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My Corner: Utah’s 51st Rank in Spending Per Student – A Flawed Metric

In recent years many Utah legislators have reported on their experience at national conventions when a speaker asks whose state spends less per student on public education than any other. Legislators representing several states claim theirs is the lowest. Sometimes arguments ensue between legislators representing Idaho, Arizona, Oklahoma, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Nevada, and even […]

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Tax Task Force Begins Weighing Options, Including Reducing the Income Tax

After eight town halls across Utah, the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force began to weigh its options in August. Your Taxpayers Association attended seven of those town halls and is participating in all remaining Task Force meetings.  In its August 19 public meeting  it was obvious Task Force members were taking their work very […]

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How Utah Can Get An “A” on the COST Sales Tax Scorecard COST Warns Against Tax Pyramiding

Members of the Utah Legislature and Utah business leaders heard a presentation on the impact of tax pyramiding from members of the national Council on State Taxation (COST). Mr. Carl Freidan, Vice President and General Counsel, and Nikki Dobay, Senior Tax Counsel focused their presentation on four separate areas. The Principles of a Good Consumption […]

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Second Quarter Remote Sales Tax Revenue Estimates Are In – How Are the Numbers Shaking Out?

Your Utah Taxpayers Association recently received the second quarter data from the Utah State Tax Commission for new revenue coming into the state from the collection of sales tax from remote sales. Since January 1, 2019, larger remote sellers to Utah consumers should be collecting and remitting sales tax after the United States Supreme Court […]

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Are Your Taxes Increasing? 57 Local Governments are Looking to Increase Your Property Taxes

Every June, cities and school districts, along with a few special service districts, prepare their budget for the new fiscal year and consider whether to increase property taxes. Under Utah’s Truth-in-Taxation law, they can accept the certified tax rate which guarantees the same property tax revenue as last year, plus property taxes generated from new […]

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‘Don’t Tax Me; Don’t Tax Thee; Tax the Fellow Behind the Tree’

‘Don’t Tax Me; Don’t Tax Thee; Tax the Fellow Behind the Tree’

The quote in the title comes from legendary U.S. Senator Russell Long (D-LA), who served for 15 years as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and had first-hand experience what members of Utah’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force are going through. Last week they concluded their town hall meeting tour of the state.  Your […]

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