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Letter: How can Utah’s tax burden be lower than other states’?
First Published Apr 09 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Apr 09 2014 10:04 am

Re "Utahns’ state-local tax burden dropping over time," Tribune, April 4:

The graph showing our tax burden as compared to other states is highly suspect from a commonsense point of view. It shows states that have no state income tax as close to us in burden. Hogwash!

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Without specifics as to the formula used to make the conclusions in the article, I can only list some facts that erode my belief in their conclusions: Alaska sends a check to its citizens each year from oil-related income. Some states only charge a head and poll tax yearly. Some states issue vehicle registrations for multiple years instead of yearly.

The price of liquor in Utah is a hidden tax over the much lower cost in other states. Many of our friends who retired and moved to Nevada say they save thousands by avoiding Utah’s income tax. I for one am unconvinced that the findings are valid.

Ben Williams

Mount Pleasant




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