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2019 CalTaxletter No. 10

The Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report March 5 outlining the federal tax changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, discussing how California could conform to those changes, and offering recommendations for and against conforming to 10 specific provisions…

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2019 CalTaxletter No. 9

Governor Gavin Newsom’s chief of staff said February 27 that the state should “think hard” about a split-roll property tax system that would increase taxes on business properties, but did not indicate whether the governor will endorse the split-roll initiative that has qualified…

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2019 CalTaxletter No. 8

Approaching today’s deadline for state lawmakers to introduce bills for consideration this year, legislators introduced hundreds of measures each day this week – including a placeholder for a sales tax on services that was one of the 526 bills…

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2019 CalTaxletter No. 7

In his first State of the State Address, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered new transparency measures for California’s high-speed rail project, saying the current plan “would cost too much and take too long,” and indicated that tax reform is on his agenda…

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2019 CalTaxletter No. 6

The California Teachers Association (CTA) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) this week endorsed the split-roll property tax initiative that will appear on the November 2020 ballot, becoming the first major public employees’ unions to endorse the measure.

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2019 CalTaxletter No. 5

The middle class is at a crossroads in California, and if current trends continue, many Californians might decide to take a road that leads to another state.
It’s no secret that here on the West Coast, everything is…

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2019 CalTaxletter No. 4

After a six-day strike, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the teachers’ union, United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), reached a tentative labor agreement that includes pay raises for teachers, class-size reduction and support for the split-roll property tax ballot initiative…

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2019 CalTaxletter No. 3

The Legislative Analyst’s Office on January 14 recommended that Governor Gavin Newsom amend his proposal to fund an expansion of the state earned income tax credit by raising taxes through various federal tax conformity provisions…

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2019 CalTaxletter No. 2

Governor Gavin Newsom on January 10 unveiled his $209 billion state budget proposal for the 2019-20 fiscal year, and also expressed hope that the split-roll initiative scheduled for the November 2020 ballot will be used to encourage “compromise on a more comprehensive tax package,” …

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2019 CalTaxletter No. 1

During the final year of the historic governorship of Jerry Brown, California chartered its own course. State lawmakers introduced legislation to resist federal changes on multiple policy fronts, including tax policies, and California began a new era of state tax administration with the creation of …

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