California Legislators Look for Tax Workarounds to Preserve Deductions

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Tax forms from previous years are displayed at Latino Taxes April 10, 2007 in Oakland, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Imagess)

Led by state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, state lawmakers are looking for creative ways to soften the impact of the new federal tax law on Californians. Options under consideration include replacing income tax payments with fully deductible charitable donations to the state, or with payroll taxes. But De León admits the ideas floated for California are “highly unusual tax policy making.” Forum discusses the viability of such workarounds for state residents negatively impacted by the new tax law.


Kevin de León, president pro tem, California State Senate

Alan Auerbach,  professor of economics; law director, Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, UC Berkeley

Scott Shafer, senior editor, KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk