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Focus on State & Local Taxation: California Passed Various Ballot Initiatives on November 6, 2012 and Relief Announced for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

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Proposition 30 retroactively increases income taxes effective January 1, 2012. The following rate increases are effective for seven years.
November 8, 2012

Retroactive tax increase passes

Proposition 30 retroactively increases income taxes effective January 1, 2012. The following rate increases are effective for seven years:

Proposition 30 Ballot Initiative

10.3% (1% increase) on income of:

  • $250,001–$300,000 for single/MFS; 
  • $340,001–$408,000 for HOH;
  • $500,001–$600,000 for MFJ.

11.3% (2% increase) on income of:

  • $300,001–$500,000 for single/MFS; 
  • $408,001–$680,000 for HOH; 
  • $600,001–$1,000,000 for MFJ.

12.3% (3% increase) on income of:

  • More than $500,000 for single/MFS; 
  • More than $680,000 for HOH; 
  • More than $1,000,000 for MFJ.

Note: Income in excess of $1 million is also subject to the 1% mental health surcharge.

Proposition 30 also increases the state sales tax rate by 0.25% for four years, beginning January 1, 2013, bringing the standard statewide rate to 7.50% (currently 7.25%).

Proposition 38, Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs, failed; and

Proposition 39, the single sales factor mandate, passed, so most multi-state corporations will be required to use the single sales factor in 2013.

States Announce Hurricane Sandy Tax Filing Relief

Various state governments, like New York and New Jersey, have given an extension of time for filing tax deposits or tax returns in response to the business interruption created by Hurricane Sandy. Should you find that your organization did not timely pay or file and needs relief, please contact your RubinBrown team member to see if we can assist you with the resolution for your issue. The IRS has also issued Informational Release 2012-82 granting various extensions due to Hurricane Sandy.

 

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