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Coping With Taxes as April 15 Nears

April 09, 1988

I have just finished computing my California income taxes for 1987, and I am aghast at the results. Under the pretext of "conforming" California's income tax code to the Tax Reform Act of 1986, Gov. George Deukmejian and the California Legislature raised my income taxes by 65%!

To obtain this increase, I calculated California income taxes on my 1987 income and deductions using the 1987 tax rates and rules and then a second time using the 1986 tax rates and rules. The result is an increase of $2,000 or 65%!

Any increase in California income taxes is absurd since the state is already collecting taxes at a level that is illegal and last year had to rebate taxes. The voters should remember what Deukmejian and the Legislature did to us when they go to the polls in November. I shall certainly not forget!

DAVID K. LAYSER

La Mesa

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