Seaside, CA asked in Tax Law, Banking and Collections for California

Q: Can California FTB levy my parents bank account if I'm added to the account?

My mother just died and my father wants to add me to his bank account incase something happens to him so I'll be able to pay the bills and have access to his money once he dies. I owe the Cal FTB 25K and they have levied my bank account earlier this year and took around 1200 from previous stimulus checks. I have been homeless and unemployed for over 10 years and have no income.

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Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
  • Collections Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes they can. And while you might be able to get it back, it’s not worth it.

Simply get a power of attorney form from the bank and have your dad add you as a POD beneficiary on the account.

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