Report: Tax exemptions cost Utah $426 million last year

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  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2017 2:54 p.m.

    They should consider a child head tax or cut out child deductions past two or three children. The reason we pay so many taxes that go to education and it is not enough is because of the number of children we have in the education system. You shouldn't punish single or childless couples for that. Or, elderly people on fixed incomes. Elderly individuals that are trying to stay in their homes shouldn't be taxed out of them with high property taxes to support education. The examples given in this article are places where they could charge some tax at least.

  • Still Jim Bountiful, UT
    April 17, 2017 2:31 p.m.

    Most of this is a bunch of baloney. It is like a store saying it lost money due to a sale. Taxes and increases in taxes increase the burden on all and make it less likely they have funds left over to invest. We need to be wary on new taxes from the legislature. In the '80s an five cent gas tax was added for flooding. The flooding went away but the tax is still there. There are cuts the state could easily make to programs that are non productive which would loosen up funds for other areas. But, due to cronyism lawmakers seem to find it easier to raise taxes.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 17, 2017 12:27 p.m.

    "The current exemptions allow the rich to get richer while the working middle class pays all the bills"

    Trout - Very True. And that is because the Rich can pay off our politicians while the middle class has no real influence.

    Yet, you can hardly find a Republican who does not support this system of political payoffs. In fact, most defend it vehemently.

  • MoreMan San Diego, CA
    April 17, 2017 12:29 p.m.

    If even one Utah based corporation pays property taxes... shouldn't they all?

  • mightymite , 00
    April 17, 2017 11:43 a.m.

    Money diverted to running private enterprises are a huge concern. If you factor in the money that the church funnels from tithing the numbers are just staggering.

  • Dixie Independent St George, UT
    April 17, 2017 11:34 a.m.

    Senator DeBakis complains again. Isn't that news? The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

    Which of these exemptions need to go and why? Quit complaining and offer solutions. Details, details please.

    The minority complains so frequently that many of us have quit listening. I want to know what you can do to better the state, not hear another politicians whine.

    I'm not much of a Republican but the Dems turn me off with the negativity.

  • General Alpine, UT
    April 17, 2017 9:34 a.m.

    The Utah Taxpayers association only looks out for taxes against businesses. They don't work to keep individual taxes down.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2017 9:22 a.m.

    If you want more money than keep being a great state and more business will come here. You should be figuring out how to give us more exemptions.

    There is more money being wasted in medical fraud than in all of these exemptions put together. Go out and find it.


  • UtahTroutStalker Draper, UT
    April 17, 2017 9:06 a.m.

    @DougSegesman - Bountiful, UT

    "Report: Tax exemptions saved Utah citizens $426 million last year from being confiscated out of their hard earned paychecks."

    How about this for a headline.

    "If everyone paid their fair share, then Utah citizens could pay less income tax?"

    Why do horse owners get a break on buying hay when my family has to pay taxes on the food we buy from the grocery store? Why do sport fans get a tax break, when I have to pay tax to see a movie, a play, the symphony, etc...?

    The current exemptions allow the rich to get richer while the working middle class pays all the bills.

  • UtahTroutStalker Draper, UT
    April 17, 2017 9:02 a.m.

    If I have to start paying taxes on all the food I buy to feed my family, then horse owners should pay it on the hay they buy.

    Fair is fair. People first.

  • MaxPower Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 17, 2017 8:32 a.m.

    I thought tax cuts were supposed to increase revenue!

  • patriotstate Herriman, UT
    April 17, 2017 8:08 a.m.

    Utah lawmakers should be looking for ways to INCREASE exemptions - and let Utahns keep their own money - instead of seeing it squandered on special interests.

  • TripleCrown Santa Ana, CA
    April 17, 2017 6:56 a.m.

    Report: Taxes cost Utahns $1.8 billion last year!

  • DougSegesman Bountiful, UT
    April 17, 2017 6:42 a.m.

    What a sick twisted way to report this story. How about this headline instead:

    Report: Tax exemptions saved Utah citizens $426 million last year from being confiscated out of their hard earned paychecks.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 17, 2017 6:31 a.m.

    "But Hesterman said it is important to watch out for exemptions that were put in place for the wrong reasons."

    And those "wrong reasons" almost always are predicated by campaign donations or lobby perks.
    Those exemptions always manage to benefit the politician who champions it.

  • libs think what??? Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2017 5:32 a.m.

    the headline is based on a false premise. To say exemptions cost the state anything assumes the money not collected belongs to the state in the first place, which is not true. taking less from someone is not the same thing as giving the something, because to give something you have to own it in the first place.

  • misanthrope sl, UT
    April 16, 2017 11:39 p.m.

    The headline reveals that the politicians believe all money is theirs, and exemptions allow some people to keep more of the state's money. We are so screwed up.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    April 16, 2017 10:06 p.m.

    Is that about the amount of money the citizens group was trying to raise for public ed?

  • dwalk Albuquerque, NM
    April 16, 2017 9:36 p.m.

    Utah Democrats: "No such thing as a bad tax increase."
    Utah Republicans: "Just because we removed your tax exemption to put more money in our pockets, and less in yours, doesn't mean we increased your taxes."
    Utah Conservatives: "We didn't increase your taxes, we just took away your exemptions."

  • worf McAllen, TX
    April 16, 2017 9:19 p.m.

    I feel terrible when government doesn't receive all the tax money it can get.

    Just terrible!

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    April 16, 2017 6:25 p.m.

    I don't know. Leaving this up to the politicians seems like a bad idea. They've each got their friends and they all want a slice of the pie.

    You start out with a flat tax and that sounds pretty fair. Then you start to tinker.

    The reality is that our "leaders" are running out of OPM (Other People's Money) and are scrambling here.

    If they'd stop forming committees to study society's problems and stick to roads and parks and mental hospitals, they'd be OK. Give the rest of the money back to the people and let the local districts figure out the schools and panhandling ordinances.

    The Legislature is involved in way too many things that aren't their business.