Sonora, CA — It is Tax Day, and Board of Equalization member George Runner points out that Tax Freedom Day is coming up April 30.
Tax Freedom Day signifies the average amount of work time it takes to pay off your yearly tax bill. The nationwide average is April 24, but in California it is April 30.
Runner, whose Board of Equalization District covers the Mother Lode, claims, “California’s complicated and oppressive tax system continues to make life hard.” States whose Tax Freedom Day comes later than California includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
The traditional Tax Day typically falls on April 15, but Friday was Emancipation Day, commemorating the signing of the Emancipation Act by President Abraham Lincoln. Employees in the Washington, DC metro area had the day off, delaying the deadline for this year’s tax filings.