Sales Tax Hike Expires This Week!

Katy Grimes: Finally some good news! California’s 1% sales tax surcharge is set to expire Friday, July 1 making our sales tax 7.25 percent, down from 8.25 percent.

A press statement just released today by Board of Equalization Member Senator George Runner reminded California consumers and retailers that California’s 1% sales tax surcharge is set to vanish July 1.

“This is great news for overtaxed California consumers and retailers who bear the sixth highest overall tax burden in the nation,” said Runner. “In fact, all Californians have good reason to celebrate. A lower sales tax will help our state’s economy and help job creation.”

While the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown could pull a rabbit out of a hat and agree on a budget deal before July 1, Runner says that it’s already too late to extend the higher sales tax without causing serious confusion (the minimum amount of time necessary to notify retailers of a sales tax rate change is 15 days).

In May 2011 the Board of Equalization notified approximately 680,000 California retailers and out-of-state businesses that make sales in California that the statewide sales and use tax rate will decrease from 8.25 percent to 7.25 percent on July 1, 2011.

“Temporary taxes often have a way of sticking around—keep in mind that the 1991 ‘temporary’ 1.25% sales tax increase is still with us today,” said Runner. “It’s a good thing for California that this latest 1% tax hike goes away and stays away.”

According to a Board of Equalization estimate, California families will save an estimated $233 annually. Even so, Californians will still pay the highest statewide sales tax rate in the nation

Well, it was almost good news.

JUNE 27, 2011

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  1. Sol
    Sol 27 June, 2011, 17:22

    “Even so, Californians will still pay the highest statewide sales tax rate in the nation.”

    Yup, and no matter how much those lying, thieving, criminal parasites are allowed to steal it is NEVER, NEVER enough!

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