Sly tax rate shift

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  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 17, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    If the unemployment is so low, it seems that there would be a lot of people paying taxes.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2014 6:32 a.m.

    This sounds suspiciously like a tax scheme we have lived with for decades, namely the municipal franchise tax, which is typically 6% of one's bills for utility service. As the utility rates go up, so does the tax--like magic. No muss, no fuss, no hearings, no opportunity to contest it, and nobody even notices. What could be sweeter? Just a windfall for the municipalities who rely on it, and they all do. Thank goodness the law caps it at 6%. The only upside is that it adds an incentive to reduce energy consumption, not only to reduce your energy bill, but to reduce your tax bill as well. But leave it to the ingenuity of municipal authorities to figure out how to tax the energy you generate through those solar panels, as they become more and more ubiquitous. Kind of like the legislature's parallel effort to tax electric vehicles for road maintenance expense. They'll get you one way or another.