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Taxes

America’s founding documents declare that our government exists to secure for ourselves and for our posterity the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Consequently, taxes are the price we necessarily pay to secure those rights. Taxes help make our neighborhoods desirable and our daily travel possible. They help build communities where our children grow up feeling safe. But taxes have also fueled revolutions and rebellions. Taxation must reflect the will of the people and be designed to improve their well-being.

Good taxes are reasonable, fair, responsible and transparent. Reasonable taxes are not overly burdensome and create direct benefits for taxpayers. Fair taxes treat people evenhandedly – citizens who live in similar situations are taxed similarly – while considering a business or family’s ability to afford new taxes. Responsible taxes promote strong families and economic activity by remaining low – a recognition that families are Utah’s primary economic engine. Transparent taxes empower citizens to learn how their tax dollars are being used, aligning tax policy with the consent of the governed.

While no tax policy can perfectly embody these principles, we must strive for tax reform to better reflect them, always motivated by the proper ends to ensure that Utah’s future remains prosperous, secure and well-governed.

    Policy

    Taxes

    America’s founding documents declare that our government exists to secure for ourselves and for our posterity the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Consequently, taxes are the price we necessarily pay to secure those rights. Taxes help make our neighborhoods desirable and our daily travel possible. They help build communities where our children grow up feeling safe. But taxes have also fueled revolutions and rebellions. Taxation must reflect the will of the people and be designed to improve their well-being.

    Good taxes are reasonable, fair, responsible and transparent. Reasonable taxes are not overly burdensome and create direct benefits for taxpayers. Fair taxes treat people evenhandedly – citizens who live in similar situations are taxed similarly – while considering a business or family’s ability to afford new taxes. Responsible taxes promote strong families and economic activity by remaining low – a recognition that families are Utah’s primary economic engine. Transparent taxes empower citizens to learn how their tax dollars are being used, aligning tax policy with the consent of the governed.

    While no tax policy can perfectly embody these principles, we must strive for tax reform to better reflect them, always motivated by the proper ends to ensure that Utah’s future remains prosperous, secure and well-governed.

      Research & Insights

      Tax reform repeal starting to impact this year’s state budget

      The Legislature’s fiscal analyst told the majority caucus that in a couple of years most state programs that Utah families and businesses rely upon – road maintenance, air quality programs, low-income housing and healthcare programs, criminal justice and public safety programs, etc. – will face budget cuts without any changes to the tax system.

      Sutherland president comments on passage of tax reform repeal

      Sutherland remains committed – post-repeal – to a thorough examination of the facts and principles pertinent to tax reform in Utah. We will continue to research ideas that work, inform the public about needs and timelines, and strive to ensure the well-being of Utahns statewide.

      Sutherland President comments on tax repeal

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SALT LAKE CITY—Today Sutherland Institute President and CEO Rick Larsen delivered the following statement: Something significant occurred this week. With the referendum effort around tax reform culminating in an announcement that the new tax law...

      Sutherland launches information campaign: The truth about Utah’s tax cut

      In an effort to bring more complete information and greater transparency to the debate, Sutherland Institute has launched an information campaign: The truth about Utah’s tax cut. On Thursday, Jan. 16, newspaper ads, radio spots and social media posts will begin with the aim to inform Utah citizens about the recent debate surrounding tax reform.

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