In Memory: David R. Doerr, California’s Foremost Tax Expert

David R. Doerr, recognized as California’s foremost tax policy expert for more than five decades, passed away June 15 at his home in Carmichael.

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Largest Employer in Vernon Leaving California Due to High Costs

The Farmer John plant, which is the largest employer in the city of Vernon, is set to close next year, KABC News reported June 10.

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State Gas Tax Set to Increase to 53.9 Cents Per Gallon in July

On July 1, California’s excise tax on gasoline will increase from 51.1 cents per gallon to 53.9 cents per gallon, and the tax on diesel fuel will increase from 38.9 cents per gallon to 41 cents per gallon…

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Equipment Tax is Hobbling State’s Manufacturers

California, which leads the nation in innovation, attracts no more than 1% of new manufacturing investment in the United States. Why? Because it double-taxes production.

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A Voice for Taxpayers

The California Taxpayers Association has been on the front lines supporting sound tax policy and supporting government efficiency since 1926. We are the state’s oldest and largest organization representing taxpayers. In legislative proceedings, courtrooms, elections and discussions with tax agency leaders, CalTax provides a strong and respected voice for taxpayers.


We advocate for sound tax policy and government efficiency. With an office one-block from the State Capitol, we regularly work with lawmakers to ensure that tax legislation is fair and reasonable.


We offer respected research and in-depth knowledge of tax policy. Our staff includes subject-matter experts with decades of experience working on income, sales, and property tax issues at Big Four accounting firms and Fortune 500 companies.


We regularly comment about tax issues in the press and discuss how higher taxes will make it more expensive to live and do business in our state.

Our members include tax and finance professionals working at small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, as well as individuals.


Our continued success depends on support from members like you.

Stay Informed!

Call to Action

CalTax is fighting to save Proposition 13 and stop taxes that would make California even less affordable for residents and businesses.

In 2020, voters rejected the largest proposed property tax increase in state history. The ballot measure – Proposition 15 – would have eliminated Proposition 13 protections for many properties in California, resulting in higher rent for countless small businesses, and higher prices for just about everything we buy and use (including groceries, fuel, utilities, day care and health care).

Supporters of Proposition 15 have promised to reintroduce this flawed tax that would cost taxpayers an estimated $12 billion per year. That’s why taxpayers must stay vigilant and protect existing safeguards.

CalTax is working hard to defeat these unnecessary taxes, but we can’t do it alone. Email for information on how you can help.