2014-15 Agency Cash: Revenue Collections $732 Million Above Projection July 14, 2015

In total, 2014-15 General Fund agency cash revenue collections exceeded the Governor's estimate, as incorporated in the 2015-16 budget plan he signed into law last month, by $732 million.


May Revision: Proposition 30 Estimates, Accrual Uncertainties May 18, 2015

We discuss the May Revision estimates for Proposition 30 revenues.


May Revision: LAO Revenue Outlook May 16, 2015

Our office's May Revision revenue outlook anticipates billions of dollars of additional revenues in 2015-16, compared to the administration's updated projections.


California Sales Tax Rates Vary by City and County May 7, 2015

In this post, we present a map illustrating the variation in sales tax rates in two of California's major population centers.


New York City's Sales Tax on Services May 7, 2015

As described in our recent report, Understanding California’s Sales Tax, New York City levies a sales tax on personal services. This note provides additional information about the services that are subject to this tax.


California's Sales Tax Rate Has Grown Over Time May 5, 2015

As described in our report, Understanding California's Sales Tax, California's sales tax rate has more than doubled since 1962.


3/2015: Revenues $1.3 Billion Above Fiscal Year Projection April 15, 2015

This note provides information on March 2015 state tax collections.


February 2015 Income Taxes Far Above Forecast March 17, 2015

This post discusses February 2015 personal income, sales, and corporate income tax collections (the General Fund's "Big Three" tax sources).


California State Tax Expenditures Total Around $55 Billion February 19, 2015

In response to questions received during a January Senate budget hearing, we examine California's General Fund tax expenditures: tax deductions, credits, exclusions, and the like that reduce revenues below what they would be otherwise.


Ending the Triple Flip February 3, 2015

With the upcoming end of the "triple flip," a complex, decade-old mechanism affecting state and local finances in California, we have received several inquiries seeking a basic understanding of what the triple flip is and how its end will work exactly. This note addresses those issues.


Sales Taxes Close to June 2014 Budget Forecast January 8, 2015

December 2014 sales taxes were 4 percent above projections from last June's state budget act. This adds to the much larger gains due to last month's personal and corporate income tax surge.


14-15 State Revenues $1.6 Billion Over Budget Forecast as of 11/30 December 16, 2014

The Department of Finance's Finance Bulletin, today's version of which includes November 2014 revenue data, is the key report on state revenues each month.


Counties, Cities, Special Districts Receive Variety of Revenues December 16, 2014

The property tax is the largest source of local tax revenue for all local governments combined.


California Governments Rely on a Variety of Taxes December 16, 2014

The state government and local governments, respectively, rely on different tax revenue sources.


Breaking Down State and Local Sales Tax Rates December 15, 2014

California's sales and use tax is dedicated to various state and local purposes.