When I lived in California the second time, they had a back door tax on the military stationed there. They could not hit the military with the income tax but if your spouse worked in California they had to pay the income tax. The back door was to calculate the tax bracket based on both incomes (military and civilian) and use the higher bracket to calculate the taxes for the civilian.I was living and working in California when jimmah carter was Pres. Between the fed and state taxes, I worked Monday, Tuesday, and half of Wednesday to pay all the income taxes. How wonderful it was of them to let me have some of my earnings. As soon as I could afford it I got out of there and never will go back even for a visit. Property taxes we can live with.