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.
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.
"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.
If even one Utah based corporation pays property taxes... shouldn't they
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
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
The Utah Taxpayers association only looks out for taxes against businesses.
They don't work to keep individual taxes down.
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.Thanks!
@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.
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.
I thought tax cuts were supposed to increase revenue!
Utah lawmakers should be looking for ways to INCREASE exemptions - and let
Utahns keep their own money - instead of seeing it squandered on special
Report: Taxes cost Utahns $1.8 billion last year!
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.
"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
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
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
Is that about the amount of money the citizens group was trying to raise for
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."
I feel terrible when government doesn't receive all the tax money it can
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.