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Can I be held personally responsible for my business tax debt?

Can I be held personally responsible for my business tax debt?

Yes, you may be held personally responsible for your business' tax debt. For instance, sometimes business officers receive excessive funds or other assets from a business, preventing it from paying its tax debts. When this situation occurs, the officers may become personally liable for the tax debt.

It is important that you pay your business' tax debts. If you are unsure if your business has a tax debt, call Franchise Tax Board for assistance: 
  • Business entities inside the U.S. 888.635.0494
  • Corporations outside the U.S. 916.845.7033 
  • Partnerships and limited liability corporations outside the U.S. 916.845.7166

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