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The Government is Hard at Work Keeping Tax Preparation Complicated and Expensive

The Government is Hard at Work Keeping Tax Preparation Complicated and Expensive

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Congressional Democrats and Republicans,” reports ProPublica, “are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system.” Specifically, the  House Ways and Means Committee just advanced a bill perversely called the “Taxpayers First Act.”  If passed by Congress and signed into law, it would become illegal […]

Politicians Look to Grab More Money – While Passing on the Costs to You

Politicians Look to Grab More Money – While Passing on the Costs to You

    By Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA) Another day, another scramble for more tax revenue in California.   Although state budget reserves have grown to a record high of more than $15 billion, according to Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA), new tax proposals keep popping up in Sacramento. Two proposals to raise existing taxes and expand […]

Action Alert Update on Protecting Prop 13 – ACA 1 under fire but moving forward – Oppose!

Action Alert Update on Protecting Prop 13 – ACA 1 under fire but moving forward – Oppose!

Last week, we sent out an Action Alert asking all HJTA members to call lawmakers on the Assembly Local Government Committee and urge them to oppose Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1. This measure would make it easier to pass tax increases by cutting the vote needed to approve infrastructure bonds and taxes from the current two-thirds […]

Immediate Action Needed! Call the Capitol to protect Proposition 13!

Immediate Action Needed! Call the Capitol to protect Proposition 13!

ACTION ALERT: We need every HJTA member to oppose the newest attack on Proposition 13, Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1. This measure would make it easier to raise property tax bills by lowering the two-thirds vote for approval of local bonds and parcel taxes to just 55 percent to fund an unlimited number of infrastructure projects […]

California has a giant surplus—of ideas for new taxes. What’s up with that?

California has a giant surplus—of ideas for new taxes. What’s up with that?

By Judy Lin California is enjoying a projected $21.4 billion surplus. Three-quarters of the state believes any new revenue increase should be for voters to decide. By population and percentage of personal income, this state already has the nation’s 10th highest tax burden. And the leader of the California Senate, Pro Tem Toni Atkins, has pointedly cautioned against any more levies that […]

After Strike, Los Angeles Teachers Union Aim at Killing Prop. 13

After Strike, Los Angeles Teachers Union Aim at Killing Prop. 13

. By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views The 2020 election will decide if California corporations, the major one’s, will stay in California.  It will decide if they can afford to stay in a Socialists paradise.  Taxes on water, higher income taxes—probably almost a dollar extra in gas taxes (79 cents is ALREADY planned as […]

As Governor Releases First Budget Proposal, CA Controller Reports State Closed 2018 Short of Expectations

As Governor Releases First Budget Proposal, CA Controller Reports State Closed 2018 Short of Expectations

SACRAMENTO — On the day Governor Gavin Newsom proposed his first budget, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported California’s revenues in December fell short of assumptions in the 2018-19 fiscal year budget by $4.82 billion. For the fiscal year, revenues of $55.63 billion are 4.4 percent ($2.54 billion) less than projected in the budget, which […]

Ventura | Assuring You Pay More💲

Ventura | Assuring You Pay More💲

  “I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.” —Thomas Jefferson Ventura Water will push the boundaries of the law as it tries to use Proposition 218 to raise money to meet the Wishtoya Foundation Consent Decree. […]

Southern California homeowners rush to sell: Listings up 42% to 4-year high

Southern California homeowners rush to sell: Listings up 42% to 4-year high

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views Are we about to feel the effects of the high Sacramento taxes, the low quality schools, high cost of living and taxes that are about to bury us?  Plus in 2020 a ballot measure that could kill hundreds of thousands of California jobs—the Split Roll Tax […]

OPINION | California is a Failed Model No Matter How You Look At It

OPINION | California is a Failed Model No Matter How You Look At It

. Vance Ginn and Elliott Raia | Director and Research Associate, Center for Economic Prosperity When you have to begin an argument with “depending on how you look at it,” you’re not arguing from a strong position. Yet such has become the answer to the question of, “Is California a good role model?” posed recently […]