The California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District ruled that the franchise fee, including a surcharge imposed by electric utility Southern California Edison (SCE) on its customers in Santa Barbara, pursuant to SCE’s agreement with the city, was not a tax requiring voter approval under Proposition 218. Dating back to 1959, SCE has had franchise

In this episode of the SALT Shaker Podcast policy series, host and Eversheds Sutherland Partner Nikki Dobay is joined by Rob Gutierrez, President and CEO of the California Taxpayers Association (CalTax).

Rob provides an overview of CalTax and its mission, and then expands the discussion to California’s latest legislative session and how it was

In a world and state already riddled with uncertainty, California holds a recall election. Through it all, however, taxes remain a constant.

On September 15, join Eversheds Sutherland attorneys Tim Gustafson and Eric Coffill as they cover key tax events that occurred in California during the first three quarters of 2021 and how the recall

On July 26, 2021, a California Court of Appeal in the state’s First Appellate District affirmed a San Francisco trial court’s grant of summary judgment for the City, holding that the California Constitution’s requirement that local taxes be approved by a two-thirds supermajority vote only constrains local government entities, and does not apply to taxes

On May 18, the California Office of Tax Appeals (“OTA”) issued a pending precedential decision holding that community income derived from nonqualified stock options (“NQSOs”) and restricted stock units (“RSUs”) granted to a resident in exchange for services performed exclusively in California and vested while a California resident is taxable California source income to a

A three-judge panel of California’s Office of Tax Appeals (“OTA”) issued a precedential decision ruling that taxpayers remained domiciled in and residents of California at the time they sold their aviation business despite renting an apartment in Nevada prior to purchasing a home in the same area.

At the time of the sale, the taxpayers

On June 4, 2021, the California Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) held its sixth interested parties meeting (“IPM”) to discuss the latest proposed amendments to FTB’s market-based sourcing regulation, Cal. Code Regs., Title 18, Section 25136-2.  At the IPM, FTB staff provided an explanation of the newly-proposed regulation language, which includes:

  1. A definition of “asset

On Friday, June 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. PST, the California Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) will hold its sixth interested parties meeting (“IPM”) to discuss its latest proposed amendments to the market-based sourcing regulation, Cal. Code Regs., Title 18, Section 25136-2. At the IPM, FTB will discuss and solicit public input on the newly-proposed regulation

On May 20, 2021, California AB 71 was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill will now head to an Assembly floor vote within the next two weeks.  Please see our previous post here for more information on AB 71’s proposed corporate tax increases, including the inclusion of GILTI and repatriation income of affiliated