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Tax Law

California False Claims Act Expansion Bill Forges Ahead

On Monday, May 11, 2020, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee approved AB 2570 (Stone), which expands the state’s False Claims Act (FCA) to cover certain tax matters. Specifically, AB 2570 applies the FCA to claims, records, or statements made under the Revenue and Taxation Code if damages pleaded in an action under the act exceed $200,000 and were made on or after January 1, 2021. The bill passed along party lines, with Democrats voting in favor and Republicans opposing, and now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. We are following this legislation closely and will provide updates on future developments.