State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Middle-Class Families
Tool | November 2021

Utah State Tax Guide for Middle-Class Families

State tax rates and rules for income, sales, gas, property, cigarette, and other taxes that impact middle-class families.


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Utah has a flat-rate income tax system. Although the current rate is a modest 4.85%, the overall income tax bill for middle-class families can still be above average. On the other hand, average sales tax and property tax rates are generally below average. So, all in all, you don't get stung too bad by taxes in the Beehive State.

Income Tax Range

Utah has a flat tax of 4.85% (reduced from 4.95% starting with the 2022 tax year).

Sales Tax

State levy is 4.85%, but mandatory 1% local sales tax and 0.25% county option sales tax are added to the state tax (for a 6.1% total rate). Plus, localities can add up to an additional 2.95%, making the average combined state and local rate 7.19%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Groceries: Taxable (1.75% state tax, plus mandatory 1.25% in local and county taxes)
Clothing: Taxable
Motor Vehicles: Taxable
Prescription Drugs: Exempt

Real Property Taxes

In Utah, the median property tax rate is $602 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: 31.91¢ per gallon.
Diesel: 31.91¢ per gallon.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1.70 per pack
Snuff: $1.83 per ounce
Other tobacco products: 86% of manufacturer’s price
Vapor products: 56% of manufacturer’s price

Beer: $0.42 per gallon
Wine: not available
Liquor: $15.92 per gallon
Utah directly controls the distribution and sale of wine and liquor. Liquor tax is an estimate by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and published by the Tax Foundation.

Annual Car Taxes and Fees

An annual vehicle registration fee and a separate uniform fee are imposed.

Estate and Inheritance Taxes

No estate or inheritance tax.