California’s Tax Burden

California’s Tax Burden

California already has some of the highest taxes in the nation. Destroying Prop 13 and increasing property taxes will only make California’s tax burden and cost of living even worse.

So, how does California rank?


state income tax

California’s top personal income tax rate is 13.3%, the highest of any other state. Even worse, most small businesses are partnerships, sole proprietorships, LLCs, and S corporations, and generally pay their business taxes at the personal income tax rate, adding to the burden on California’s small businesses.


state sales tax

California has a 7.25% state sales and use tax, which is the highest in the nation. On top of this, local governments can levy additional sales and use taxes.


gasoline tax

California’s state taxes and fees on gasoline total to 61.20 cents per gallon, according to a July 2019 report by the American Petroleum Institute, ranking California as the highest in the nation.


state business tax climate

As reported by the non-partisan Tax Foundation’s 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index, a combination of California’s corporate tax, individual income tax, sales tax, property tax and unemployment insurance tax contributed to its ranking as the second worst business tax climate in the country.

What are the consequences of California’s high tax burden?


percentage of population living in poverty

According to the United States Census Bureau, California has the highest percentage of population living in poverty adjusted for cost of living.


percentage of homeless

California had by far the highest number of homeless in 2018, accounting for 24% of the national total, according to data from the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development.


cost of living

According to 2017 data from the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, California has the third highest cost of living among the states.

How would destroying Prop 13’s protections for businesses impact jobs and the economy?

$71.8 Billion

in lost output to to the California economy.


jobs lost over the first five years of increasing property taxes on businesses.

California has a $22 billion budget surplus and more than $20 billion in general fund reserves. At the same time, too many families are living paycheck to paycheck.

Now is not the time to raise property taxes and increase costs on everything we buy and use.

Join us and fight for Prop 13!