Immediate tax relief in the form of tax refunds is available to victims of the wildfires in the seven Southern California Counties of San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, and Riverside, The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

One of the relief measures put forth by the FTB allows fire victims to receive additional tax refunds this year if they report their disaster losses through amended 2006 returns ASAP.

"The victims of the Southern California fires need to know they can turn to the State for immediate help. By claiming a disaster loss on last year’s taxes, those who lost their homes or suffered property damages can get additional funds to help them through this tragedy,"said State Controller and FTB Chair John Chiang.

For those who lost tax records, copies of state tax returns can be requested by completing Form FTB 3516, Request for Copy of Tax Return. Make sure to write “Southern California Wildfires 2007” in red at the top of the form. There is no charge for copies of tax returns for victims of disasters.

Additional information about how California handles losses resulting from disasters can be found on FTB Pub. 1034, Disaster Loss, or visit the FTB website at The FTB toll free number is (800) 852-5711.

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