As your elected taxpayer advocate, I’m fighting to make sure all Californians are treated fairly and to promote tax policies that help grow our economy. I’m always open to hearing your ideas on how we can work together to solve the toughest problems facing our state.
Gas Tax Hike Goes Into Effect Nov. 1
If you’re planning on filling up your gas tank you may want to do it soon. Why? Because the Governor and Legislative Democrats agreed in April to hike state gas taxes by 12 cents per gallon beginning November 1.
As I’ve argued before, Californians already pay a hefty premium to live in the state. Lawmakers should have used available funds to prioritize the state’s crumbling infrastructure a lot sooner, instead of focusing on out-of-date legacy projects such as high-speed rail.
Instead, our elected leaders decided to create new vehicle registration fees and implement a regressive tax that will harm working-class and poor Californians who must travel farther distances to work.
Feel free to contact your elected representative with feedback.
|Will Taxpayers Stand a Chance Against New Bureaucracy?
Due to changes implemented by the Governor and Legislature, beginning January 1, California taxpayers will no longer be able to appeal their tax bill before an elected board.
Instead, those who wish to dispute their bill will face three administrative law judges inside of a new government bureaucracy called the Office of Tax Appeals.
Having an elected board gave taxpayers a voice against state government abuses, and many Californians who come before the board often represent themselves against the state’s army of attorneys.
This begs the question: Will taxpayers stand a chance against a new powerful government bureaucracy?
That’s the question I asked in my recent Orange County Register op-ed. It would be incredibly naïve to think unelected bureaucrats won’t be pressured into ruling against taxpayers to protect state coffers.
You can share your feedback to my op-ed by emailing George@boe.ca.gov.
Tax Relief Available for Those Affected by Wildfires
The State of California is offering emergency tax relief to those who have been affected by the recent fires.
Available tax relief includes extensions to file returns, relief from penalties and/or interest from some taxes and fees, and replacing copies of records lost to damage.
Taxes are the last thing people need to worry about during a tragedy.
|GR in the News
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