THE UTAH TAXPAYER – MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Each month, The Utah Taxpayers Association releases a newsletter to catch you up on the latest tax news from the cities, counties, the state, and the nation.

 

November 2019 Newsletter

 

October 2019 Newsletter

September 2019 Newsletter

August 2019 Newsletter

July 2019 Newsletter

June 2019 Newsletter

May 2019 Newsletter

April 2019 Newsletter
– 2019 Session: There’s Still Plenty of Work to Do in the Coming Months
– My Corner: The Importance of the People’s House
– Association Released 2019 Legislative Scorecard, Announces “Friends of the Taxpayer”
– Cannon’s Canon: Other States Are Nipping at Our Heels in Income Tax Cuts
– 2019 School Spending Report Shows Significant Administrative Hiring Spree
– Your Association Accomplishments in March

March 2019 Newsletter
– Sales Taxes on Services: Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg
– My Corner: Tax Reform: First, Do No Harm
– 2019 Legislative Watchlist: What, How, and Where to Watch Tax Bills
– Utah’s 15% Cell Phone Taxes to Increase?
– Your Association Accomplishments in February

February 2019 Newsletter
– Cutting the Income Tax Rate: The Right Thing to Do
– My Corner: Should the Legislature End the Double Taxation on Personal Property for all Taxpayers?
– 2019 Legislative Watchlist: What, How, and Where to Watch Tax Bills
– Tax Commission Agrees to Work with Your Taxpayers Association to Re-Examine Penalties for Failure to Collect Sales Taxes
– Over 120 Attendees Help Make 2019 Legislative Outlook Conference a Success
– Your Association Accomplishments in January

January 2019 Newsletter
– Following 2018 Successes, Utah 2.0 Moves into Next Phase
– My Corner: Will the Legislature Allow Automatic Property Tax Increases?
– Expanding the Sales Tax Base: Whose Ox Gets Gored?
– Cannon’s Canon: Recession Coming? Listen to Jonathan Ball and Bond Insiders
– Your Association Accomplishments in December

December 2018 Newsletter
-November Ballot Packed with Tax Issues, Yields Mixed Results
– My Corner: Governor and Legislature Prove Once Again Why Utah is the Best Manager State
– Utah Legislature To Be Filled with New Members, New Makeups of Revenue and Taxation Committees in 2019
– Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee Sends Message that Taxes Ought to be Cut in 2019
– Utah Taxpayers Association Elects New Board of Directors, Officers for 2019
– Your Association Accomplishments in November

November 2018 Newsletter
– Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee Discusses Family Impact of Federal Tax Reform
– My Corner: The Power to Tax Involves the Power to Destroy: Utah State Tax Commission
– Recent Report Proposes Improvements to Tax Commission in Collection of Delinquent Income Taxes
– Utah Taxpayers Association Announces Selection of New Vice President
– The Utah Senate Confirms New Tax Commissioner Lawrence Walters, Started His Term November 1, 2018
– Your Association Accomplishments in October

October 2018 Newsletter
– New Annual Report Discloses Per Student Charter School Funding
– My Corner: First Annual Report on Utah’s Charter Schools
– Commissioner Pero Set to Retire from the Utah State Tax Commission
– November Ballot Will Ask Multiple Tax Questions – Your Taxpayers Association’s Position on Ballot Issues
– Utah Scores in Top-10 Ranking in the Latest Business Climate Report from Tax Foundation
– Your Association Accomplishments in September

September 2018 Newsletter
– Redevelopment Agencies Take $171 Million from Local Governments, 53% of that from School Districts
– My Corner: Citizens have a Right to Transparent Government
– Revenue and Taxation Committee Discusses Future Tax Cuts
– Guest Commentary: A Vote for Proposition 3 – Medicaid Expansion – Will Bring Unexpected Costs to Utahns
– Per Pupil Spending Disparity Continues to Grow, According to Utah Taxpayers Association’s School Spending Report
– Your Association Accomplishments in August

August 2018 Newsletter
– July Special Session Ensures Manufacturing Sales Tax Exemption, Collection of Remote Sales Taxes
– My Corner: The Legislature Must Keep its Promise to Cut Taxes in Proportion to Remote Sales Tax Revenues
– How to Appeal the County’s Valuation of Your Property
– Utah’s Sales Taxes on Soda, Candy, and Groceries are Complicated
– Your Association Accomplishments in July

July 2018 Newsletter
– Legislative Committee Supports NOL Changes, Discusses Corporate Income Tax
– My Corner: Why So Many Elected Officials Oppose Transparency and Equity
– Court Dismisses Counties’ Case Against Centrally-Assessed Taxpayers
– Supreme Court Gives Local Retailers Victory, Benefitting Utah Businesses and Families
– Average Utah Residents Pays $611 to City Government
– Property Tax Valuation Protected
– Your Association Accomplishments in June

June 2018 Newsletter
– Potential Summer Special Session to Focus on Adjusting toFederal Tax Reform
– My Corner: 26 Years of Six Taxpayer Hereos
– New Report Shows that 29 of Utah’s Top 50 Cities Have an Employee that Makes a Higher Salary than the Governor
– Federal Tax Reform and Options for State Adjustments the Focus for 40th Annual Utah Taxes Now Conference
– Association Releases Annual Guide to State and Local Taxes.
– Your Association Accomplishments in May

May 2018 Newsletter
– Salt Lake County Tax Hike Proposal Ignores Taxpayers’ Voice
– My Corner: The High Cost of Education Mediocrity
– May Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee Agenda
– Americans Pay $5.2 Trillion in Taxes, Utah Fares Better than 35 Other States
– 40th Annual Utah Taxes Now Conference to Focus on Impacts and Needed Changes to State and Federal Tax Reform
– Utah Ranks Best for Economic Outlook, According to Rich States Poor States
– Your Association Accomplishments in April

April 2018 Newsletter
– Tax Hikes, Tax Cuts, and Everything in Between at the 2018 Legislative Session
– My Corner: My Decision to not Run for Re-election to the Utah Senate
– Online Sales Tax Debate to be Heard at the Supreme Court
– 2018 Legislative Scorecard Released, Shows a More Taxpayer Friendly Session than 2017
– Save the Date: Utah Taxes Now Conference Held on May 22, 2018!
– Your Association Accomplishments in March

March 2018 Newsletter
– Utah Ranks 3rd Highest in the Nation for Its Education System, and Best for Fiscal Stability
– My Corner: Truth-in-Bonding Legislation is a Win for All Taxpayers, Preventing Unapproved Debt
– Will the Utah Legislature Raise Your Taxes in 2018?
– Report: Utah Sales Taxes Rank 29th Nationally, and 4th Among Neighboring States
– Your Association Accomplishments in February

February 2018 Newsletter
– Utah’s Teacher Pay Ranks Middle of the Pack Nationwide, is Second Highest in Region
– My Corner: Federal Tax Reform Paves the Way for Meaningful, Beneficial State Tax Reform
– Controversial Tax Hikes are the Talk of the First Weeks of the 2018 Legislative Session
– Google Fiber Fallout Should be a Warning to Cities Looking at Municipal-owned Fiber Systems
– Association Accomplishments in January

January 2018 Newsletter
– Herbert’s Proposed FY 2019 Budget Echoes Sound Tenets of Tax Policy
– My Corner: Legislative Outlook Conference to Preview State Legislature’s Efforts of Tax Reform, and What Federal Reform Means for Utah
– Utah’s State and Local Government Tax and Fee Burden Falls Below the National Median
– Association Accomplishments in December

December 2017 Newsletter
– Momentum Gains on Tax Reform at the Federal and State Levels
– My Corner: Pro Soccer Stadium Deal Undermines Counties “Taxpayer Watchdog” Claims
– Guest Commentary: The Case for Utah’s Tax Reform
– Protecting Utah’s Economic and Business Competitive Edge for the Next Decade
– Utah Taxpayers Association Elects New Board of Directors Chairman, Other Changes to the Executive Committee
– Taxpayers Cough Up $926 Annually to County Government
– Your Taxpayers Association Accomplishments in November

November 2017 Newsletter
– House GOP Unveils Federal Tax Reform Plan
– My Corner: The Risk of Thinking Utah is “Doing Well Enough” Undermines the Need for Tax Reform
– Taxpayer-Funded UTOPIA Approves Additional Funding
– Guest Commentary: Redesigning Utah’s Higher Education to Meet Workforce Needs
– Utah Remains in Top Ten for Tax-Friendly Business Climate
– Association Accomplishments in October

October 2017 Newsletter
– Legislative Committee Works Towards Tax Reform Package
– My Corner: Utah’s School Districts Should Focus on Best Value Construction, Costing Taxpayers Less
– Guest Commentary: Moving Forward on U.S. Tax Reform
– Tax Review Commission Examining Utah’s Three-Legged Tax Stool
– Lawmakers Considering Elimination of Sales Tax on Food
– Association Accomplishments in September

September 2017 Newsletter
– User Fees, Not General Sales Taxes, Should Fund State Highways
– My Corner: Working Across Factional Lines to Get the People’s Work Done
– Op-Ed: Stop Investing Taxpayer Dollars on a Failed Project
– Five School Districts Seeking Voter-Approved Bonds This Fall
– Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee Discusses Eliminating Manufacturing Sales Tax Penalty, Reducing Corporate Income Taxes
– Difference Between Highest and Lowest per Pupil Spending is Greater than $13,000, New Report Shows
– Association Accomplishments in August

August 2017 Newsletter
– Property Value too High? Appeal the County’s Valuation
– My Corner: On the Brink of Tax Increases for Education, School Boards Need to Look at Alternatives
– 2017 Truth in Taxation Hearings
– Guest Op-Ed: All Taxpayers Should Be Treated Equal
– $578 of Average Utahn’s Income Goes to City Government
– Sen. Orrin Hatch Should Support Trump Tax Cuts
– Association Accomplishments in July

July 2017 Newsletter
– New Audit Finds Special Districts Repeatedly Violate State Laws, Urges Legislative Action
– My Corner: Counties Declare War Against Business Property Taxpayers
– Enterprise Fund Transfers: A Taxpayers Association Policy Brief
– Truth-in-Taxation Hearings
– Corporate Income Tax Reform Tops June Legislative Meetings
– Your Association Accomplishments in June

June 2017 Newsletter
– Academic Study Says Municipal-Owned Fiber Networks, like UTOPIA, are Risky Business for Taxpayers
– My Corner: The High Cost of Educational Mediocrity
– May Interim Meetings Restart Tax Reform Discussion
– Attendees Get the Insider’s Look at State and Federal Tax Reform Efforts
– Association Nets Major Victory for Taxpayers Information Protection
– Taxpayers Association Releases Annual Fast Tax Booklet
– Your Association Accomplishments in May

May 2017 Newsletter
– Utah’s Capital City Looks at Creating Fee for Transportation
– My Corner: State and Federal Tax Reforms Will Boost Prosperity – Don’t Miss Utah Taxes Now Conference
– Complying with Taxes Cost $263 Billion, Says Report
– Guest Commentary: Tax Reform is Key to Utah’s Future Success
– Trump Team Releases Sneak Peak of Tax Reform Package
– Op-Ed: Transparency Efforts During the 2017 Legislative Session Bring More Light to Government
– Utah Top State for in Economic Climate National Ranking for 10 Straight Years
– Your Taxpayers Association Accomplishments in April

April 2017 Newsletter
– If Congress Acts, What Will Federal Tax Reform Look Like?
– My Corner: Employed by Utah’s Tax Watchdog for 40 Years
– 2017 General Session: A Mixed Bag with Tax Increases, Progress on Utah 2.0, and Taxpayer Transparency
– 2017 Legislative Scorecard Released, 34 of 104 Earned “Friend of the Taxpayer” Award
– Utah’s Income Tax Rate Ranks Second Highest Among Neighboring States
– Your Taxpayers Association Accomplishments in March

March 2017 Newsletter
– Efforts Towards Major Tax Reforms in Utah Stalls, Work to Continue Throughout the Year
– My Corner: Appropriate Bonding Respects Taxpayers
– Guest Commentary: More Bonding Transparency
– Late Tax-Related Legislation Drafted, Other Bills Progress During 2017 Session
– Transparency-in-Taxation Bills Move Forward During the 2017 Legislative Session
– Utah Taxpayers Association Policy Brief: 911 Fees
– Your Taxpayers Association Accomplishments in February

February 2017 Newsletter
– Cities Escaping Truth-in-Taxation Process through Excess Utility Fees
– My Corner: Increasing the Income Tax is Risky Business, Other Options Should be Considered
– Transparency for Taxpayers Among Key Issues Association Working Towards During 2017 Session
– Utah’s Tax and Fee Burden Decreases, Taxes Remain Below the National Average
– 2017 Legislative Outlook Conference Previews Top Issues from Key Policymakers
– Your Association Accomplishments for January

January 2017 Newsletter
– Economic Viability, Transparency Key Issues as 2017 Session Set to Begin
– My Corner: The Dangers of Increasing Utah’s Income Taxes
– Guest Commentary: The Cost of Yesterday’s Pension Promises to Public Education
– Herbert’s Latest Budget Proposal Includes Review of Tax System
– 2017 Legislative Outlook Conference Previews Proposed Tax Increase
– Your Association Accomplishments in December

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