The Utah Legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force is on a listening tour of Utah!
Following the 2019 Legislative Session and the introduction of HB441, a tax reform task force was created to continue working to update Utah’s tax policy. Analysts show that tax reform is necessary to address a variety of challenges, the biggest of which is that the current system is that the current structure relies on dwindling sales tax revenue that will be unable to cover even essential needs in the state within a couple of years.
Tax reform would significantly impact many industries and arenas of life in Utah. Public outcry halted a major tax reform bill earlier this year that aimed to tax services. Now legislators want to hear from the public to help inform the task force’s recommendations for a new bill.
Several public meetings will be held by the task force throughout Utah for citizens and businesses to share their thoughts. This is your chance to get your voice heard on tax reform!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Attend a town hall on tax reform to get your voice heard on tax reform in Utah! There are four more town hall meetings around the state in July, including:
- July 8, Kaysville, Davis Tech, Business Resource Center, main conference room, 450 S. Simmons Way. Open house – 6 p.m. Town hall meeting – 7 p.m.
- July 9, Roosevelt, Crossroads Senior Center, 50 E. 200 South. Open house – 6 p.m. Town hall meeting – 7 p.m.
- July 20, Moab, Grand Center, 182 N. 500 West. Open house – 1 p.m. Town hall meeting – 2 p.m.
- July 30, Lehi, Silicon Slopes/UTC, 2600 Executive Parkway, Suite 140. Open house – 6 p.m. Town hall meeting – 7 p.m.
HB 441 was proposed by Rep. Tim Quinn (R-Heber) during the 2019 State Legislative Session, proposing taxes on a variety of services to modernize the tax structure and provide needed future revenue. The measure ultimately failed after bitter debates and strong opposition from service industries. As a result, a legislative task force was created to come up with recommendations for a new bill. A special session is planned for later this year to implement the task force’s recommendations. If a consensus cannot be reached by then, a bill will be introduced during the 2020 State Legislative Session.
Utah State Legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force
The Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force was created by legislation via HB 495 at the end of the 2019 State Legislative Session to study tax reform and make recommendations to the Legislature. At the first meeting on May 30, the task force created a vision, purpose and guiding principles. You can find audio recording and materials from that meeting here.
Members of the task force include:
Appointed by Senate President Stuart Adams:
Senator Lyle Hillyard, Co-Chair
Senator Curt Bramble
Senator Kirk Cullimore
Senator Lincoln Fillmore
Senator Karen Mayne
Gary Cornia (Non voting)
Keith Prescott (Non voting)
Appointed by House Speaker Brad Wilson:
Representative Francis Gibson, Co-Chair
Representative Joel Briscoe
Representative Tim Quinn
Representative Mike Schultz
Representative Robert Spendlove
Kristen Cox (Non voting)
Steve Young (Non voting)
Past task force town halls
- June 25, Brigham City, Utah State University Brigham Campus, multipurpose room, 989 S. Main. Open house – 6 p.m. Town hall meeting – 7 p.m. Report from Utah Public Radio.
- June 27, Kearns, Chamber West Element Event Center, 5658 S. Cougar Lane (4800 West). Open house – 6 p.m. Town hall meeting – 7 p.m. Report from Deseret News.
- June 28, Richfield, Sevier County Fairgrounds, exhibit hall, 410 E. 200 South. Open house – 5 p.m. Town hall meeting – 6 p.m. Report from SL Trib.
- June 29, St. George, Dixie Tech, auditorium and lobby, 610 S. Tech Ridge Drive. Open house – 1 p.m. Town hall meeting – 2 p.m. Report from St. George News.