Thousands of retailers throughout California may soon be getting surprise visits from state officials asking to see up-to-date business permits.
The California State Board of Equalization is sending agents out to verify that businesses are properly registered.
Anita Gore with the B-O-E says more than 3-and-a-half-percent of businesses operating in California don’t have the appropriate permits or licenses.
“This means that taxes aren’t appropriately being collected and remitted to the state, Said Gore. “This gives businesses an unfair advantage if they’re not charging the appropriate amount for items and are in competition with somebody next door who is abiding by the law.”
Retail businesses aren’t the only ones targeted. So are service industry businesses, like hair salons, accountants and doctors. Businesses without the right paperwork will be told how to register with the state Board of Equalization.