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Proposed corporate tax hike in California could drive more businesses to Texas

Posted by USFC Team on Apr 24, 2018 2:58:39 AM

An attempt by California politicians to raise the state’s corporate income tax rate will drive more businesses from the Golden State to Dallas-Fort Worth and other locales with similarly business-friendly laws and policies, a top site selection consultant and researcher predicts.

“I’ve got to tell you this has just caused an uproar out here,” Joseph Vranich, president of Irvine, California-based Spectrum Location Solutions, told the Dallas Business Journal in an interview Monday. “If anything is representative of cruel and oppressive treatment, this has reached new levels.”

Vranich was referring to an attempt led by Democratic State Assembly members in California to raise the state’s business taxes in response to President Trump’s federal tax overhaul.

The measure would more than double the state’s corporate income tax rate, giving California the nation’s highest rate of 18.84 percent, up from the current rate of 8.84 percent. The legislators who sponsored the California amendment characterized it as “middle class tax justice” and argued that, given federal cuts in the corporate tax rates, businesses could afford to pay more in California taxes.

The proposed California rate would be three times the current median rate nationwide. It would raise corporate taxes on California companies with revenues higher than $1 million. The state tax hike would be for an amount equivalent to half what they received from the federal tax cut.

Vranich in November 2015 released research indicating roughly 9,000 California companies moved their headquarters or diverted projects to out-of-state locations in the prior seven years, and most of those went to Texas.

Vranich said he hasn’t updated the number of California move-outs since the 2015 report, but he senses growing dissatisfaction in the phone calls he gets from companies considering a move.

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Topics: Taxes, Texas, Corporate Tax, California

New tax law makes Dallas even stronger draw

Posted by USFC Team on Feb 4, 2018 11:54:54 AM
The rich will get richer, thanks to the new tax law, and Texas will become an even better destination.
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Topics: Dallas, Taxes, California, New York

Meet The Guy Recruiting Californians to Move to Texas

Posted by USFC Team on Jul 18, 2017 2:20:24 PM

Just before he was turfed out of his Tennessee congressional seat in 1836, Davy Crockett famously told his constituents that, should they not reelect him, they “might go to hell, and I would go to Texas.” Failed California congressional candidate Paul Chabot has made a similar move, even if his rationale isn’t as coarse.

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Topics: Texas, California

Texas emerges as top destination for Californians fleeing state

Posted by David Gunderson on Aug 31, 2015 4:04:25 PM

Californians fled the state in unprecedented numbers over the last decade, and their primary destination was Texas, according to an analysis issued Monday.

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Topics: California, Investment, Migration

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