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Taxpayer Tools

How to Defeat Local Sales Tax

Find out what your city officials DON’T want you to know about challenging and defeating local sales tax initiatives.

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How to Repeal an Existing City Tax

Learn how to place an initiative measure on your local ballot to repeal an existing city tax, how to work with officials and more.

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How to Defeat Local Prop. 39 Bonds

Under Prop. 39, it is now easier to pass local education bonds and pass on the costs to homeowners. Here are ways you can fight back.

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How to Defeat Local Parcel Taxes

Parcel Taxes are a sneaky way for local governments to get around Prop. 13 when they want to raise your taxes. Don’t let it happen!

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How to Stop Illegal Government Spending

Taxpayer funds cannot be used for political purposes, such as local bond measures. Use these form letters to put a stop to it.

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How to Request Public Records

To make an official request for information under the California Public Records Act, you can use this form letter prepared by HJTA.

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How to Form a Local Taxpayer Group

This downloadable handbook by HJTA explains in detail how to plan, organize and operate your own local taxpayer group.

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How to Form a Political Action Committee

This page provides a link to the website of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), which regulates PACs.

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How to Contact Your Elected Representatives

Find the name, phone, e-mail and address of your state and federal representatives, and use our letter templates to contact them.

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Resolution in Support of Proposition 13

Feel free to use the text of this resolution when contacting your state representatives on behalf of your local taxpayer group.

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How to Find Your Local Sales Tax Rate

Sales tax varies from city to city in California. HJTA can help you find the specific rate that you pay where you live and shop.

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