The Tax Man Cometh…Especially in California

California is again ranked as the WORST state for businesses…

From CFO Magazine…

Beset by plunging revenues, states step up their pursuit of corporate taxes…

State budgets, which seem to flirt with disaster even in good times, are now in dire straits, and that has big implications for business. Plunging tax revenues now have more than 40 states facing budget shortfalls, and as many as 10 (including California, Florida, and New York) expect fiscal 2010 revenues to lag expenses by more than 20%, according to Harley Duncan, a managing director in the state and local tax practice at KPMG. To fill in the budget gaps, states are aggressively seeking more business-tax revenue via corporate income taxes, stepping up enforcement, interpreting nexus more broadly, and proposing additional business levies.

The 2009 CFO State Tax Survey, conducted with KPMG, shows that companies are bracing for the increased attention. Corporate tax directors expect many state legislatures — particularly California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and Massachusetts — to be very aggressive in their efforts to close budget gaps through additional corporate taxation and tax enforcement (see charts at the end of this article).

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