Legislative Update

Governor Signs Two CalTax-Supported Bills

Governor Gavin Newsom this month signed two CalTax-supported bills that provide selective conformity to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On September 9, Newsom signed AB 1577 (Burke), which conforms to provisions in the CARES Act relating to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Conformity ensures that taxpayers who utilized a PPP loan under terms set by Congress will not be punished with an unexpected state income tax bill. In a letter to the governor, CalTax noted: “By conforming to the provisions that exclude these forgiven and covered…

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Lawmakers Introduce Union-Backed ‘Wealth Tax,’ but Say it Won’t Advance

Assembly Member Rob Bonta hosted a teleconference August 13 to unveil legislation to “establish a first-in-the-nation net worth tax” that would cost California taxpayers an estimated $7.5 billion per year, but announced during the event that the bill (AB 2088) will not advance. “The reality is this bill is not going to have a hearing and is not going to move through the process,” Bonta said, raising the question of why he and several coauthors triggered the state costs associated…

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Legislative Update: Bill Would Lead to Lawsuit Abuse in Tax Disputes

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assembly Member Mark Stone announced February 20 that they are reintroducing legislation (AB 2570, Stone) to expand the False Claims Act to claims, records, and statements made under the Revenue and Taxation Code. The legislation closely mirrors the last amended version of last session’s version (AB 1270, Stone), which was approved by the Assembly but failed to clear the Senate Appropriations Committee. Among other things, it would allow private lawyers to bring nuisance suits…

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Legislative Update: Legislator Proposes Tax on Businesses Based on Number of Employees

Assembly Member Kansen Chu this week introduced AB 2843, which would require local governments to impose an additional annual business license tax based on the number of employees – businesses with more workers would be penalized with higher taxes. This is the first proposal for a statewide “headcount tax,” expanding upon an idea that has been gaining traction at the local level. Although Chu, a Democrat who represents a district in Milpitas, describes the charge as a “fee,” the legislative…

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