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California’s Tax Revenue History, 1970-71 to 2014-15

About This Visualization

California’s tax structure has changed significantly since 1970-71. To finance its spending, the state budget currently relies heavily on personal income tax receipts. As sales, corporation, vehicle licensing, and gas taxes and fees have become less prominent revenue sources, the state has shifted more of the burden to personal income. In fact, in 2012-13, personal income’s portion of total revenue peaked at 55.6%. In 1983-84, personal income’s share of the revenues surpasses sales tax’s share for the first time.

This data visualization presents California’s revenue history from 1970-71 to 2014-15. Each line represents a type of tax. The three red lines represent the three largest tax sources during the period – sales, personal income, and corporation. The left chart displays the total amount (in dollars) that each tax generated per year. The right chart displays each tax type’s share of the total taxes collected per year.

To focus only on certain taxes, select the type(s) from the dropdown menu on the bottom left. To adjust the figures for inflation, select “yes” from the menu on the bottom right. To focus only on certain years, drag the handles on the slider at the bottom of the visualization. Hover your mouse over any point on any line to view detailed dollar amounts and percentages.


Data Source: California Department of Finance. Schedule 3: Comparative Yield of State Taxes, 1970-71 Through 2014-15. http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/2014-15/pdf/BudgetSummary/BS_SCH3.pdf.

CACS is not responsible for the accuracy of data received from outside sources. Please email us at [email protected] if you believe you have found an error in the visualization.

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