THE CAL SIMPLE TAX PLAN

         About Us

         Proposed 540-Simple
         Economic Impact
         Endorsements & Press

                   List & Comments

                   Press Releases

                   In the News

         Sign Our Petition
         Contribute
         Contact Us
  
 
       
   
 
 

UNITED CALIFORNIANS  

FOR TAX REFORM  

info@CalSimpleTax.org   

 

THE CALIFORNIA SIMPLE TAX

Join our growing number of supporters


SIMPLE TAX INITIATIVE IN THE NEWS:

The following articles provide more information about our initiative to simplify California's income tax calculation:

The full text of each article, beginning with the most recent, has been reprinted below for your convenience. 

August 20, 2003

IRVINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - MEMBER NEWSLETTER

http://www.irvinechamber.com/news/newsletterarchive/August%202003%20BC.pdf

CHAMBER SUPPORTS A NEW INITIATIVE TO SIMPLIFY STATE TAXES

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce has a history of working to make the tax code simpler, more efficient and less time consuming for its members and their employees. The Chamber is very proud to endorse an initiative designed to simplify state taxes. This initiative is being circulated by United Californians for Tax Reform, which is chaired by one of the Chamber's long-standing members, Roland Boucher.

The Alternative Income Tax Rate Initiative will give qualifying taxpayers the option of filing their state taxes on a one-page form. All that they would need to do is simply add up their income, subtract an increased standard deduction, and apply a single 2.5 percent rate to the result.

Taxpayers that choose this method would no longer need to gather and retain voluminous files and records for state tax purposes. Taxpayers qualify for this alternative method if their income consists solely of wages, salaries, tips, dividends, interest and pensions, and if their income does not exceed $50,000, for an individual taxpayer, or $100,000, for a married couple filing jointly.

If this measure qualifies for the ballot and is adopted by the voters, filing and paying state income taxes would become less burdensome for a significant number of Californians. Initiative supporters need to collect roughly 500,000 signatures by mid-August in order to qualify for the March 2004 primary ballot.

Additional information about the initiative can be found at the sponsor's Web site at www.CalSimpleTax.org (which also contains a petition that can be downloaded and circulated) or by contacting Info@CalSimpleTax.org.

| BACK TO TOP |

July/August 2003

TAX REVOLT 2003: CALIFORNIA

National Taxpayers Union and NTU Foundation

Capital Ideas

Vol. 11, No. 4

Tax simplification advocate ... Roland Boucher has hit upon a unique idea to make state income taxes a lot less troublesome. Boucher's organization, United Californians for Tax Reform, is sponsoring a ballot proposal that would provide taxpayers with incomes of up to $100,000 (filing jointly) the option to use an alternative flat-rate state tax system: 2.5 percent on wages, salaries, tips, taxable interest, dividends, or pensions, all declared on a single-page tax form. A standard deduction would apply, equal to the hourly minimum wage multiplied by 2,090 (currently $14,040 for a joint-filing couple). All told, California's Legislative Analyst determined that this "Simple Tax" proposal could save taxpayers $900 million in 2004-2005.

| BACK TO TOP |

July 24, 2003

ACTIVIST'S PLAN TO "DOWNSIZE" CA TAX FORM EARNS BIG PRAISE FROM NATION'S LARGEST TAXPAYER GROUP

National Taxpayers Union and NTU Foundation

For Immediate Release

For Further Information, Contact:
Pete Sepp or Maureen Tell, (703) 683-5700

http://www.ntu.org/news_room/press_releases/P0307capostcardtaxform.php3 

(Alexandria, VA) -- As the August deadline to turn-in signatures for California's March 2004 primary ballot quickly approaches, a novel idea is steadily gaining momentum throughout the state. With support continuing to grow, the 350,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) today joined the chorus of praise for United Californians for Tax Reform's Chairman Roland Boucher and his effort to adopt a postcard-sized state income tax return through an initiative measure.

"Roland Boucher has tapped into a tremendous source of frustration for taxpayers and proposed a logical solution: cut the paperwork," NTU Vice President for Communications Pete Sepp stated. "Californians are drawn to this plan because it offers them a visible change to the system. The choice between sending in a postcard or a pile of forms is an easy one."

Taxpayers are sure to be drawn to Boucher's alternative (although citizens could still choose the old system), and fortunately numerous tax filers would be able to opt for the new tax form. According to the guidelines specified by the "Simple Tax" measure, an individual's income can consist of wages, salaries, tips, dividends, interest and pensions. The total income for an individual may be up to $50,000, or $100,000 for a couple filing jointly.

In addition, the small form will allow for a standard deduction. To calculate the deduction an individual would multiply the amount of their state's minimum wage by $1,040, while a couple would multiply by $2,080. In California, taxpayers would receive a deduction of $7,020 per person or $14,040 per couple. A flat state income tax of 2.5 percent would apply to the remaining taxable income.

"Reforming federal or state tax systems should mean less complexity and lower rates, because taxpayers deserve to keep more of their time as well as their money," Sepp observed. "Among many worthy consumption tax and flat tax proposals, the California Simple Tax deserves a close look."

NTU's support for minimizing paperwork is underscored by results of a recent NTU study:

  • Americans toil for about 6.42 billion hours on tax forms and recordkeeping, accounting for 84 percent of the federal government's entire paperwork burden. These estimates are probably too low since they ignore the countless hours spent on tax minimization strategies.

  • Today, taxpayers must wade through 126 pages of instructions for the standard 1040 form, which is more than triple the number in 1975 and over double the number in 1985, the year before taxes were "simplified."

  • The current 1040A "short" form has double the number of lines that once appeared on the 1945 version of the standard 1040 tax return. Its 85-page instruction booklet now tops the "long" Form 1040 instructions published just 7 years ago.

NTU is a non-profit, non-partisan citizen organization founded in 1969 to work for lower taxes, less wasteful spending, and accountable government at all levels. Note: NTU Policy Paper 110, A Taxing Trend: The Rise in Complexity, Forms, and Paperwork Burdens, is available online at www.ntu.org.

| BACK TO TOP |

July 10, 2003

HELP LIMIT THE TAX RATE IN CALIFORNIA

Citizens for a Sound Economy

Political Update - Member Issue 93

Currently reprinted at http://www.cse.org/california/index.php 

The California Simple Tax Committee has launched an initiative petition to limit the outrageous income tax rate in California. The state’s current tax code imposes a tax rate of 9.3 percent on middle class citizens who earn less than $50,000, while loopholes and tax credits have Californians that earn over $100,000 paying an average income tax of less than 2%.

The new initiative limits the tax rate to 2.5 percent for every California family that earns less than $100,000 a year. In addition, it grants each family a generous standard deduction equal to one years earning at the minimum wage ($14,040).

And despite the poor fiscal condition of the state, the initiative will reduce state tax revenue by less than 1%! This is because the real problem with California’s state budget is wasteful spending. Since Gov. Gray Davis took office, spending has escalated out of control, leaving the state with a $38 billion deficit.

While the legislature may not act responsible, Californians can. Get involved with the effort to limit and simplify the state income tax rate by clicking on the link below and downloading the CA Simple Tax Petition.

SEE DICK ARMEY'S RELATED ARTICLE: "THIS TAX DAY, GO FLAT" (April 14, 2003) "Under a Flat Tax there would be no special treatment, no favoritism, no tax breaks for corporations and special interests, no tax tables and no loopholes. A Flat Tax would mean no tax lobbyists and no tax lawyers. And, perhaps best of all, it would put an end to an intrusive IRS. The IRS would revert to its intended purpose as a revenue collector, functioning as a servant of the people not a supervisor. That’s why the Flat Tax is so appealing to taxpayers. It speaks to our basic sense of fairness, to our desire for a simple an honest government that has faith in the people who consent to be governed. And it addresses the underlying arrogance at the core of the current tax system and the dependency on government that it creates."  (http://www.cse.org/informed/issues_template.php/1356.htm)

| BACK TO TOP |

June 2003

MORE ON THE SIMPLIFIED STATE TAX FORM PATTERNED AFTER THE 540-2EZ

"Tax Fax"

Sacramento County Taxpayers League

http://sactax.org/taxfax/index.asp?body=tf_june03 (middle of page)

United Californians for Tax Reform 2000 has had its statewide petition approved for circulation to gather signatures to place it on the March ballot in 2004. The Proposition provides taxpayers the option of calculating their state income tax by using a single rate of 2.5% after applying a standard deduction and filing a simple, one-page return, if their income (1) does not exceed $100,000 in the case of married persons filing jointly, or $50,000 in the case of a single person, and (2) consists only of wages, salaries, tips, taxable dividends or taxable pensions. The standard deduction, for taxpayers filing jointly, shall be equal to the hourly minimum wage multiplied by 2080 (currently $14,040) or one-half that amount for taxpayers filing singly ($7,020).

The one-page tax form would be patterned after the 540-2EZ by removing the current restrictions on age and income from dividends and pensions.

This proposal was originally introduced by Roland Boucher to the Legislature, which generated Legislative bills AB 2347, AB 305 and SB 831. Although SB 831 received a unanimous (40) vote on the Senate floor in 2002, it was never heard in the Assembly. As a result, Tax Reform 2000 sponsored the petition.

They are preparing the petition for direct downloading to gather signatures. All our members should be in favor of supporting this attempt to simplify filing state taxes. When petitions are available we can gather signatures to help Roland Boucher get the Income Tax Initiative before the voters next March.

| BACK TO TOP |

May 14, 2003

PROPOSED INITIATIVE ENTERS CIRCULATION.  ALTERNATIVE INCOME TAX RATE.  INITIATIVE STATUTE.

California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley

For Immediate Release

For More Information, Contact:

Terri Carbaugh or Debbie O’Donoghue [916/653-6575]

http://www.ss.ca.gov/executive/press_releases/2003/03_027.pdf 

SAN FRANCISCO --- Secretary of State Kevin Shelley announced today that the proponent of a new initiative has received clearance to begin collecting petition signatures for his measure.

The Attorney General’s official title and summary is as follows:

ALTERNATIVE INCOME TAX RATE. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Amends California’s income tax law to provide an alternative standard deduction and tax rate for taxpayers with adjusted gross income for the taxable year of $50,000.00 or less for individuals, and $100,000.00 or less for married couples filing jointly. Qualifying taxpayers may choose to take a deduction equal to California’s minimum wage effective for the taxable year, multiplied by 1,040 for individuals, or multiplied by 2,080 for married couples filing jointly, and pay 2.5% tax on the adjusted amount. Directs the Franchise Tax Board to prepare a form for use by taxpayers.

The proponent, Roland Boucher (United Californians for Tax Reform), must collect 373,816 signatures of registered voters for his measure. The 150-day deadline to circulate petitions is October 14, 2003. The proponent can be reached at (949) 552-9174.

For a copy of the complete text, title & summary, and circulation calendar, please contact the Secretary of State’s Press Office at (916) 653-6575.

What next?  Help us gather signatures to put Form "540-Simple" on the California ballot!

 

NEXT PAGE  |

 

Privacy Policy  |  Website Terms of Use

© Copyright 2003 United Californians for Tax Reform.  All rights reserved.

Please direct technical comments regarding this website to webmaster@CalSimpleTax.org