How to File a CA Form 496

Applies To: California

The CA Form 496 compliance report is used mainly in two different situations.

1) Independent Expenditures that are $1,000 or more in aggregate to support (or oppose) a single candidate (or committee) 90 days before an election.
2) Contributions received that are $100 or more per transaction since the last filed statement (Form 460, for example).

Setting up Your Form 496 Report in ISPolitical

When generating a Form 496 in ISPolitical, navigate to REPORTS > COMPLIANCE and set up the following required fields:

Filer:  Make sure the correct person/entity is selected (if you have more than one).
Compliance Report: Select the CA Form 496 from the listed report types.
Current Election: The report will use the Current Election field to determine the 90-day report period for the Independent Expenditures.
From/To Dates: This sets the starting date and ending date for the Contributions. Make sure to enter the “From Date” as the day after the closing date of the last filed report.

For Example: Your last filed report is the April Quarterly. That reports close date was 3/31. That means the date you would enter in the “From Date” field would be 4/1.

How to Generate Form 496’s for Multiple Candidates/Committees

The Form 496 is unique in that a new report is needed for each candidate or committee with an Independent Expenditures over $1,000 in aggregate in the period or contributions over $100 since the last filed report.

It’s quite common for a committee to have an expense for one business that supports 4 different candidates.

In this type of situation, follow these steps to generate multiple Form 496 reports:

1. Run the report. ISPolitical will automatically select your first candidate/committee and generate a Form 496 report.
2. Review the data.
3. Make sure you file the report and then click on “Mark As Filed” once you receive confirmation.
4. Click on regenerate. The candidate/committee automatically selected in step 1 will be skipped, and the next one automatically selected.
4. Repeat until all candidates/committees have a corresponding Form 496 report.