Jerry Brown Struggles Mixing Taxes and Tampons

Jerry Brown Struggles Mixing Taxes and Tampons
I grew up in California during one of its biggest booms in economic growth. The good times were rolling, and the Sacramento Pols were doing their best to spend every dollar before it even hit their coffers. During one election before I could vote, I remember my mom debating how she should vote on some ...

Small Change Coming For Proposition 13

Small Change Coming For Proposition 13
I may live in Colorado, but I still love following my home state California’s train wreck of a political situation. At least from far away. And if there’s one law that epitomizes the political clash, it’s Proposition 13. For those not from California (since those with CA backgrounds certainly know about it), Proposition 13 was a ...

California State Gas Taxes May Become Per Mile

California State Gas Taxes May Become Per Mile
The state gas taxes in California are the second highest in the country, but the state legislature can already see the writing on the wall: the more the press for high fuel efficiency and electric cars, the less revenue those state gas taxes will bring in. The solution? The legislature is proposing a voluntary program ...

Wait, Did California Override Federal Law Again?

Wait, Did California Override Federal Law Again?
We all know that medical marijuana is illegal for federal purposes, but legal for California purposes. This is pretty old news. I’ll defer to others whether this is right or wrong, but it does result in interesting results, like having to put “drug trafficker” as your federal return occupation. Apparently last year they did it ...

Sales Apportionment

Sales Apportionment
Yesterday I wrote about media’s cluelessness with “loopholes”. The article discussed related to California changing their apportionment factor from being able to choose the best of two methods, to only using a single sales factor. I focused mostly on my frustration that it was called a “loophole,” and glossed over the substance. I’d like to ...

Proof the Media doesn’t know what a ‘loophole’ is

Proof the Media doesn’t know what a ‘loophole’ is
CBS News recently posted a story about the California bill to “close [a] tax loophole.” Apparently, by “loophole” they mean “changing the very clear and concise and purposeful instructions created two years ago.” State income tax is generally determined by taking the Federal Taxable Income and tossing in whatever adjustment the state deems necessary. For ...

California Tax Rant

California Tax Rant
Dear California, I hope by now you are at least beginning to realize you’ve screwed up your tax system. I really shouldn’t care, since I haven’t called you home for nearly ten years now, but my family lives there, and I still have to deal with your infernal tax returns. First of all, your actual ...