First look at Utah tax reform plan coming; expect no sales taxes on medical, real estate services and tuition

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  • quackquack Park City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 8:59 a.m.

    Here we go it again, Why is it corporations get these 10 or 20 year multi million tax breaks yet Utah the Utah citizen is now going to be taxed on everything except 3 or 4 things ?

    Facebook, Abobe, Twitter all got multi million dollar tax breaks yet now Gov Herbert wants to tax you for kid that mows your lawn, garage collection, or the multitude of other things you pay for. Utah literally has already raises every tax in the state there taking dollars directly from your wallets and purses to pay for everyday things like water yet Facebook profited billions and get millions in tax breaks

    How is that right ? So when you pull up to that guy or gal driving that 70 to 90k Car or Truck and living in the multi-million dollar home you have no reason to talk they most likely are getting salaries from these corporations that huge tax breaks and you keep voting for these politicians giving them tax breaks. I know I live in Deer Valley, PC :) .

    Be smart Vote Herbert and Utah incumbents out.

  • Makid Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 8:22 a.m.

    The problem with the graduated income tax is that per the State Constitution, income tax goes exclusively for schools.

    This makes it a problem because large families generally pay $0 income tax and many times get money back from the State thereby further reducing money for schools.

    Gas Taxes are supposed to pay for State roads (new construction and maintenance) leaving Sales Tax to cover the rest of the needs for the State. This is why they always talk about surpluses being split to Education (schools) and General funds.

    This split makes it impossible for large families to ever claim they pay for Schools (they get fee waivers as well). It also makes it impossible for income taxes to fund the State, hence the need for adding the Sales Tax to additional areas.

    As family sizes have slowly decreased, money for Schools has increased at a faster rate than Sales Tax and Gas Tax. Work was done to make the Gas Tax adjustable but the Sales Tax can't adjust so it must have its coverage broadened to improve funding.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 5:00 p.m.

    How about a graduated income tax? Sales taxes are the most regressive taxes.

    Hope they are figuring in the costs of compliance and enforcement costs with a broadened sales tax base.