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Sample Thanks-But-No-Thanks Note

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A sample letter for local officials to enclose with a returned gift is available in the box at right.

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Question 6: What Options Does One Have When One Receives a Gift?
Working Through California's Gift Rules Analysis

Receiving gifts within the meaning California’s gift rules may trigger certain reporting and disqualification obligations for public officials.  Gifts are also subject to certain annual value limits.

In addition, officials have a variety of additional options, including returning the gift, paying for it or donating it to charity.

This resource explains what one’s options are after receiving a gift.

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