Tax Seizure Program

​When the California State Police (CSP) and California Highway Patrol (CHP) merged in July 1995, the CHP agreed to continue the Tax Seizure Program and provide the same services the CSP had supplied. The CHP has traditionally provided assistance to allied law enforcement and other state agencies upon request, as directed in the Department's Mission Statement. The tax seizure warrant service is beneficial to many state agencies in their effort to recover unpaid taxes.

The CHP has trained tax seizure officers in numerous locations around the state to assist the Franchise Tax Board, Board of Equalization and Employment Development Department.

 

 

What happens to the items the CHP seizes for state agencies?What happens to the items the CHP seizes for state agencies?<p>​​If the owner pays the taxes due to 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.</p>
What is the Tax Seizure Program (TSP)?What is the Tax Seizure Program (TSP)?<p>​​TSP stands for Tax Seizure Program. The CHP provides tax seizure warrant services for three California State agencies: the Board of Equalization, Franchise Tax Board, and the Employment Development Department.</p>
When the CHP serves a warrant, is money the only asset collected?When the CHP serves a warrant, is money the only asset collected?<p>​​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).</p>
Why does the CHP perform asset seizure services?Why does the CHP perform asset seizure services?<p>​​It was agreed that the CHP would continue to perform these duties that were previously conducted by the California State Police.</p>

 

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