2018 California Code
Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC
CHAPTER 6 - Collection of Tax
ARTICLE 7 - Payment on Termination of Business and Successor’s Liability
Section 6812.


(a) If the purchaser of a business or stock of goods fails to withhold from the purchase price as required, he or she becomes personally liable for the payment of the amount required to be withheld by him or her to the extent of the purchase price, valued in money.

(b) (1) Within 60 days after the latest of the dates specified in paragraph (2), the board shall either issue the certificate or mail notice, to the purchaser at his or her address as it appears on the records of the board, of the amount that must be paid as a condition of issuing the certificate.

(2) For purposes of paragraph (1), the latest of the following dates shall apply:

(A) The date the board receives a written request from the purchaser for a certificate.

(B) The date of the sale of the business or stock of goods.

(C) The date the former owner’s records are made available for audit.

(c) Failure of the board to mail the notice referred to in subdivision (b) will release the purchaser from any further obligation to withhold from the purchase price as above provided. The last date upon which the obligation of the successor may be enforced shall be not later than three years after the date the board is notified of the purchase of the business or stock of goods.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 236, Sec. 7. Effective July 29, 1991.)

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