California Democrats Propose Raising Top State Tax Rate to 16.8%

California Democrats Propose Raising Top State Tax Rate to 16.8%


California Democrats are planning to raise the state’s highest-in-the-nation tax rates even higher this month, hiking the top rate in the state to 16.8%.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday:

A bill introduced in the Legislature this week would raise California’s top personal income tax rate — already the highest in the nation at 13.3% — to 16.8%, retroactively to Jan. 1.

To take effect this year, the bill would need to be approved by two-thirds of the Legislature before they adjourn Aug. 31. The Senate Governance and Finance committee will hear testimony on the bill Monday morning, but won’t vote on it. It would need additional action to move forward.

AB1253 would add a surcharge of 1% to incomes (joint or single) between roughly $1 million and $2 million, 3% on income between $2 million and $5 million, and 3.5% on income greater than $5 million,

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