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Tax Foundation President predicts federal tax reforms in near future

Tax Foundation President predicts federal tax reforms in near future by Howard Stephenson Positive federal tax reform may be on the horizon regardless of who the next U.S. President is, according to Scott Hodge, President of the Washington-based Tax Foundation.Hodge argues that the next President and Congress will have to deal with the collision of […]

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Property Taxes: Utah vs. California

by Howard Stephenson This summer, the Utah Legislature’s Interim Revenue and Taxation Committee will be discussing acquisition-based valuation for property tax purposes. Acquisition-based valuation is a fundamental component of California’s Proposition 13, which California voters passed in 1978. Utah currently uses fair market valuation in which property valuations are based on current assessments by the […]

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Utah’s Tax Burden Increases but Ranking Improves

by Howard Stephenson Utah’s total tax and fee burden as percent of personal income increased from 15.76% in FY2005 (revised) to 16.08% in FY2006. Utah’s ranking, however, improved from 5th highest to 8th highest. Excluding fees, Utah’s tax burden, 11.34%, ranks 20^th , and is just slightly above the national average of 11.24%. When all […]

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Utah K-12 per student expenditures increase a whopping 7.3% in FY2007

by Howard Stephenson It’s election year for the legislature and school boards and if voters listen to claims of some, they would believe that the Utah legislature has been stingy with funding for education, that spending per student falls further and further behind inflation, leaving Utah school districts with little choice but to trim spending […]

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Action-packed conference to focus on outcomes of recent Utah legislature, future economic issues

by Howard Stephenson On May 13, the Utah Taxpayers Association will host our annual “Taxes Now” conference at Salt Lake’s Little America Hotel. The packed agenda will include Utah’s most influential policy leaders outline the impact of the 2008 Legislature’s decisions that affect business, the economy, and taxes, and preview the key issues Utah faces […]

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Municipal telecom in Provo takes a turn for the better – UTOPIA should follow suit

by Howard Stephenson Last week Provo Mayor Lewis Billings announced the sale of its municipal telecom system iProvo to Broadweave.  The news out of Provo is heartening, especially to those who understand that government should stay out of the business of business. With the pending sale of iProvo to Broadweave, municipal telecom in Utah is […]

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