Utah Tax Restructuring Revisions (2019 Second Special Session S.B. 2001)

More Information on the Tax Bill

Here is a letter from our House of Representatives regarding the “Tax Reform Bill” (S.B. 2001 Tax Restructuring Revisions) passed in the 2019 Second Special Session. All of our legislators voted YES for the tax restructuring bill last night, except Rep. Dan Johnson who abstained. The Senate Sponsor of the bill was our Senator Lyle Hillyard.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR YOUR REPRESENTATIVE, PLEASE REACH OUT TO HIM:

  • Rep. Joel Ferry; 435-465-8887; jferry@le.utah.gov
  • Rep. Val Potter; 435-757-9834; valpotter@le.utah.gov
  • Rep. Dan Johnson; 435-770-7051; dnjohnson@le.utah.gov
  • Rep. Casey Snider; 435-890-3383; csnider@le.utah.gov

Dear Constituents,

Earlier tonight, the nearly year-long efforts toward tax reform culminated in the passage of significant tax legislation. The process leading up to the passage of the bill included a total of 17 meetings and more than 60 hours of public comment, as well as hundreds of comments shared online and untold hours spent by legislators and legislative staff to craft this bill.

The bill accomplishes the following:

  • Creates one of the largest tax cuts in state history at $249 million, with $161 million in ongoing funding and $88 million in one-time funding.
  • Provides a targeted grocery credit to low- to middle-income households while restoring the full sales tax rate on unprepared food.
  • Restores the tax credit for dependents that was eliminated by Congress in the federal tax reform bill of 2017.
  • Creates an income tax credit for Social Security retirement income.
  • Continues to significantly invest in state highways and transit, while reducing the burden on the general fund.
  • Continues to support and prioritize public education funding.

Some questioned the need for the Utah Legislature to debate the issue in a special session now rather than wait until the general session in January. Simply put, the issue was of such importance that we felt it was deserving of the exclusive consideration and debate that can only occur in such a forum. To put that in perspective, during the general session legislative proposals only receive two opportunities for public input–one in a House committee and one in a Senate committee.

Additionally, we wanted to ensure that these significant tax cuts could be made before the end of the year so that you and other hard-working Utahns would see the tax cuts reflected in their take-home pay in early 2020.

This process has been lengthy and challenging, and I appreciate your engagement and feedback throughout. It is an honor and privilege to serve you. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Sincerely,
Your Cache County Representatives

  • Rep. Joel Ferry; 435-465-8887; jferry@le.utah.gov
  • Rep. Val Potter; 435-757-9834; valpotter@le.utah.gov
  • Rep. Dan Johnson; 435-770-7051; dnjohnson@le.utah.gov
  • Rep. Casey Snider; 435-890-3383; csnider@le.utah.gov