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Tax and Fee Report: Major Taxes and Fees Introduced in the California Legislature

October 01, 2020

This report identifies higher taxes, fees, assessments, and charges acted on by lawmakers since July 6, 2020 through the deadline for governor action on signatures and vetoes on September 30.

Tax and Fee Report: Major Taxes and Fees Introduced in the California Legislature

June 04, 2020

This report identifies higher taxes, fees, assessments, and charges acted on by lawmakers since January 6, 2020.

Tax and Fee Report: Major Taxes and Fees Introduced in the California Legislature

March 24, 2020

This report identifies higher taxes, fees, assessments, and charges acted on by lawmakers since January 6, 2020. This includes bills introduced 2020 and 2019 bills that have not failed legislative deadlines.

Tax and Fee Report: Major Taxes and Fees Introduced in the California Legislature

November 15, 2019

This report identifies higher taxes, fees, assessments, and charges proposed by lawmakers from the first day of the legislative session, on December 3, 2018.

Tax and Fee Report: Major Taxes and Fees Introduced in the California Legislature

August 14, 2019

This report identifies higher taxes, fees, assessments, and charges proposed by lawmakers from the first day of the legislative session, on December 3, 2018.

Tax and Fee Report: Major Taxes and Fees Introduced in the California Legislature

June 04, 2019

This report identifies higher taxes, fees, assessments, and charges proposed by lawmakers from the first day of the legislative session, on December 3, 2018

California Tax Facts: An Overview of the Golden State's Tax Structure

April 04, 2019

California Tax Facts: An Overview of the Golden State’s Tax Structure describes the taxes imposed by California’s state and local governments, and includes informative charts and tables with statistics on who pays the taxes, how much revenue is collected, and much more. 

Tax and Fee Report: Major Taxes and Fees Introduced in the California Legislature

April 03, 2019

This report identifies higher taxes, fees, assessments, and charges proposed by lawmakers from the first day of the legislative session, on December 3, 2018, 

Tax Watch: Major Taxes and Fees Introduced in the California Legislature

October 09, 2018

California lawmakers introduced 47 proposals that cumulatively would cost taxpayers more than $273 billion annually in higher taxes and fees.

The Evolution and Impact of Proposition 13: A Visual Guide to California's Property Tax System

June 06, 2018

This report marks the 40th anniversary of voters’ approval of Proposition 13 by reviewing how the initiative has evolved over four decades.

Factsheet: Understanding California's Property Tax Burden

March 20, 2018

Under a split roll property tax system, not all properties on the assessment roll are treated equally. Proposition 13 provides that property will be subject to the same rules regarding the maximum assessed value, assessment practices, and maximum tax rates.

California Tax Facts: An Overview of the Golden State's Tax Structure

January 31, 2017

California Tax Facts: An Overview of the Golden State’s Tax Structure describes the taxes imposed by California’s state and local governments, and includes informative charts and tables with statistics on who pays the taxes, how much revenue is collected, and much more. 

Piecing Together California's Parcel Taxes

September 15, 2014

The first comprehensive study of California’s parcel taxes identified more than $1.9 billion in parcel taxes imposed annually on property owners. The in-depth survey also identifies local trends and provides recommendations for improving the parcel tax.

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PAST REPORTS & FACTSHEETS

Principles of Sound Tax Policy

Policymakers, scholars and think tanks overwhelmingly agree on a number of key overarching principles of sound tax policy. 

Water's Edge Election

An overview of how California taxes foreign companies doing business in the Golden State.  

Health Savings Accounts Reduce Costs

California is one of only three states that do not allow a deduction for contributions to a health savings account. Learn more about how HSAs can reduce health care costs. 

Evaluating State and Local Bonds

Bonds can be an appropriate mechanism to finance capital projects at the state and local levels of government. However, expenditures funded by a bond should be thoroughly evaluated.

Lowering the Vote Threshold for Local Taxes

Local governments currently need voter approval to increase taxes, but state lawmakers are considering several proposals to make it easier for local government to raise taxes and increase debt. 

Proposition 13 Reporter

Article XIIIA of the California Constitution: Amendments, Statutes, Decisions

California Local Government Finance: Issues for the '80s (Summary)

An in-depth study on finance issues facing local governments.

California Local Government Finance: Issues for the '80s (Part One)

An in-depth study on finance issues facing local governments.

California Local Government Finance: Issues for the '80s (Part Two)

An in-depth study on finance issues facing local governments.

Making the Grade?

Assessing school district progress on SB 813.

Preserving California's Public Workers Investment

A report developed from a California Tax Foundation conference, November 19, 1982, at SRI International, Inc. Menlo Park, California.

Public Choices - Private Resources

Financing capital infrastructure for California's growth through public-private bargaining.

Contracting Out Local Government Services

A collection of case studies on California local government experiences contracting out services. 

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