SDMAC to Release Report on Exempting California Military Retiree Pay from State Taxation
May 11, 2018

SDMAC to Release Report on Exempting California Military Retiree Pay from State Taxation

Contact:  Jack Chirrick, (619) 228-4684

SDMAC to Release Report on Exempting California Military Retiree Pay from State Taxation

WHAT:           Announcement of study and Q & A with Chief Economist Lynn Reaser, PhD, CBE

WHEN:           May 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. PST

WHERE:        The Veterans Memorial Museum at Balboa Park, 2115 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The San Diego Military Advisory Council will release a report titled “Ending the Taxation of Military Retiree Pay in California” this Friday during a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Museum at Balboa Park.  The study for the report, which was conducted by the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, revealed that the elimination of state tax on military retiree pay in 2016 would have led to an increase in state and local revenue of $18.4 million.

”The results of this study, which was produced in partnership with the California Governor’s Military Council, provide important details that support Assemblymember Bill Brough’s bill, AB 2394 that seeks to incentivize more veterans to live in California by exempting their retirement pay from state income tax,” said Randy Bogle, Executive Director of SDMAC. 

California is one of only nine states, including Georgia, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia, to fully tax military retirement pay.  Ten states partially tax military retiree pensions and 31 states fully exempt military retiree pay from taxation.  By joining these 31 states, California would likely see additional economic benefits beyond state and local government revenue growth to include additional tax on post military retirement careers, gross state product, and total business sales.

Copies of the report will be distributed at the press conference or can be downloaded from the SDMAC web site at after Friday.    

SDMAC was founded in 2004 with the mission to facilitate and advance the partnership between the military, elected officials, civic leaders, and the business community in order to enhance the understanding of the military’s many contributions to the San Diego region. Annually, SDMAC commissions an economic impact study showing the considerable benefits from defense-related spending and presence of the military in San Diego.

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