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California's 'Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act' Resulted in Less Transparency, Fairness for Taxpayers: New at Reason

Now it's clear that gutting the state's old tax agency was bad for taxpayers.

Ingram Publishing/NewscomIngram Publishing/NewscomIt's a rule of thumb. One should always expect the opposite result of whatever any government agency promises. The War on Poverty created a permanent underclass that perpetuated poverty throughout generations. The War on Drugs did much to erode our civil liberties, but mainly has emboldened the drug cartel. The examples go on and on.

That brings us to California's taxing authorities. After scandals at the Board of Equalization—the Orwellian-named agency that had collected sales, use and special taxes—the Legislature gutted it and largely replaced its functions with two new bureaucracies. The 2017 legislation was called the Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act.

As you might have guessed, since its implementation a few months ago, the state's tax proceedings have become less transparent and less fair to taxpayers, writes Steven Greenhut.

Read the whole thing.

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