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California Wine Industry Seeks Restoration of Tax Data Access

Dec. 15, 2021, 9:45 AM

California’s wine industry is turning to the state Legislature to get access to confidential data from winegrower tax returns that it was receiving for decades from the State Board of Equalization—in error—until 2019.

A Wine Institute representative told the five-member elected board Tuesday that it will seek a legislative fix after board members decided they can’t satisfy the industry’s requests to begin releasing the data again. The best they can do is to release redacted data without taxpayer-specific information, the members concluded.

The institute, which represents about 1,000 California wineries, turned to the board members in recent ...