Wealthy California Residents Upset About Higher Tax Rates

Residents Upset About Higher Tax Rates

Many business owners are seriously considering leaving “The Golden State” for good due to excessively high taxes.

From small business owners in the bustling town of San Diego to the top vintners in the beautiful Napa Valley, many high-income Californians are preparing to pack their bags for good.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and Phil Mic...
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and Phil Mickelson at the awards ceremony for The Players Championship in 2007, which Mickelson had just won. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

High-ranking golfer Phil Mickelson is speaking out about his feelings on this issue. He feels that he is being forced to make some tough decisions and has admitted that he has considered relocating to a state that doesn’t make top-earning residents pay such high taxes. Although Mickelson was vocal about his stance on high state taxes, he later regretted speaking so openly.

Peter Farrell, a medical-device manufacturer in San Diego, has approximately 600 workers and has considered moving his offices to a different state in order to save on income tax. Texas has become an attractive option for many business owners, primarily because it is a no-income-tax state. Income tax in California is currently 13.3%, which is too high, according to many residents.

Many believe that Proposition 30 is the cause of these tax laws that are seemingly unfair to those with higher incomes. This tax-increase proposal was voted into law by California’s residents, resulting in a huge net spend for the state. Households earning $250,000 or more each year already pay up to 62% in state taxes, and a further increase in taxes is causing residents to bail. In fact, many residents have already left the state, according to Fox News. These residents chose to remain anonymous due to their fear of being audited by the IRS, but all of them expressed their frustrations with California’s tax laws.

Residents are also trying to figure out how to legally relocate without completely cutting ties with California State, according to tax analysts. These experts believe that many residents will figure out how to do this and act on it by the year 2014.

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