October 10, 1993 |
The most basic information about California taxes is often misunderstood or miscast in the arena of public debate. Here in graphic form are some of the basics of the state's tax system. They show, among other things, that California's overall tax burden has remained relatively stable for three decades, though the mix of taxes has shifted substantially as the state has come to rely much more heavily on personal income taxes and less on property taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1993 |
The state Senate reversed itself Tuesday and approved a tax break for certain foreign corporations. The 26-8 vote sent the bill to the Assembly. Backers hope to move it through the lower house before lawmakers adjourn for the year at the end of next week. The bill, by Sen. Alfred Alquist (D-San Jose), was defeated Thursday on a 19-17 vote. But Alquist amended the measure Monday to ease provisions that would reduce tax deductions for business-related meals and entertainment.
May 30, 1985 |
QUESTION: I am one of the many California taxpayers whose IRA deduction was disallowed by the state because I didn't realize that the state law was different than the federal law on IRAs. Is anything being done to correct this terrible inequity?--A. L. ANSWER: Making the state IRA rules conform to the federal standards requires legislative action, and several bills are making their way through the state Senate and Assembly.
September 27, 2003
Re "Tribes Have Become Players in Sacramento," Sept. 20: Indian casinos in California are not subject to state taxes because they are on land considered to belong to a sovereign nation, thereby not paying their fair share to the state treasury from their $5-billion-a-year revenue. But Indian casinos in California evidently have been able to afford to contribute $120 million since 1998 to politicians and political parties, thereby greatly influencing (and corrupting) the political process.
June 11, 1995 |
Q. I want to hire a domestic and I realize I will be liable for certain employer taxes, such as Social Security, Medicare, state disability insurance, and unemployment insurance. However, am I eligible to claim any tax credits, such as the one available if my worker lives in an enterprise zone? And, how do I handle payment of Social Security and Medicare taxes? -- W.H.W . A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1986
We now have the spectacle of the emperor marching along in all his finery with 97 faithful senators behind in similar garb. We also have the possibility of a majority of our representatives joining the parade for fear of upsetting the emperor's march. Questions that I must raise in order to establish the merit of the bill that the Senate passed by a vote of 97 to 3 are as follows: 1--Why were sales taxes singled out as the only excluded deduction for state taxes? 2--Why are timber and oil and gas interests still in the tax-sheltered category?
January 26, 1992
As a person whose entire pretax income roughly equals the amount of state income tax that President Bush avoids paying by maintaining a 14-days-a-year residence in a Houston hotel suite, I regret that you didn't print the story of Bush's tax dodge on the front page where it belongs, "Bush Pays Few State Taxes, Magazines Says" (Dec. 28). It was buried on Page 2 of the Business section, where it was probably missed by most struggling taxpayers--aside from those scanning the lists of additional job layoffs and business failures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 |
State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) is heading to the White House on Wednesday to be honored as one of 10 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender officials to be named a Harvey Milk Champion of Change. Lara's selection comes a month after the California Senate approved his measure stripping an exemption from state taxes for groups including the Boy Scouts of America that do not allow gays as members. The White House also named Redondo Beach Mayor Michael A. Gin and California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird as recipients of the honor.
June 7, 1992 |
Q: I bought some vacant land in early 1991 with the hope of building my retirement home on it. However, now that the housing market is so weak, I cannot sell my house, build the new home and move into it by early 1993. I believe I must move into my new home within 24 months of selling the old one if I want to roll over the gain from my current residence. Isn't that true? Should I sell the land and then repurchase it to restart the 24-month period? --W. H. L.