Report 2015-127 All Recommendation Responses

Report 2015-127: Corporate Income Tax Expenditures: The State's Regular Evaluation of Corporate Income Tax Expenditures Would Improve Their Efficiency and Effectiveness (Release Date: April 2016)

Recommendation for Legislative Action

To increase oversight of existing and future tax expenditures through the use of best practices, the Legislature should consider enacting a joint legislative rule requiring specific goals, purposes, and objectives as well as detailed performance indicators for all tax expenditure types, including elections and exemptions.

Description of Legislative Action

Legislation has not been introduced to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation for Legislative Action

To increase oversight of existing and future tax expenditures through the use of best practices, the Legislature should consider enacting a joint legislative rule to require sunset dates for all future tax expenditures.

Description of Legislative Action

Legislation has not been introduced to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation for Legislative Action

To increase oversight of existing and future tax expenditures through the use of best practices, the Legislature should consider enacting a law requiring a state entity to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of all tax expenditures and develop conclusions and recommendations to continue, modify, or repeal each of them. The state entity should have the necessary resources and a reasonable time frame for analysis.

Description of Legislative Action

Legislation has not been introduced to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation for Legislative Action

To increase oversight of existing and future tax expenditures through the use of best practices, the Legislature should consider enacting a joint legislative rule requiring a legislative body to consider the state entity's conclusions to aid it in developing recommendations to continue, modify, or repeal every tax expenditure.

Description of Legislative Action

Legislation has not been introduced to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation for Legislative Action

To ensure that the research and development (R&D) credit is effectively fulfilling its purpose, the Legislature should consider commissioning a study on the cost-effectiveness of the R&D credit for stimulating additional R&D activity or new jobs within the State, including an impact analysis on how the credit affects the state economy. The study should also define performance metrics for use in subsequent reports.

Description of Legislative Action

The Legislature has not taken action to address this recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation for Legislative Action

To ensure that the minimum franchise tax exemption is effectively fulfilling its purpose, the Legislature should consider commissioning an evaluation of it to determine if it is effectively encouraging business formation within the State.

Description of Legislative Action

Assembly Bill 1432 (Melendez) would have required the California State University' s Center for California Studies to conduct research on the impact of the minimum franchise tax and annual tax on businesses. This bill failed passage in the Assembly.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Legislation Proposed But Not Enacted


Recommendation for Legislative Action

To improve the effectiveness of the water's edge election, the Legislature should consider modifying it to include tax havens within the water's edge and thus subject to state tax apportionment.

Description of Legislative Action

Legislation has not been introduced to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation for Legislative Action

To improve the effectiveness of the water's edge election, the Legislature should consider making it mandatory and require all multinational corporations to exclude foreign income, except tax havens, from state tax apportionment.

Description of Legislative Action

Legislation has not been introduced to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation for Legislative Action

To improve the effectiveness of the low-income housing credit, the Legislature should consider allowing low-income housing developers to sell project credits to investors in a manner that reduces the federal tax implications for investors who claim the credit.

Description of Legislative Action

Legislation has not been introduced to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation for Legislative Action

If not otherwise addressed by the LAO's planned report on the film and television credit, the Legislature should commission a study to determine how to limit instances in which the credit benefits projects that would have filmed in the state without it.

Description of Legislative Action

This issue was addressed in the September 29, 2016 Legislative Analyst's Office Report "California's First Film Tax Credit Program".

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: No Longer Necessary


All Recommendations in 2015-127

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.