Then and Now: You have some explaining to do… - Spidell

Then and Now: You have some explaining to do…


For this month’s look-back over the past 40 years, we dug out the 1979 FTB Form 540 and noticed a cryptic note at the very bottom of page 2 under the preparer’s signature line: “If adjusted gross income on Federal return is different from line 31, attach explanation.”

According to Lynn Freer, some taxpayers ([cough] her father) provided the following explanation: “Beats the heck out of me” and never heard anything back from the FTB.

You can see the entire 1979 Form 540 at www.caltax.com/spidellweb/public/editorial/cat/1119-1979ca540.pdf.