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!
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.
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