California Franchise Tax Board
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The board is composed of the California State Controller, the director of the California Department of Finance, and the chair of the California Board of Equalization. The chief administrative official is the executive officer of the Franchise Tax Board.
In 1929, the state legislature created the office of the Franchise Tax Commissioner to administer California’s Bank and Corporation Franchise Tax Act.
In 1950, California abolished the office of the Franchise Tax Commissioner and created the Franchise Tax Board as it exists today.
The Executive Officer of the Franchise Tax Board is Selvi Stanislaus, the first woman to hold the post. She assumed this position in 2006. The prior FTB Executive Officers were:
John J. Campbell (1950 - 1963)
Martin Huff (1963 - 1979) (During the first eight months of 1980, the department was under the direction of William Mackey, who was named Acting Executive Officer.)
Gerald H. Goldberg (1980 - 2005) (During the last five months of 2005, the department was under the direction Will Bush (William C. Bush), who was appointed Interim Executive Officer by the Board.)
Selvi Stanislaus (2006–present)
The three members are the State Controller, Chair of the Board of Equalization, and the Director of the Department of Finance.
|1950||Thomas H. Kuchel (R), George H. Reilly, James S. Dean|
|1951||Thomas H. Kuchel, J. H. Quinn, James S. Dean|
|1952||Thomas H. Kuchel, J. L. Seawell, James S. Dean|
|1953||Thomas H. Kuchel[note 1]/Robert C. Kirkwood (R), Wm. G. Bonelli, James S. Dean|
|1954||Robert C. Kirkwood, George R. Reilly, John M. Peirce|
|1955||Robert C. Kirkwood, J. H. Quinn, John M. Peirce|
|1956||Robert C. Kirkwood, Paul R. Leake, John M. Peirce|
|1957||Robert C. Kirkwood, Robert E. McDavid, John M. Peirce|
|1958||Robert C. Kirkwood, George R. Reilly, John M. Peirce/T.H. Mugford[note 2]|
|1959||Alan K. Cranston (D), Paul R. Leake, Bert W. Levitt|
|1960||Alan K. Cranston, John W. Lynch, John E. Carr|
|1961||Alan K. Cranston, John W. Lynch, Hale Champion|
|1962||Alan K. Cranston, George R. Reilly, Hale Champion|
|1963||Alan K. Cranston, John W. Lynch, Hale Champion|
|1964||Alan K. Cranston, Paul R. Leake, Hale Champion|
|1965||Alan K. Cranston, John W. Lynch, Hale Champion|
|1966||Alan K. Cranston, George R. Reilly, Hale Champion|
|1967||Houston I. Flournoy (R), Paul R. Leake, Gordon P. Smith|
|1968||Houston I. Flournoy, Richard Nevins, Caspar W. Weinberger|
|1969||Houston I. Flournoy, John W. Lynch, Caspar W. Weinberger|
|1970||Houston I. Flournoy, George R. Reilly, Verne Orr|
|1971||Houston I. Flournoy, Richard Nevins, Verne Orr|
|1972||Houston I. Flournoy, John W. Lynch, Verne Orr|
|1973||Houston I. Flournoy, William M. Bennett, Verne Orr|
|1974||Houston I. Flournoy, William M. Bennett, Verne Orr|
|1975||Ken Cory (D), John W. Lynch, Roy M. Bell|
|1976||Ken Cory, William M. Bennett, Roy M. Bell|
|1977||Ken Cory, William M. Bennett, Roy M. Bell|
|1978||Ken Cory, George R. Reilly, Roy M. Bell|
|1979||Ken Cory, William M. Bennett, Richard T. Silberman|
|1980||Ken Cory, Richard Nevins, Mary Ann Graves|
|1981||Ken Cory, Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Mary Ann Graves|
|1982||Ken Cory, William M. Bennett, Michael Franchetti|
|1983||Ken Cory, William M. Bennett, Michael Franchetti|
|1984||Ken Cory, Richard Nevins, Jesse Huff|
|1985||Ken Cory, Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Jesse Huff|
|1986||Ken Cory, Richard Nevins, Jesse Huff|
|1987||Gray Davis (D), Conway H. Collis, Jesse Huff|
|1988||Gray Davis, Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Jesse Huff|
|1989||Gray Davis, Paul Carpenter, Jesse Huff|
|1990||Gray Davis, Conway Collis, Jesse Huff|
|1991||Gray Davis, Brad Sherman, Thomas Hayes|
|1992||Gray Davis, Brad Sherman, Thomas Hayes|
|1993||Gray Davis, Brad Sherman, Thomas Hayes|
|1994||Gray Davis, Brad Sherman, Russell Gould|
|1995||Kathleen Connell (D), Brad Sherman, Russ Gould|
|1996||Kathleen Connell, Johan Klehs, Craig L. Brown|
|1997||Kathleen Connell, Ernie Dronenburg, Craig L. Brown|
|1998||Kathleen Connell, Dean Andal, Craig L. Brown|
|1999||Kathleen Connell, Johann Klehs, B. Timothy Gage|
|2000||Kathleen Connell, Dean Andal, B. Timothy Gage|
|2001||Kathleen Connell, Claude Parrish, B. Timothy Gage|
|2002||Kathleen Connell, John Chiang, B. Timothy Gage|
|2003||Steve Westly (D), Carol Migden, Steve Peace/Donna Arduin[note 3]|
|2004||Steve Westly, Carol Migden, Donna Arudin/Tom Campbell[note 4]|
|2005||Steve Westly, John Chiang, Tom Campbell/Michael C. Genest[note 5]|
|2006||Steve Westly, John Chiang, Michael C. Genest|
|2007||John Chiang (D), Betty T. Yee, Michael C. Genest|
|2008||John Chiang, Judy Chu, Michael C. Genest|
|2009||John Chiang, Betty T. Yee, Michael C. Genest/Ana J. Matosantos[note 6]|
|2010||John Chiang, Betty T. Yee, Ana J. Matosantos/Cynthia Bryant[note 7]|
|2011||John Chiang, Jerome E. Horton, Ana J. Matosantos|
|2012||John Chiang, Jerome E. Horton, Ana J. Matosantos|
|2013||John Chiang, Jerome E. Horton, Ana J. Matosantos/Michael Cohen[note 8]|
|2014||John Chiang, Jerome E. Horton, Michael Cohen|
|2015||Betty T. Yee, Jerome E. Horton, Michael Cohen|
- Thomas H. Kuchel (R) was Controller but resigned office to accept the position of US Senator in January 1953 and was replaced by the appointment of Robert Kirkwood.
- John M. Peirce resigned July 1958. Mugford was appointed July 1958.
- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Arduin as director of finance after the recall election of 2004 and replaced Steve Peace, Gov. Gray Davis' finance director.
- Donna Arduin resigned to accept an appointment to the board of directors of a private firm and was replaced by the appointment of Tom Campbell.
- Tom Campbell resigned to return to his post as dean of the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and was replaced by the appointment of Michael C. Genest.
- Michael C. Genest resigned in November 2009 and was replaced by the appointment of Ana J. Matosantos.
- Ana J. Matosantos resigned in December 2010 to accept Gov-elect Jerry Brown's appointment as Director Of Finance under his new administration. Cythina Bryant served as interim DOF Director from December 7, 2010, to January 3, 2011, when Ana J. Matosantos' appointment by Governor Brown was effective.
- Ana J. Matosantos resigned in July 2013. She was replaced by the appointment of Michael Cohen effective Sept 15, 2013.
Personal income tax
The FTB collects personal state income taxes. The FTB collects income taxes from California residents on their income from all sources. Meanwhile, non-residents are taxed on their California-based income. In recent years, the FTB collects more than $50 billion each year in personal income taxes.
Corporate income tax
The FTB levies a franchise tax on businesses for doing business in California. The FTB's name reflects the fact that it was originally created to collect this tax. The agency's name was left unchanged even after the state created a personal income tax and added it to the FTB's responsibilities.
The corporate tax is imposed on businesses that do business in California and derive income from within California. Over the past decade, the FTB has collected an average of $9.5 billion per year in corporate income taxes.
The FTB also collects delinquent vehicle registration debt collections on behalf of the California Department of Motor Vehicles and delinquent court ordered debt. The FTB also does financial audits of certain candidates for state office, ballot proposition committees, and lobbyists, according to a random selection process by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.