March 29, 2017

Another proposal to eliminate tax deductions for punitive damages in California (SB 66)

Under current law, a business that is ordered to pay a punitive damages award can take a tax deduction for that payment, as a business expense.  In recent years it has become an annual ritual for state and federal legislators to propose bills to eliminate such deductions.

In keeping with that trend, California senator Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, has introduced SB 66.  The bill was approved by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee last week and is set for a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 3.

We will keep an eye on this proposal, but so far we haven't seen any reason to believe that the California legislature will approve this bill after rejecting similar proposals repeatedly in the past.

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