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The California Highway Patrol

1-800-TELL-CHP (1-800-835-5247)

Tax Seizure Program

Q: What is the TSP?

A: The CHP provides tax seizure warrant service for three California State agencies: the Board of Equalization, Franchise Tax Board, and the Employment Development Department.

Q: Why does the CHP perform these services?

A: It was agreed that the CHP would continue to perform these duties that were previously conducted by the California State Police.

Q: When you serve a warrant, do you just collect money?

A: The most common items seized by the CHP are: vehicles, vessels, stocks, safe deposit box contents, aircraft, jewelry, and till taps (monies taken from the business cash register).

Q: What happens to the items the CHP seizes for these state agencies?

A: If the owner pays the taxes due the taxing agency, the property is released to the owner. If no payment is made, the property is sold at an auction by the taxing agency.

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