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April 13, 2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Roland Boucher

14252 Culver Drive #728, Irvine CA 92604

949-552-9174 or Roland@CalSimpleTax.org

 

GOVERNMENT:

CALIFORNIA SIMPLE TAX PROPOSAL

IRVINE, CALIF. - United Californians for Tax Reform (UCTR) announces plans to circulate a petition, via the Internet, to place the following initiative statute before the voters for the March 2004 primary election. The California Attorney General has confirmed receipt of the proposed initiative which has been assigned file No. SA2003RF0010. We expect to receive the final Title and Summary as well as permission to circulate petitions on or before May 16, 2003.

Suggested Title 

California Simple Tax

Suggested Summary of the Measure

Taxpayers will have the option of calculating their 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 a married person filing jointly, or $50,000 in the case of a single person, and (2) consists only of wages, salaries, tips, taxable interest, taxable dividends or taxable pensions. The standard deduction for taxpayers filing jointly shall be equal to the hourly minimum wage multiplied by 2080 (currently $14,040) or one-half that amount for taxpayers filing singly ($ 7020).

The Simple Tax is Simple

The California Simple Tax gives taxpayers the opportunity to compute their taxes on a simple, one page tax form and following a simple six page instruction set instead of being forced to interpret the 63 pages of nearly unintelligible instruction provided with today’s 540 form.

The Simple Tax Reduces Record Keeping

No longer would taxpayers be forced to waste a tremendous amount of time and effort to keep financial records just to protect themselves from the government in case of future audit. All data needed to comply with the proposed tax would come from a third party such as banks, employers, etc. eliminating the need for an audit.

The Simple Tax May Reduce your Taxes

This Measure will allow taxpayers who do not claim itemized tax deductions to pay no more than the average tax imposed at their income level. Since taxpayers will now have the choice of selecting the tax form which provides for the lowest rate of tax, the revenue to the State from the Personal Income Tax may be reduced two or three percent. There will be a slight reduction in the cost of tax collection and many taxpayers will no longer require assistance in tax preparation.

The Simple Tax builds on Existing Tax Reforms

In 2000 California State Controller Kathleen Connell introduced the 540-2EZ postcard sized Tax Form which was well received by the 2 million taxpayers who were allowed to use it. We build on this reform by allowing the 3.5 million Seniors over 65 and the nearly 8 million Taxpayers who claim the Standard Deduction to use our new tax form.

The Simple Tax provides relief to over 10 million Taxpayers

Today 30 percent of tax filers chose to itemize their deductions. these Itemized deductions increase in value with increased income. The current Tax Code imposes ever increasing tax brackets (4%,6%, 8%, & 9.3%) on these taxpayers to counteract the benefits of the itemized deductions allowed them. We expect to induce many of these taxpayers to use the CA Simple Tax Form by raising their standard deduction allowed and limiting the tax rate to 2.5 percent.

 

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