taxifornia

Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
April 14, 2016 – 1:00 PM

  • Four out of five Republicans believe they pay too much income tax
  • Fifty-two percent of Democrats are OK with current tax rates
  • People who earn less than $40,000 were least likely to complain about high taxes

With the 2016 tax deadline on the horizon, it’s the time of year Californians grumble about Uncle Sam slashing their income.

In fact, a new poll found that 54 percent of Golden State voters think they pay too much income tax. The latest Field Poll also shows that 40 percent of Californians actually believe they’re taxed just enough. Only 2 percent said taxes are too low.

Party affiliations and income levels played a significant part in beliefs about taxes. Four out of five Republicans think taxes are too high, while 52 percent of Democrats are OK with the current tax rates. People in the lowest income bracket in the survey, earning less than $40,000 a year, were least likely to gripe about paying their government dues.

The issue of taxation is particularly relevant as California prepares to weigh in on the presidential race. Each candidate is pitching a different proposal to mend the nation’s tax system.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s plan would set tax rates anywhere from 10 percent to 43.6 percent of income, while Bernie Sanders’ proposal ranges from a 12.2 percent tax on the lowest earners to 54.2 percent on the highest. Republican front-runner Donald Trump intends to eliminate income taxes for those who earn up to $25,000 and levy a 25 percent tax on individuals who take home $150,000 or more, according to an analysis from The Tax Foundation. Ted Cruz wants to establish a flat income tax of 10 percent across the board.

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