In 2004, while in the military, I took an engineering license exam as part of a curriculum while attending the Naval Post Graduate School. I was stationed in California, but never worked as a licensed engineer in California, or any other state. For 2 years, I received notices that I owed Cal. income tax but was able to resolve by sending tax documentation that showed none of my income was earned a resident of California. Yesterday, I received a letter from my bank that stated the FTB has levied my account for $3300! I have two weeks to resolve this or the money will be taken from my account. I was able to contact a case manager and a resolution is in progress, but how do I prevent this from happening. I am frequently away from home for weeks on end and don't want this issue coming up again
This is a very common situation. The FTB often tries to claim that anyone who has a CA license or owns CA property owes tax in CA. When the license holder (or property owner) does not file a CA tax return, the FTB prepares a proposed assessment estimating income and a tax liability based on how much a CA resident with a similar license or property ownership might earn (i.e. a similarly situated engineer). If this proposed assessment is not challenged, it becomes final and a liability arises.
If from now on you file CA non-resident tax returns showing that no income was earned in CA, the FTB will no longer issue proposed assessments against you.
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