taxes http://kuer.org en Tips From the IRS For a Happy Tax Season http://kuer.org/post/tips-irs-happy-tax-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday April 15 marks this year’s deadline to file federal income tax returns. IRS spokesperson Bill Brunson says even if you’re not sure you can make the payment, it’s much better to file or ask for an extension before the deadline passes than to do nothing at all.</span></p><p>“I still would have a late payment penalty, but the late payment penalty is one half of one percent, as opposed to a 4.5% penalty for a late file,” he says.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:07:57 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43901 at http://kuer.org Tips From the IRS For a Happy Tax Season House Approves Tax Incentives For Alternative Fueled Vehicles http://kuer.org/post/house-approves-tax-incentives-alternative-fueled-vehicles <p>A bill that could make purchasing an alternative fuel vehicle, like an electric car, a little easier on the pocket book passed out of the Utah House Tuesday.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:51:29 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42645 at http://kuer.org House Approves Tax Incentives For Alternative Fueled Vehicles Bill to Cut Internet Sales Tax Defeated http://kuer.org/post/bill-cut-internet-sales-tax-defeated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Utah House of Representatives rejected a plan Wednesday to stop the state from cashing in if Congress allows sales tax for more online transactions.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.marketplacefairness.org/bill-text/">Marketplace Fairness Act</a> would allow states to collect sales tax on purchases made online – whether the retailer is physically located in that state or not</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:37:19 +0000 Dan Bammes 42083 at http://kuer.org Bill to Cut Internet Sales Tax Defeated Should the State Collect an Energy Tax on the NSA Facility in Bluffdale? http://kuer.org/post/should-state-collect-energy-tax-nsa-facility-bluffdale <p>Utah Senators reluctantly gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give the NSA data center in Bluffdale an exemption from paying a utility tax.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:00:08 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42024 at http://kuer.org Should the State Collect an Energy Tax on the NSA Facility in Bluffdale? Bill Would Mandate How Cities Use a Portion of Beer Tax Revenue http://kuer.org/post/bill-would-mandate-how-cities-use-portion-beer-tax-revenue <p></p><p>A bill passed the Utah House Thursday that would require cities and towns to use some beer tax revenue on alcohol treatment and prevention programs.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Forty percent of the money generated from beer and alcohol sales goes to municipalities in Utah and only about four percent of that money is spent on programs that combat underage drinking. Cache County Republican Representative Jack </span>Draxler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wants to change that.</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:00:38 +0000 Terry Gildea 41828 at http://kuer.org Bill Would Mandate How Cities Use a Portion of Beer Tax Revenue McAdams' Budget Restores Benefits, Raises Salaries http://kuer.org/post/mcadams-budget-restores-benefits-raises-salaries <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams laid out his 2014 budget proposal today, which he describes as structurally balanced and fiscally conservative. The $870 million budget includes funding for a handful of new initiatives and a pay increase for county employees.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:40:47 +0000 Whittney Evans 37440 at http://kuer.org McAdams' Budget Restores Benefits, Raises Salaries Proposal to Eliminate Personal Tax Exemptions Could Net Utah Schools $400 Million http://kuer.org/post/proposal-eliminate-personal-tax-exemptions-could-net-utah-schools-400-million <p>Democratic State Senator Pat Jones is working on legislation that would eliminate the Utah personal tax exemption given to those who claim someone in their home as a dependent.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:52:44 +0000 Brian Grimmett 34501 at http://kuer.org Proposal to Eliminate Personal Tax Exemptions Could Net Utah Schools $400 Million Jordan School District Asking for $495 Million Bond http://kuer.org/post/jordan-school-district-asking-495-million-bond <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jordan School District is bursting at the seams. Schools there are growing at the rate of nearly two elementary schools a year. They’re growing so fast, that the Jordan School Board voted unanimously Tuesday for a bond measure that will make way for the construction of 11 new schools.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 22:47:50 +0000 Whittney Evans 33597 at http://kuer.org Jordan School District Asking for $495 Million Bond Salt Lake City Council Gives Nod to Property Tax Hike http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-council-gives-nod-property-tax-hike <p></p><p>The Salt Lake City Council gave preliminary approval to a $7 million tax increase last night despite opposition from Mayor Ralph Becker.&nbsp; Members of the council say overdue maintenance can no longer be ignored.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Salt Lake City Council Chair Kyle </span>Lamalfa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says while Mayor Becker’s budget proposal was lean and balanced it left out a few key items.</span></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 05:47:01 +0000 Whittney Evans 30758 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Council Gives Nod to Property Tax Hike Tax Increases to Fund Education and Transportation Discussed at Utah Foundation Meeting http://kuer.org/post/tax-increases-fund-education-and-transportation-discussed-utah-foundation-meeting <p><a href="http://www.utahfoundation.org/">The Utah Foundation</a>’s annual meeting Thursday deals with two traditionally conflicting issues facing Utahns, education and transportation. The foundation organizes the Utah Priorities Project along with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Stephen Kroes , the president of the Utah Foundation says conflicts between education and transportation going forward need to end.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:51:06 +0000 Bob Nelson 27057 at http://kuer.org Tax Increases to Fund Education and Transportation Discussed at Utah Foundation Meeting Lawmaker Wants Online Stores to Pay Taxes http://kuer.org/post/lawmaker-wants-online-stores-pay-taxes <p></p><p></p><p>Utah lawmakers are hoping to bring in millions of additional tax dollars from online retailers, but a bill being proposed might be in conflict with the U-S Constitution. Federal law currently allows the state to collect taxes from online retailers as long as they have a physical location in that state, like a store or distribution warehouse. Senate Bill 226, sponsored by Republican Senator Wayne Harper would empower Utah to collect taxes from some <em>out-of-state</em> online retailers.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:33:32 +0000 Whittney Evans 25578 at http://kuer.org Lawmaker Wants Online Stores to Pay Taxes State Tax Incentives Back Hundreds of New Jobs http://kuer.org/post/state-tax-incentives-back-hundreds-new-jobs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced new tax incentives for three companies on Thursday. &nbsp;One is </span><a href="http://www.doterra.com/us/index.php" style="line-height: 1.5;">doTerra</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a company that makes&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">essential oils – plant extracts that it sells through a network of independent distributors.&nbsp; It’s promised to bring 330 new jobs to its company headquarters in Pleasant Grove in product testing and development, customer support and other positions.&nbsp; For that, it will get 16-point-6 million dollars in tax credits over ten years.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:43:22 +0000 Dan Bammes 25045 at http://kuer.org Water Tax Bill Gets Stuck in Committee http://kuer.org/post/water-tax-bill-gets-stuck-committee <p>The Senate Revenue and Taxation committee chose not to move on a bill that would have allowed the state to tax water usage.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:15:27 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24542 at http://kuer.org Water Tax Bill Gets Stuck in Committee Utah House Passes Tax Breaks for Businesses that Hire the Homeless http://kuer.org/post/utah-house-passes-tax-breaks-businesses-hire-homeless <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of the Utah House passed a bill today that would give businesses a tax break if they hire people who are homeless. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Salt Lake County Democrat Brian King crafted the bill that would give businesses a tax credit of between five hundred and two thousand dollars for hiring an individual who is homeless. King said the legislation is designed to help some live more stable lives.</span></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:09:31 +0000 Terry Gildea 24541 at http://kuer.org Utah House Passes Tax Breaks for Businesses that Hire the Homeless KUER News Pod: Thursday January 3, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-january-3-2013 <p>Utah’s Congressional delegation explain their vote on the “fiscal cliff” deal, the Utah Domestic Violence Council makes an effort to raise awareness, and the Jordan School District cancels another High School play.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F73505459&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 19:07:00 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23128 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday January 3, 2013 Most of Utah's Congressional Delegation Votes Against Fiscal Cliff Deal http://kuer.org/post/most-utahs-congressional-delegation-votes-against-fiscal-cliff-deal <p>The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/01/02/168462623/cliff-deal-what-we-learned-what-comes-next">help avert the “fiscal cliff”</a> late Tuesday night that includes extending Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class. But for most of Utah’s Congressional delegation the deal wasn’t good enough to earn their support.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 23:00:20 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23093 at http://kuer.org Most of Utah's Congressional Delegation Votes Against Fiscal Cliff Deal KUER News Pod: Monday December 17, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-monday-december-17-2012 <p>An Ogden family mourns the loss of their child in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, the Utah Department of Health looks into the costs of expanding Medicaid, and Salt Lake County approves a 16% tax increase.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F71598584&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:13:54 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22445 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Monday December 17, 2012 KUER News Pod: Wednesday December 12, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-december-12-2012 <p>Salt Lake County residents voice their complaints about a proposed tax hike, Salt Lake City welcomes immigrants, and a former state legislator switches parties.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F70989947&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:07:40 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22237 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday December 12, 2012 Public Lambasts County Property Tax Increase http://kuer.org/post/public-lambasts-county-property-tax-increase <p>Salt Lake County officials have been meeting over the past few weeks to try and mitigate a proposed property tax increase included in the county’s 2013 budget. But dozens of Salt Lake County residents made it clear last night during a public hearing on the subject, that they don’t think they’re looking hard enough.“You guys are broke," Salt Lake County resident&nbsp;</p><p>Wells Wagner told members of the county council on Tuesday.</p><p>"It would have been nice to hear that before this past election.”</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 06:50:29 +0000 Whittney Evans 22206 at http://kuer.org Public Lambasts County Property Tax Increase Corroon Proposes Tax Hike in 2013 Budget http://kuer.org/post/corroon-proposes-tax-hike-2013-budget <p></p><div></div><div><p>Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon has <a href="http://mayor.slco.org/finance/html/Budget/2013BudgetInfo.html">proposed a $31 million property tax</a> hike to balance the county budget. He unveiled his 2013 plan today, two months before retiring from his position. Corroon will pass the torch to newly elected Democrat Ben McAdams in January.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 23:30:07 +0000 Whittney Evans 20814 at http://kuer.org Corroon Proposes Tax Hike in 2013 Budget Millcreek "City" May Foot the Bill for 2300 East Repairs http://kuer.org/post/millcreek-city-may-foot-bill-2300-east-repairs <p></p><p>Emotions are running high in&nbsp;Millcreek&nbsp;Township, as residents make final appeals to voters who are undecided on whether or not to become a city. This morning residents who oppose incorporation gathered near a street corner on 2300 east to address some looming financial problems they see with the proposal. But they weren’t alone, as residents who support it gathered close by.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:00:07 +0000 Whittney Evans 20352 at http://kuer.org Millcreek "City" May Foot the Bill for 2300 East Repairs Utah Priorities Project: Taxes & Spending http://kuer.org/post/utah-priorities-project-taxes-spending <p></p><p>When Utah’s economy was roaring along in the middle of the decade, then-Governor Jon Huntsman and legislative leaders were looking for ways to reduce the burden of taxes on Utah’s economy.&nbsp; It seemed as though there was plenty of new money to raise pay for teachers, build new roads and expand the reach of social services.</p><p></p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:25:43 +0000 Dan Bammes 19382 at http://kuer.org Utah Priorities Project: Taxes & Spending