. Consequently, blizzards of useless paperwork emanate from Sacramento only to end up in my fax machine, followed closely by tense voices at the other end of my telephone. You see, ordinary Californians get a bit of a wrench in the gut any time they see the return address on an envelope from the Franchise Tax Board.
*An Exempt Organization is the entity that is set up to handle your 401(k) or other retirement program. Generally, there must be more than $30,000.00 in earnings (dividends, cap gains, interest) per year in order to trigger a filing requirement. The rule is in place so that the guy with the 1400 square foot machine shop and a two person retirement plan doesn't have to deal with the annual paperwork burden that is required of larger companies with scores of employees.
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