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College admissions scandal should not affect the tax payer

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) is focused on making the California tax payer whole with new proposed legislation.

With the constant evolution of criminals and their actions of preying upon other Californians, the legislature should respond in a manner that is just as sure and swift for the public.

“California taxpayers should not be unwitting donors to criminal actions of bribery and tax evasion,” said Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. “My bill will prohibit such deductions, and will go after those who have already been able to profit from these illicit tax deductions.”

The measure brought to the Assembly, removes the ability of those involved in providing these payoffs, to be able to recover a portion of the bribe from California taxpayers by means of a tax deduction. Deceit and bribery have no place in our college admissions process.

AB 136- Fraudulent Tax Write-Offs (Quirk-Silva) states, Any Taxpayer named in the Complaint (Criminal Complaint 19-Cr-10081, US District Court of Massachusetts or subsequent complaint) who is later found to have violated any offense found in Title 19, United States Code, may not deduct from their taxable state income otherwise qualified charitable donations to a foundation or non-profit entity, found to be involved in the stated criminal activity. If the taxpayer has been charged and either pled guilty or found to be guilty of the above named criminal complaint, and previously deducted the income from their state taxes, they must refund the money and/or pay a fine.

The legislative package bill will attempt to create college admission reform and prevent scandals of this magnitude from being replicated.

This article was released by the Office of Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.