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Winegrower Tax Data Would Be Public Again Under California Bill

Aug. 18, 2022, 5:16 PM

California would publicly release confidential information from winegrower tax returns upon request under a bill lawmakers sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday.

The Wine Institute backs the bill 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 institute and the subscription-based Gomberg Fredrikson Report used the data to analyze the California wine market.

The five-member elected tax board was providing spreadsheets with company names, addresses, account numbers, penalties, interest, total tax due, ...