A Utah tax reformer who is happy to be there

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  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    June 17, 2019 6:42 p.m.

    This committee is loaded with pro-service-sales tax people. Two of the four "tax advisers" on the committee put together a plan for such a sales tax years ago. The head of the committee so much as says the answer is a sales tax on services in the comments in this article.

    The real purpose of the committee isn't searching for alternatives, but to find ways to convince the public that we need a sales tax on services. Don't be surprised when the committee's conclusion is that we need a sales tax on services.

  • Red Smith , 00
    June 17, 2019 11:50 a.m.

    Until the size of gov't shrinks, tax reform is futile and will lead to more gov't, more regulations, more taxes.

    The task force need is a gov't shrinking task force to cut out the dead wood, the cronie jobs, and waste which is most likely 25% of the current budget.

  • SoonerCougar Herriman, UT
    June 17, 2019 11:23 a.m.

    Simple fix, just get rid of the State Income Tax. The government would save a ton of money by not having to employ hundreds of people to process, collect, and store all that information. They could even sell the tax building and get a smaller one for the sales tax. Plus it would save corporations time and money and be a tipping point for corporations wanting to leave high tax states and bring in more jobs to our state. As more jobs and people come into the state and we the current population no longer has income tax the sales tax will grow to more than cover the amount ever collected on the state income tax.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    June 17, 2019 8:15 a.m.

    How about actually reducing taxes

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    June 17, 2019 7:21 a.m.

    So Many Red flags with this tax reform.

    It monumentally increases tax for the middle class, taxing "everything from lawyers to waiters and waitresses to the neighborhood piano teacher to the kid who mows your lawn" . The majority of these "services" are use to help budget incomes, taxing them will put a much larger burden on the middle class.

    So now piano, guitar, dance, soccer, school tutor ect ect taxed. I mean think about this your kid needs a math tutor, a friend from school charges 20 bucks to help him. But wait by law he now has to charge you tax how ridiculous is this.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    June 16, 2019 5:32 p.m.

    IMHO the burden of the new taxes will fall on the middle class.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 16, 2019 3:17 p.m.

    The Utah Legislature is like Donald Trump. Breaking something that doesn't need fixing. They'll try to fool you in believing you have more money by decreasing the State tax rate. Then, they'll tax services and things that we never paid tax es on before. Sure a decrease in State tax might save you $500-700/year. (It'll save millionaires tens of thousands) but, you'll pay way more than that on taxes per year that you never did before. Utah's tax reform will be a tax increase on the middle class.