Tag: ‘California’

Rewarding Work, Paying by the Mile, a Windfall, and… Tax Magic 


By :: May 21st, 2015

Redesign the EITC to help more low-income workers. TPC’s Elaine Maag thinks that’s the way to go. She explains in her new paper: “A worker credit based on individual earnings, and not contingent on having children at home, could provide substantial benefits to all low-income workers, ease administration for the IRS, and encourage work for childless individuals and secondary […]

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Wishes, Dreams, and Bittersweet Denials

By :: May 14th, 2015

Be careful what you wish for. Businesses have backed an overhaul of the US tax code for quite some time, but their tune changes when it comes to corporate tax reform in other countries. The Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project, or BEPS, is an effort by  the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to […]

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Revenues and Rate Hikes: What’s an Elected Official to Do?

By :: April 22nd, 2015

There’s a revenue surge in California. The state is exceeding its 2013 tax collections and beating 2014 forecasts. The Franchise Tax Board netted $7.6 billion in personal income taxes between April 1 and this past Monday. It collected $6 billion during the same period in 2014. The state’s school funding formula will direct nearly all […]

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Bipartisan or Partisan: Tax Efforts Abound

By :: April 17th, 2015

There’s a bipartisan House effort to double the federal gas tax. It would raise the 18.4 cents-per-gallon tax to about 30 cents, would be inflation adjusted, and would rise again in three years if Congress does not find another way to pay for federal transportation projects. The bill’s sponsors—mostly back-benchers—say it would raise $27.5 billion. […]

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One Solution to California’s Drought: Tax Water

By :: April 7th, 2015

The idea is straight out of Economics 101: If you want people to do less of something, raise the price. And California desperately needs its residents and businesses to use less water. So rather than trying to curb water use through a complex maze of regulation, why not just raise the price though a new […]

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Budget Plans and Fun with Tax Forms

By :: March 19th, 2015

The Senate GOP budget is out. It would cut spending by $5.1 trillion and reach balance in 10 years, according to its dynamic score. Like the House budget released Tuesday, it would repeal the Affordable Care Act, but unlike the House plan, it includes  reconciliation instructions that could give Congress a way to manage the […]

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Can Expectations Be Too Low?

By :: March 3rd, 2015

Pot tax refunds for all in Colorado? Colorado’s controversial Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR)  says that the state cannot keep more tax revenue than it expected to collect in the year it levies a new tax. Colorado is on track to collect an extra $219 million in revenue in the current fiscal year and $59 million […]

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Dynamic Scoring Forum: California’s Dynamic Revenue Estimating Experience

By :: March 2nd, 2015

This is one of a series of TaxVox guest blogs discussing dynamic scoring. California was one of the first states in the nation to undertake dynamic revenue estimation of tax proposals.  In 1994, governor Pete Wilson (R) signed Senate Bill 1837, which required the Department of Finance to prepare dynamic revenue estimates for proposals with […]

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Cap and Trade Plans, Tax Deadlines, and Rate Drops

By :: January 5th, 2015

Washington Governor Jay Inslee proposes a statewide cap and trade program. The Democrat released details of his carbon pollution market program that would give the state’s Department of Ecology authority to set annual goals aimed at reducing emissions to half of 1990 levels. Inslee would extend the state’s sales tax exemption for alternative fuel vehicles, […]

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Congress Ties Up Loose Ends, Loosely

By :: December 8th, 2014

The Senate may soon send that retroactive tax-break bill to the President. The House passed it last week, and the Senate is expected to take up the measure this week. The House version  would  revive 50+ expired tax breaks only through the end of 2014. Tax Analysts reports that Dave Reichert, the incoming chair of […]

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