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California Income Data

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Three of the most widely used measures of income are:

  1. BEA's measure of personal income

    Personal income is income received by persons from all sources. It includes income received from participation in production as well as from government and business transfer payments. It is the sum of compensation of employees (received), supplements to wages and salaries, proprietors' income with inventory valuation adjustment (IVA) and capital consumption adjustment, rental income of persons with CCAdj, personal income receipts on assets, and personal current transfer receipts, less contributions for government social insurance.

    Annual Personal Income from the 1950s, California and U.S.
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  2. Census Bureau's measure of money income

    Money income consists of income in cash and its equivalents that is received by individuals, and it excludes employer contributions to government employee retirement plans and to private health and pension funds, lump-sum payments except those received as part of earnings, certain in-kind transfer payments-such as medicaid, medicare, and food stamps-and imputed income. Money income includes, but personal income excludes, contributions for social insurance, retirement income from government employee retirement plans and from private pensions and annuities, and income from interpersonal transfers, such as child support. Link to data American Community Survey

  3. Internal Revenue Service's measure of
    adjusted gross income (AGI) of individuals

    Federal AGI consists of the taxable income of individuals who filed a Federal income tax return. It includes, but personal income excludes, contributions for social insurance, gains and losses on the sale of assets, and retirement income from government employee retirement plans and from private pensions and annuities. AGI excludes, but personal income includes, the income of the recipients of taxable incomes who, legally or illegally, did not file an individual tax return.

    California AGI

    To determine federal AGI, taxpayers must subtract federal adjustments from federal income. Once the taxpayer's federal AGI has been determined, California adjustments, both additions and subtractions, are made to federal AGI to determine the California AGI. To access California personal income tax statistics, download the Annual Reports from: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/aboutftb/plans_reports.shtml

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