Audit: Utahns undertaxed $100M since 2006

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  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    July 21, 2014 6:58 a.m.

    When property value went down our property tax in Ut. went up all the other states property taxes went with the value not Ut.

  • Burnham Bountiful, Utah
    July 16, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    I don't believe this. I think the large corporations don't want to pay their fair share and are using the state to exact their portion from taxpayers. Our property taxes are too high now and we are constantly hearing about the schools and teachers when over half our property taxes already go to those entities. Putting more money into the schools and teachers will not fix a problem that is not money driven. Schools need to become more competetive and teachers need to become better at what they do to fix the Utah school problem. Money will not fix what is wrong with Utah schools. I and my husband are elderly and on a fixed income and cannot afford any higher taxes on our property. When is Utah going to do something for the elderly on property taxes? I have asked my legislators and nothing is being done to match what other states are doing for their elderly. Equity is needed here. We cannot pay what working people and corporations pay because we have no increase in our income but continue to have medicines go up, food go up,gas prices going up and now property taxes. HELP!!!!

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    If we have been undertaxed and still balanced the budget. It should be a no brainer to keep these lower taxes.

    Or pass a law that the money collected, pays off old debt and can only be used to create a savings/rain day fund account that is very strict on how it can be used.

    We need to keep grubby politician hands and special interest groups out of our pockets.

  • aghast SYRACUSE, UT
    July 15, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    Sure seems to me that my property taxes have done their share to fund local, county and state government. They have not gone down, even when the valuation of my domicile went down - my taxes went up. Now when the value recovers - up even more. Yes there is more than one way to get for rather than 2 + 2. If the value is 1 you add 3 to get four - if your value is low - just adjust the mil levy to keep taxes up. If your value is high - don't adjust the mil levy - just collect the larger amount - right?

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    July 15, 2014 3:02 p.m.

    "Utahns undertaxed $100M since 2006"

    No, no. I think Utahans would claim they're overtaxes.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    July 15, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    Re: "Utahns undertaxed $100M . . . ."

    Yeah, anytime a bloated, unaccountable government filches from us a nickel less than it wants and demands, citizens are accused of being "undertaxed."

    When will a biased, left-leaning media run the truth -- governments overspend. It's there nature. It's what they're designed to do. And they do it very, very well.

    If feckless bureaucrats unintentionally give real people a break, it should be called victory for the little guy.

    And celebrated.

  • GK Willington Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 12:56 p.m.

    re: Capsaicin

    "5. Utahn's are NOT under-taxed."

    Agreed. I got a decent return from the IRS this past yr but had to pay a few hundred to the state. Don't even get me started about the formulas used on the TC40; its like a game of chutes and ladders.

    But, Utah is the best managed state in the Union. Otherwise, the DN would not have stated so recently.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    Seems like a convenient way to raise taxes... :)

  • AlexanderTWolf Lindon, UT
    July 15, 2014 6:29 a.m.

    What does Royce Van tassel have to do with anything related to this article? His company purports to be a nonprofit entity (but really are just a lobbying company in disguise). Unfortunately, the article quotes him as if he is a "public servant." It would've been much better to get the perspective of other mayors and city council members will have to face the consequences of these actions. The Utah Taxpayers Association is nothing more than a front for big business seeking to curtail their competition and to limit their tax obligations.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 4:14 a.m.

    Here's the deal. 1. Residential property shouldn't be taxed. Tax that determines pensions shouldn't be tied to property tax. 2. Because we all know how that worked out when property taxes plummeted back in 2008. Suddenly there was a massive hole in the system and righting the system doesnt work after the laws are on the books. 3. Utah might have a good economy but it OVER-leverages debt like everyone else SADLY. 4. So lets do utah residents a world of good, by using LESS TAXES on borrowed interest. BONDING/DEBT IS KILLING FINANCIAL STABILITY.
    5. Utahn's are NOT under-taxed.

    July 15, 2014 3:42 a.m.

    If it wasn't found until now then it was probably an over tax. We are over taxed anyway.

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    July 14, 2014 8:52 p.m.

    It seems to me that this mistake proves that maybe we need to make errors like this occasionally to prove the state can actually get by with less. But it also appears that they don't see it that way.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    July 14, 2014 7:05 p.m.

    So whoever was responsible for the calculation error should be severely castigated...

    ...or commended, depending on your point of view.