Tax Freedom Day still to come in Utah

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    April 19, 2017 1:26 p.m.

    Tax Freedom. Wow - what a concept. Foreign to Democrats. Can you imagine the positive impact in America to President Trumps tax cuts? Yes tax cuts for business as well as you and I. Feels great to finally have a president that feels what middle America feels. The basic concept is this -- I know how better to spend my money than Uncle Sam. Again -- this is opposite Democrat dogma.

  • PamFlinders Sandy, UT
    April 19, 2017 12:12 a.m.

    I think the US has a spending problem. Mostly a military spending problem.
    I'm all for having a strong military. Even a really strong one. However, we spent nearly 600 billion dollars last year on our military, while the next most expensive country is China at a measly 215 billion dollars. This is madness and we cant afford it.

    I guarantee there is waste and abuse in some of these programs. I'm not saying we need to cut to China levels. It's just hard to justify buying brand new bombers when we are also saying that we dont have money for healthcare or infrastructure.

    Let's put our military on a diet and use the savings to shore up life in America. It is the golden calf that siphons off huge amounts of our wealth. Think of what we could buy that would actually impact the life of a regular person.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    April 18, 2017 10:46 p.m.

    It would be interesting to see when tax freedom falls for various income groups.

    The truly poor pay almost no taxes as rental and food assistance are tax free.

    The low income pay zero income tax, but do pay sales tax and property tax. Of course, if food is a major component of their budget, we ought to remember food is taxed at a lower rate than other items in Utah. Earned income and other refundable credits can really reduce total tax burden.

    The middle class get hit with income, property, and sales taxes that seem to take a real bite out of earned income.

    Upper middle class loses many deductions and credits.

    The much maligned rich may have vastly differing tax burdens depending on what luxury items are purchased and in what tax jurisdiction they are purchased or owned.