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Download the flyer

Click the button below to download the flyer, and share this important information with your friends and neighbors.

Wanted: your public comment

Between now and September 27, the attorney general is seeking public comments on this initiative. We encourage you to add your voice by writing a public comment. In your own words, be sure to include these key points: We must repeal the death tax. It is wrong to hit children with a devastating tax increase that forces them to sell family property when parents pass away. State law should allow people to keep the properties their parents worked hard to acquire.

Contact your state representatives

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Volunteer to collect signatures

Sign up now to help gather signatures for an initiative that will restore ability of parents to transfer property to their children without an increase in property taxes upon their deaths. When petitions are ready, volunteers will receive flyers, imprinted pens, banners, petitions and complete instructions. Sign up now so you can receive your materials and hit the ground running right away.

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Send a letter to the editor

Use the tool below to find contact information for a newspaper in your community. You can send the sample letter, or tell your own story about how Prop. 19 will impact your family. Letters to the editor are generally best kept to about 200 words in length and should be signed with your name, city and contact phone or email.

Sample letter: 

To the editor,

Proposition 19 had a little-noticed provision in it that will cause families to have to sell homes and small businesses that parents had hoped to pass on to their children. Prop. 19 repealed Proposition 58, which was placed on the ballot in 1986 by a unanimous vote of the Legislature, then passed with the approval of over 75% of state voters. Prop. 58 protected family properties from reassessment when transferred between parents and children. Without it, property will be reassessed to market value when it is passed to children, and the property taxes will be sharply higher. This will force many families to sell properties, including small family businesses, after parents worked so hard for so many years to pay for them. 

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed an initiative to repeal the changes that Prop. 19 made to the intergenerational transfer and restore the law back to the way it was before. To further protect families, the measure adds an adjustment for inflation to the exclusion from reassessment for a limited amount of other property in addition to the primary residence.

To get this initiative on the ballot, HJTA needs our help. Find out how at: HJTA.org/RepealTheDeathTax. 

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