News Release

For Immediate Release:
April 19, 2018
Micah Grant / 916-322-3116 o / 323-868-9067 c

Another Late Tax Freedom Day for California Taxpayers

Sacramento, Calif. – Californians who filed tax returns this week must unfortunately wait nearly a week longer until they've collectively earned enough money to pay off their total tax bill for the year.

Calculated annually by the Tax Foundation, Tax Freedom Day is the day when Americans have earned enough money to pay their taxes at the federal, state, and local levels.

This year, Tax Freedom Day lands on April 19 at the national level, but for California it lands on April 23.

"The good news is, thanks to the Trump tax cuts, the tax burden for most Californians went down," said Board of Equalization Chairman George Runner.

"However, even with the federal tax cuts, Tax Freedom Day comes late again to California," added Runner. "I urge the Legislature to make the necessary reforms to simplify California's tax laws to help everyday Californians. Californians aren't getting a lot of value for the money they send to government."

According to the Tax Foundation, in 2018, Americans will pay $3.39 trillion in federal taxes and $1.80 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total tax bill of $5.19 trillion, or 30 percent of national income. That's more than Americans will collectively spend on food, clothing and housing combined.

California celebrates Tax Freedom Day later than most states, ranking 41 out 50 of states with the earliest Tax Freedom Day.

George Runner represents the State Board of Equalization’s First District and is a leading advocate for California taxpayers. Prior to being elected to the BOE, Runner served in the State Legislature where he authored California’s Amber Alert and Blue Alert. As a member of the Senate Revenue and Taxation committee, he led the fight against tax increases and supported tax relief for all Californians. A thoughtful conservative, Runner’s priorities include improving the economy, business growth, education excellence, and public safety for all Californians.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $60.5 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit California Tax Service Center.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation, and is not considered written advice under Revenue and Taxation Code section 6596. Changes in law or regulations may have occurred since the time this news release was written. If there is a conflict between the text of this news release and the law, decisions will be based upon the law and not this news release. For specific help, please contact the BOE at 1-800-400-7115.