When one thinks of tax fraud in California, one might think of someone hiding assets in an offshore account and not claiming the interest or dividends. Or one might think of a drug dealer or other nefarious character that does not file tax returns but drives a late model car. One probably does not think of the common everyday state worker collecting fees for documents or a Fish and Game employee collecting bribes.
It is impossible to turn on the cable news or the radio in San Francisco, or go online without reading, seeing or hearing about the fiscal cliff. There are just two weeks planned for Congress to be in session and the future is still murky.
The taxes paid by those of us in California are a conglomeration owed to the state and federal government plus local municipalities. Those who follow the old saying that there is nothing so sure as death and taxes, may not have looked at the last California ballot with its multiple propositions.
California is in competition with other states. We want the smartest children to come to our colleges. We would like people to buy our oranges rather than Florida's. And we are rightfully proud of Silicon Valley's reputation, Hollywood's entertainment value and our beautiful national parks.