Request for Rental Car Vehicle Property Tax Assessments, Reassessments, Tax Rate and Refund Calculations, Refunds, and Supporting Documents

Robert Teel filed this request with the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller of Los Angeles County, CA.
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From: Robert Teel

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), I hereby request the following records:

Request for Rental Car Vehicle Property Tax Assessments, Reassessments, Refunds, and Supporting Documents

All annual assessments from the County Tax Assessor and records or supporting documents reflecting the appropriate tax rate to determine the actual amount of property taxes owed by rental car company, including without limitation the rental car companies set forth below and including without limitation any: (1) vehicle property tax assessments; (2) re-assessments; and (3) supporting documents, including without limitation: (a) personal property tax listing forms, (b) valuations, (c) payments, (d) appeals, (e) requests for reassessments, (f) results of appeals and/or reassessments, and (g) refunds.

Enterprise Car Rental
Thrifty Car Rental
Hertz Car Rental
Alamo Car Rental
Budget Car Rental
National Car Rental
Dollar Car Rental
Avis Car Rental
Payless Car Rental
Ace Car Rental

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Robert Teel

From: Barrera, Arlene M.

Mr. Teel,

This is in response to your Public Records Act Request below. We confirmed with our County Assessor’s staff that in California, rental cars are not subject to local assessment by County Assessors. Rather, the State Department of Motor Vehicles is responsible for billing and collecting annual registration fees for all vehicles. If you have future inquiries relating to the County Assessor’s responsibilities, you can direct questions to them at helpdesk@assessor.lacounty.gov<mailto:helpdesk@assessor.lacounty.gov>.
Please let me know if you need anything additional.

Regards,

Arlene Barrera
Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller
500 West Temple Street Room 525
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone (213) 974-0729
Fax (213) 617-0592
abarrera@auditor.lacounty.gov<mailto:abarrera@auditor.lacounty.gov>

From: Robert Teel

Dear Ms. Barrera,

Thank you for your prompt reply. I will confirm with the State Department of Motor Vehicles, however I do not entirely understand.

Since cars owned by rental car companies are personal property used in a business, it is my understanding that the county assessor collects those personal property taxes pursuant to the full assessment process just as would be done with any other business personal property (such a furniture, manufacturing equipment, computers, construction equipment, machinery, etc.) Am I misinformed?

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Robert Teel

From: Barrera, Arlene M.

Robert,

We were informed by the Assessor that they do not assess rental car vehicles. Since property tax assessments are under their purview, I suggest you direct any questions to them directly at the email I previously provided.
Regards,

From: Robert Teel

Thank you Arlene. ~ Robert

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