The Kiplinger Tax Map: Guide to State Income Taxes, State Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, Sin Taxes
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State-by-State Guide to Taxes

Compare state tax rates and rules — on income, ordinary purchases, gas, sin products, property, and more — across the U.S.


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Flag of Utah

Mixed Tax Picture

Utah, which runs a flat tax system, lowered the rate by a hair (from 5.0% to 4.95%) in 2018. However, the loss of the federal personal exemption due to the new tax law means that many Utahns, particularly those with multiple dependents, will pay higher state taxes than before.

Property taxes are low and sales taxes average. A strong score on fiscal stability indicates the Beehive State is likely to be able to keep things average.

Sales Tax

State levy is 6.1%, including a 1.25% tax that goes to local governments. Localities can add up to an additional 2.95% as well; the average combined rate is 7.17%, according to the Tax Foundation. Groceries are taxed at 3%.

Income Tax Range

Utah has a flat tax of 4.95%.

Effective tax rate: 3.42% for single filers, 4.95% for joint filers.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.3001 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.3001 per gallon.

Property Taxes

In Utah, residents pay an average $713 in taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is due on purchases. A tax based on a passenger vehicle’s age is due on registration.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes and little cigars: $1.70 per pack
Moist snuff: $1.83 per ounce
Other tobacco products: 86% of manufacturer’s price

Beer: $0.41 per gallon
Wine: n/a
Liquor: $15.38 per gallon
Utah directly controls the distribution and sale of alcohol. Liquor tax is an estimate by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and published by the Tax Foundation.

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