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Can California come up with a plan to avoid the new cap on state and local tax deductions?




California State Senator Kevin de Leon delivers a speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
California State Senator Kevin de Leon delivers a speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The GOP tax plan puts a new federal cap on state and local tax deductions that affects Californians who itemize deductions – but now California Democrats are developing a new proposal that would allow Californians to work their way around the limit.

The idea being floated by California Senate President pro tempore Kevin de León is for Californians to be able to donate to the state instead of paying their income taxes, and claiming the donation as a federal charitable deduction.

We discuss the merits and drawbacks of the idea.

Guests:

Kevin de León, California State Senator and Senate President pro tempore; he represents California’s 24th Senate district, which includes East Los Angeles, much of downtown, Eagle Rock, and parts of Los Feliz

Dan Walters, long-time CA politics observer with CALmatters, a nonprofit public interest publication

Edward McCaffery, professor of law, economics and political science at USC; he analyzes tax policy

Susan Shelley, vice president of communications for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association and a columnist and a member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group

Kirk Stark, professor of tax law and policy at UCLA School of Law; he is advising Democrats in California on the proposal