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June 18, 1991 | HAL FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday preserved a significant tax break for the burgeoning mail-order industry by letting stand a ruling that prevents states from taxing most out-of-state catalogue operations. The ruling comes at a time when deficit-plagued California is trying to collect an estimated $100 million in tax revenue from mail-order sales. The sales have grown steadily the last decade, exceeding $80 billion nationwide in 1990, according to Maxwell Sroge Co.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Laura J. Nelson
A plan for increasing the sales tax to fix Los Angeles' broken streets is on a collision course with a similar levy being pushed for regional transit projects. Two weeks ago, the top budget advisor to the Los Angeles City Council said a tax increase is the only way thousands of miles of severely damaged roads and sidewalks will get repaired. A half-cent increase in the sales tax, which would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years, should appear on the November ballot, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1995
How many readers remember that sales tax rates were increased in the past to provide funds for an emergency, the most recent increase being a quarter-cent to provide funds for San Francisco earthquake relief? We were promised in each case that the rates would be rolled back after the need was met. The rollbacks were never initiated. Gov. Pete Wilson now proposes to lower taxes--income taxes, that is (Jan. 10). The most simple and honorable way to reduce taxes would be to review the history of sales tax increases and reduce them by a combined rollback.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Hoping to garner voter and political support across Los Angeles County for a possible half-cent sales tax increase, transportation advocates gathered downtown Friday to unveil a proposal for a 2016 ballot measure that could fund a range of new transit projects, including a toll highway and rail line through the Sepulveda Pass. The tax proposal, announced by the advocacy group Move L.A., could raise an estimated $90 billion over 45 years and cost the average resident 25 cents to 30 cents a day, proponents said.
OPINION
November 12, 2012
After several months of chatter about possible real estate and parcel taxes to lift Los Angeles out of its budget crisis, the City Council is expected Tuesday to instead send voters a proposal to increase sales taxes by a half-cent on the dollar citywide. The likely action comes just a few days after Californians took the very rare step of approving temporary sales and income tax increases in the form of Proposition 30 to help the state meet its current budget obligations without deeper school, service and safety net cuts.
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May 7, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Senate gave strong bipartisan approval to landmark legislation that could largely lead to the end of the nation's decades-long Internet sales tax holiday. Now the issue shifts to the more skeptical, Republican-controlled House, where the debate will revolve around one fundamental question: Does helping governments collect an existing and owed tax constitute a tax increase? The Marketplace Fairness Act, approved 69-27 Monday by the Senate, gives states the authority to require larger online retailers with no physical presence in those states to collect sales taxes that residents already are obligated to pay. Many states, including California, are expected to jump at the chance to start collecting an estimated $23 billion in total sales tax revenue that is lost to online, catalog and other so-called remote sales each year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1991
Gov. Pete Wilson's sales tax hike proposal does not help Californians' federal income tax bills. Since 1986, only state income tax and property tax are deductible on a taxpayer's federal tax return. If California shifted its tax policy to recognize federal tax law, we could raise more money for California without increasing the overall tax paid by our citizens. However, the governor wants to raise fees and excise and sales taxes, which are not deductible. This is irresponsible. If California replaced its sales tax, excise taxes and fees with property taxes and income taxes, we would pay less federal income tax. TIMOTHY C. BRYSON, Chula Vista
OPINION
December 27, 2001
Give most cities or counties in California the choice of having a housing development, a business park, an auto mall or a Wal-Mart and they'll pick the auto mall or the Wal-Mart every time. Never mind that the latter two eat up a lot of land, are ugly and cause traffic congestion. Forget that the business park would bring in higher-salaried workers. Or that a nice new residential neighborhood would add stability to the community. It's all about the sales tax.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By David Zahniser
One year after Los Angeles voters rejected a sales tax increase, the City Council is looking at trying again - this time by tying the money to the repair of the city's deteriorating network of streets. Two high-level City Hall policy advisors recommended Tuesday that lawmakers place a half-cent tax hike on the November ballot that would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years. The proceeds, they said, would pay to fix the most severely damaged roads and sidewalks. Passage of a tax could add momentum to Mayor Eric Garcetti's "back to basics" campaign, which focuses on upgrading basic services.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Robin is buying a new car. Like all car buyers, she's done her best to haggle the price down. Now, she says, she's being told that she has to pay sales tax on the full sticker price of the vehicle, rather than the discounted price. Robin asks: Is that kosher? ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions When you buy a cellphone in California, you're taxed on the full retail value of the device instead of the much lower subsidized price you actually pay. As for cars, I had to check on this one with the State Board of Equalization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Transportation officials in Los Angeles County plan to offer a ballot measure next fall or in 2016 that would raise the county's sales tax by half a cent or extend the life of Measure R, the levy voters approved in 2008. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and multiple advocacy groups say more transportation money would help expand the region's fledgling rail network, improve complementary service on bus lines, and speed construction and repairs on rail lines and highways.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Although Amazon.com largely abandoned the battlefield in its long war against state sales taxes last year, the Supreme Court on Monday delivered the final articles of surrender. The court turned down the big retailer's appeal of a New York court ruling upholding a law requiring Amazon to collect sales taxes from customers there. It's about time. You can tell that Amazon knew defeat was coming from the fact that it already was collecting taxes from buyers in New York, pending a final ruling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Lee Romney
In a city that had fallen into bankruptcy, where confidence had plummeted as crime rose, the election was cast as a decisive moment for San Bernardino. And Tuesday the voters spoke up, pushing out the longtime city attorney - a prominent figure first elected to the job in 1987 - and a city councilwoman who nonetheless emerged as the leading vote-getter in the race for mayor. Proponents of the recall effort hailed the election as a victory. "It gives San Bernardino hope that things can get better and will get better," said Scott Beard, a leader of the recall effort.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Heesook recently noticed something that you may have noticed as well. Sometimes when she buys a discounted item, she's charged sales tax at the undiscounted price. Sometimes she isn't. Her question: What's going on? I'm asked this a lot, often by people who have paid full freight on their sales tax after buying a deeply discounted smartphone. Sales taxes are tricky, and they can vary from state to state. But generally speaking, if the discount is offered by a retailer, you'll pay a lower tax. If it's offered by a manufacturer, you'll pay a higher tax. For more, check out today's Ask Laz video.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Japan's economic growth slowed in the second quarter, spurring debate over whether the country should raise its sales tax in order to more quickly pay down its public debt.  The country's gross domestic product grew at an annualized 2.6%, coming in at a lower rate than many analysts' expectation of 3.8%.  The previous quarter's GDP growth rate was also revised downward from 4.1% to 3.8%, the Japanese government said Monday. Top celebrity overseas commercials   Japan's economy, which has had record deflation for much of the past two decades, has seen aggressive actions by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to turn around the world's third-largest economy.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Business is a top priority for the Legislature this year, California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez says as members return Monday for a final six weeks of lawmaking in 2013. Already this year, he boasts, the Legislature has overhauled the enterprise-zone program and created a sales-tax credit for research, development and manufacturing equipment. Getting the package passed and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown before the summer recess was "huge," said Pérez a Los Angeles Democrat)
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