(The Center Square) – California residents of all ages and income are moving to more tax-friendly climates, and they take billions of dollars in annual income with them.
The Internal Revenue Service recently released its latest taxpayer migration figures for the 2018 and 2019 tax years. They reflect migrant taxpayers who filed in another state or county between 2017 and 2018, including 8 million l ‘did during this period.
California, the most populous state in the country, has lost more filers and dependents on the net than any other state.
Minus inbound filers, California lost 165,355 net filers and dependents between the two tax years, representing a loss of $ 8.8 billion in adjusted gross net income.
Texas was the top destination for California expats, with 72,306 total exemptions leaving to get there. Neighboring Arizona saw a total of 53,476 filing exemptions from California. The two states saw their gross revenues increase by $ 3.4 billion and $ 2.2 billion, respectively.
Despite the annual losses, the Golden State is still the most populous in the country and enjoys a diverse economy that attracts high incomes who are more likely to afford what has become some of the most expensive cities in the country to live in.
Brandon Ristoff, a political analyst at the California Policy Center, reacted to the numbers Thursday, saying the new IRS numbers reflect the exodus of residents they saw on the ground.
“Billions of dollars of this state’s wealth have been sacked year after year from our great state, because of bad California policies on the economy, education and more,” he said. “California was a place where everyone wanted to live, but now California has become a place where people want to go.”
Local officials in states that see perennial population losses and slow growth indicate retirees are moving to better climates. Annual IRS figures show that taxpayers under 35 accounted for less than a third of all returns (28.4%) but more than half of all migrant returns (52.9%).
Although not all residents are taxpayers, US Census Bureau figures follow IRS estimates.
From July 2019 to July 2020, the Census Bureau estimated that 135,000 more people left the state than they moved in. California’s lukewarm growth will result in the loss of a member of the United States House of Representatives after a reallocation later this year. This is a first for the state.