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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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Not all Property Valuation Notices Are Created Equal – Notices Can Vary Wildly Between Counties

This time of the year property owners receive their annual “Notice of Property Valuation and Tax Changes” in the mail. Unfortunately, these notices can be unclear and difficult to understand, and in some cases even leave those with strong math skills scratching their heads. The notices differ depending on the county issuing them and sometimes […]

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Cannon’s Canon: FY2019 Numbers Are In – Sales Tax Grows Faster Than Inflation and Population Growth

The final “Utah State Tax Commission Monthly Revenue Summary” (also known as the TC-23 Report) for fiscal year 2019 was published in July, essentially closing the books on this fiscal year as far as revenue the State of Utah collects. For those that aren’t familiar with it, the report  details the amounts the State is […]

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