CA GOP opportunity: Cut the state income tax 1 percentage point

TaxiforniaMay 19, 2013

By John Seiler

California Republicans never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. But listen up, because here’s one you shouldn’t miss: Advance and initiative to cut the state income tax by 1 percentage point.

Right now, Californians and other Americans are enraged at the IRS assault on the Tea Party and other conservatives and libertarians. Even liberals are up in arms. Taxes and the Taxman are unpopular.

So take advantage of it.

The CA GOP should formulate an initiative to cut the state income tax. Start small, say cut 1 percentage point from the tax. Keep it simple. Don’t have different rate cuts for different groups. The same for everybody: 1 percentage point off the rate.

It would be a winning issue at the polls. And it would be a winning issue for GOP candidates.

Slogan: “1 percent for California families.”

Democrats will say, “Oh, you’re helping the rich, who need to pay their fair share. They should pay 13.3 percent of income instead of a measly 12.3 percent.”

Forget that jibe. The focus should be on the middle class, which pays an incredible 9.3 percent beginning at about $55,000 of income. So if your family income is, say, $80,000 — barely into the middle class in exorbitantly expensive California — your overall tax rate is something like 6 percent. So, cutting that down to 5 percent would mean a savings of about $800 a year.

Call it the “$800 middle-class tax cut.”

Or: “The California family tax cut.”

Democrats will wail that it will take money from the poor, the schools, the handicapped.

Retort: “Just reform the $100 K pensions that are bankrupting the state and the money easily is there.”

Retort 2: “Tax collectors are harassing people for their political and religious beliefs, let’s give them less to mess with.”

Come on, guys, get creative for a change. California Republicans should be known for more than sticking their heads in the beach stand or moving to Texas.

And keep demonizing the IRS and other tax collectors.

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  1. us citizen
    us citizen 19 May, 2013, 08:40

    Are you kidding me? $800 a year? bahahahahhaha Thats $15 a week. whipppeeeee doooo

    You want tax breaks…..then grow some melons.

    And since when was $80,000 a year, barely middle class?

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  2. al
    al 19 May, 2013, 08:40

    Slogan: Demon-rats- party of the I.R.S..

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  3. Tax Target
    Tax Target 19 May, 2013, 09:04

    Yup I’m cutting my state taxes….. to zero! I’m moving to Nevada. Join me!

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  4. S Moderation Douglas
    S Moderation Douglas 19 May, 2013, 10:34

    “Democrats will wail that it will take money from the poor, the schools, the handicapped.”

    Screw the Democrats. Tell them that if you reduce the tax rate, you will INCREASE tax revenue. It works very time.

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  5. S Moderation Douglas
    S Moderation Douglas 19 May, 2013, 10:34

    LOL

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  6. S Moderation Douglas
    S Moderation Douglas 19 May, 2013, 11:10

    “Just reform the $100 K pensions that are bankrupting the state and the money easily is there.”

    The cost of $100,000 pensions is a drop in the proverbial bucket.
    You’re wasting your time with that one.

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  7. S Moderation Douglas
    S Moderation Douglas 19 May, 2013, 11:17

    “So if your family income is, say, $80,000 — barely into the middle class in exorbitantly expensive California — your overall tax rate is something like 6 percent. So, cutting that down to 5 percent would mean a savings of about $800 a year.”
    …………………………..
    I know a family very well (I did their taxes)who have an income slightly larger than $80,000. They paid just over $2,000 last year in state income tax. I seriously doubt that a one percent cut would reduce their taxes by $800.

    Minor details like marginal rates, exemptions, and deductions might have slipped by your math filter.

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  8. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 19 May, 2013, 14:40

    S Moderation Douglas: Naturally, income tax rates vary depending on deductions, etc. Some people are less oppressed by the tax autocracy than others.

    But even in your example, the family would pay $200 less.

    — John Seiler

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  9. Bob
    Bob 19 May, 2013, 22:50

    The GOP in this state can’t even tie its shoes so I have no idea how it will manage to cut taxes.

    Face it, as the GOP heads into oblivion in this state it is more interested in going along to get along with the DemoNcrats.

    And besides, they might be able to use some of the money looted to feather their own nests by “investing” in their crony special interest pals.

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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 20 May, 2013, 07:56

    Tax Target…..glad to see your moving…..we have weekly specials….ring us up!

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  11. Hondo
    Hondo 20 May, 2013, 09:49

    Unless you deal with tort reform and regulations, the tax increase will be ignored by most business thinking moving to California or expanding in California. The regulators in Kali are like the IRS, consumed with their power. The regulations become moving targets, changing depending on who is applying. The tax increase would be nice, but not effective in dealing with a poor business climate unless the whole package is addressed.
    Hondo….

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