Requires multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in California. Repeals existing law giving multistate businesses an option to choose a tax liability formula that provides favorable tax treatment for businesses with property and payroll outside California. Dedicates $550 million annually for five years from anticipated increase in revenue for the purpose of funding projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs in California. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government:
Approximately $500 million in additional state General Fund revenues in 2012-13 and $1 billion each year thereafter from requiring a single sales factor formula for corporate taxes, with about half of the additional annual revenues from 2013-14 through 2017-18 supporting energy efficiency and alternative energy projects. Increased Proposition 98 minimum funding guarantee for K-14 schools of roughly $225 million annually from 2012-13 through 2017-18 and by roughly $500 million each year thereafter, as a result of additional state General Fund revenues. (11-0080)
This measure is technically a tax increase, but on a segment that voters seem willing to tax: large corporations.
Prop 39 reverses both a 2009 state budget deal and years of other corporate tax laws in California, by implementing a single formula for corporate taxes… regardless of what state the corporation is based.
Supporters say it’s tax fairness, with the money going to both clean energy grants and the state budget.
Opponents say it’s an economic burden and will stifle job growth.
Bottom line: Prop 39 would result in an additional $1 billion a year in state taxes paid by large corporations.