Amended in Assembly February 12, 2015

Amended in Assembly February 4, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 43

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(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Levine)

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(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Alejo, Bonilla, Bonta, Chiu, Dodd, and Lopez)

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bloom, Chau, Gonzalez, Roger Hernández, Mullin, O’Donnell, and Rendon)

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December 1, 2014

An act to add Section 17052.1 to the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, to take effect immediately, tax levy.


AB 43, as amended, begin deleteMark Stoneend delete begin insertMark Stoneend insert. Personal income taxes: credit: earned income.

The Personal Income Tax Law allows various credits against the taxes imposed by that law, including certain credits that are allowed in modified conformity to credits allowed by federal income tax laws. Federal income tax laws allow a refundable earned income tax credit for certain low-income individuals who have earned income and who meet certain other requirements.

This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, in modified conformity with federal income tax laws, would allow an earned income credit to an eligible individual that is equal to specified percentages of the earned income tax credit allowed by federal law. The bill would provide that in those years in which an appropriation is made by the Legislature, the credit would be refundable. The bill would also make findings and declarations.

This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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The Legislature finds and declares all of the

3(a) In its Supplemental Poverty Measure report for the year
42013, released in October 2014, the United States Census Bureau
5reported California’s rate of poverty to be 23.4 percent. This rate
6is the highest among all 50 states.

7(b) Using census data released in September 2014, the California
8Budget Project (CBP) reported that the economic recovery from
9the Great Recession has largely bypassed low- and middle-income
10Californians, with the bottom three-fifths of the income distribution
11experiencing stagnating income gains. This is contrasted with the
12top one-fifth of the income distribution experiencing gains of 52.4
13 percent.

14(c) A briefing on poverty released by the CBP in August 2014
15reports that 67 percent of families living in poverty were supported
16by one or more workers in 2012. Given that the majority of families
17living in poverty are working families in California, it is evident
18that poverty largely reflects low-paying jobs, not the absence of

20(d) In California, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC),
21in collaboration with the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality,
22has developed the California Poverty Measure (CPM), which
23underscores the role of California’s social safety net, amount which
24includes the CalFresh Program, CalWORKs, and the federal Earned
25Income Tax Credit (EITC), in mitigating poverty.

26(e) Using data from 2011, a PPIC report on the CPM released
27in October 2013, reveals that 22 percent of Californians, 8.1 million
28people, lived in poverty. A comparison of CPM rates by county
29show that the three most populous counties, Los Angeles County,
30San Diego County, and Orange County, all had rates above the
P3    1statewide CPM at 26.9 percent, 22.7 percent, and 24.3 percent,

3(f) The CPM rate for children statewide for children, those under
4the age of 18, was 25.1 percent, the highest rate of any age group.
5This amounts to 2.3 million of California’s children living in

7(g) Without need-based safety net programs and resources, over
830 percent of Californians would be living in poverty. begin deleteThe end delete
9begin insertAccording to the CPM, the end insertabsence of the safety net would increase
10the poverty rate among California’s children to 39 percent
11begin delete according to the CPMend delete.

12(h) Refundable tax credits, including the federal EITC, reduced
13the poverty rate in California by 3.2 percent overall. Among
14children, the poverty rate reduction was 6 percent. This means that
15560,000 fewer children and 600,000 fewer working-age adults,
161.16 million people fewer in total, are living in poverty when
17refundable tax credits are accounted for in the CPM.

18(i) According to the National Conference of State Legislatures,
1925 states in the country and the District of Columbia, provide an
20EITC in addition to the federal EITC. California does not currently
21have a state EITC.

22(j) A Brookings Institution report issued in January 2003, shows
23that in addition to boosting the family incomes of families in
24poverty, state EITC refunds served as an important economic
25stimulus for the communities and regions of the families by
26magnifying the impact of the federal EITC overall.


SEC. 2.  

Section 17052.1 is added to the Revenue and Taxation
, to read:



For each taxable year beginning on or after January
301, 2016, there shall be allowed a credit against the “net tax,” as
31defined by Section 17039, for the taxable year, an amount
32determined in accordance with Section 32 of the Internal Revenue
33Code, as amended by Section 1002(a) of Public Law 111-5, as
34amended by Section 219(a)(2) of Public Law 111-226, as amended
35by Section 103(c) of Public Law 111-312, and as amended by
36Section 103(c) of Public Law 112-240, as amended by Section
37206(a) of Public Law 113-295, relating to earned income, except
38as follows:

P4    1(a) (1) For an eligible individual who has at least one qualifying
2child under five years of age, the credit amount shall be equal to
3the federal earned income credit amount multiplied by 35 percent.

4(2) For an eligible individual who does not have a qualifying
5child, the credit amount shall be equal to the federal earned income
6credit amount multiplied by 60 percent.

7(3) For any other eligible individual who does not meet the
8requirements of paragraph (1) or (2), the credit amount shall be
9equal to the federal earned income credit amount multiplied by 15

11(b) If the amount allowable as a credit under this section exceeds
12the tax liability computed under this part for the taxable year, the
13excess shall be credited against other amounts due, if any, and the
14balance, if any, shall, upon appropriation by the Legislature, be
15refunded to the qualified taxpayer.

16(c) Any amounts refunded to a taxpayer pursuant to this section
17shall not be included in income subject to tax under this part.

18(d) Notwithstanding any other law, amounts refunded pursuant
19to this section shall be treated in the same manner as the federal
20earned income refund for the purpose of determining eligibility to
21receive benefits under Division 9 (commencing with Section
2210000) of the Welfare and Institutions Code or amounts of those

24(e) This section is notwithstanding Section 41.


SEC. 3.  

This act provides for a tax levy within the meaning of
26Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect.


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