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SPOTLIGHT EXPRESS 

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JOHN CHIANG
CHAIR
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

John Chiang serves approximately 8.4 million residents in Los Angeles County. Elected to his first term in 1998, Mr. Chiang is the highest ranking Asian Pacific American state elected official in California. Prior to being elected to a full term, Mr. Chiang served as Acting Member in 1997-1998 upon the election to Congress of his predecessor on the Board of Equalization, Brad Sherman.

During his tenure, Mr. Chiang has promoted public-private partnerships through community outreach and taxpayer education. He organized the first joint agency seminar including the Board of Equalization, Franchise Tax Board and Internal Revenue Service for non-profit organizations. He also organized business and labor forums on fighting tax evasion in the "underground economy." His office also holds numerous taxpayer education seminars for small businesses throughout his district.

Our California laws now contain Mr. Chiang's legislative proposal to assure that the Board of Equalization conformed to the taxpayer-friendly provisions of the Internal Revenue Service Reform Act, which was enacted by Congress in 1998. These conformity provisions included: the creation of an annual written installment payment information statement and suspension of the statute of limitations for persons who are "financially disabled" as specified. Another Chiang-sponsored law authorizes the electronic filing of Sales and Use Tax returns. This law is a major step forward towards providing on-line Internet filing for the over one million taxpayers registered with the BOE.

Throughout the years, John Chiang has been active in state and local community service. He presently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Ethnic Coalition, a member of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, and as a member of the Council of Regents of the American Lung Association of Los Angeles.

Mr. Chiang is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a member of the Journal of Law and Technology. He is an honors graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in finance.

Mr. Chiang's recent awards for community service include: City of Los Angeles 2002 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month "Trailblazer Award" in politics and government; State Bar of California Board of Governors Pro Bono Service Award; Minorities In Business Multi-Cultural Prism Award for Political Achievement; Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Community Service Award; and, Chinese American Construction Professionals Public Service Award.

 

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