The State of California has suspended the State Fire Prevention Fee as of July 1, 2017 forward.  We continue to advocate for refunds to class members and a declaration that the fee was an illegal tax under Propositions 13 and 26.


Fire Tax Update – June 2017

A big thank you to all who have submitted information about their experience with the fire fee. We heard from over one thousand of you! As a result, we received hundreds of affidavits demonstrating the illegitimacy of the fee all over California. We will attach these...

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Fire Tax Update – April 2017

  We have finished reviewing and classifying the 12,000 pages of documentation we obtained from CalFire through discovery! We now need your help to file our “Motion for Summary Judgment.” The final evidence needed for our “Motion for Summary Judgment” is written...

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Fire Tax Update – November 2016

HJTA attorneys continue to make progress in the tedious and time-consuming process of filtering and cataloging thousands of pages of public records documenting how the State spends the money generated by the fire prevention fee. Although it is too early to know for...

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Fire Tax Update – September 2016

HJTA’s legal team has been overloaded with cases important to taxpayers and working hard to meet deadlines set by the superior courts, appellate courts, and the CA Supreme Court. But while our other cases have been advancing in these other courts, our Fire Tax case...

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Legal action intends to put out the state’s fire tax

By Jon Coupal By now, most rural homeowners have become accustomed to receiving an annual bill of $150—or higher—for what is euphemistically called a "fire prevention fee." However, this familiarity does not make writing out the check to the State Board of...

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