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Newsom Signs Bill Restoring Flow of Winegrower Tax Return Data

Sept. 29, 2022, 9:52 AM

California will publicly release confidential information from winegrower tax returns upon request under a bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Wednesday.

The Wine Institute backed bill (S.B. 518) to restore the flow of taxpayer data the State Board of Equalization released in error for more than 80 years until 2019, when tax agency staff realized the disclosures went beyond what the law allowed. The Wine Institute and the subscription-based Gomberg Fredrikson Report used the data to analyze the California wine market.

  • Information on the returns, which includes company names, addresses, account numbers, penalties, ...