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L.A. Mansion Tax Revenue

The mansion tax in California went into effect on April 1, 2023. The mansion tax is a form of property tax that is imposed on high-value residential properties. These properties are typically above a certain threshold value. This tax is generally designed to target luxury homes, those that are typically referred to as “mansions,” to get additional revenue for government services or to diminish wealth inequality. Properties exceeding a specific threshold are subject to the tax. The tax rate often increases as the property value rises. These thresholds and rates vary depending on location and jurisdiction.

Advocates of the mansion tax argue that it promotes fairness by requiring wealthier homeowners to contribute more to society. They also argue that this tax will discourage speculative investment in luxury real estate and encourage the development of more affordable housing.

                Critics of this tax say that this tax penalizes homeowners for their success and could discourage investment in high-value properties, potentially crushing economic growth and development. Critics are also saying that the effectiveness of the mansion tax will not achieve the purpose of the tax by being sufficient enough to successfully impact public services or address wealth inequality.

Now a year later, the mansion tax in Los Angeles has made $215 million. This revenue has been used around the city for affordable housing for those who cannot afford it themselves. However, this revenue falls considerably shy of the revenue that was promised. The amount promised by the ULA assured voters that they could generate between $600 million to $1.1 billion annually by enacting this new mansion tax.

Therefore, the efficacy and longevity of this tax remain to be observed in the coming years. For more information, please contact The Center for Financial, Legal, & Tax Planning Inc. professionals at (618) 997-3436.


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