Tool | Updated October 2018

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.

Utah

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Map 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 5.95%, including a 2.15% tax that goes to local governments. Localities can add up to an additional 2.65% as well; the average combined rate is 6.78%, according to the Tax Foundation. Groceries are taxed at 3%.

Income Tax Range

Utah has a flat tax of 4.95%.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.29 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.29 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on Utah’s median home value of $224,600 is $1,508.

See Kiplinger.com’s Retiree Tax Map for details on tax breaks for seniors in Utah.

Vehicle Taxes

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

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1.70 per pack
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.

Travel Taxes

There is no statewide lodging tax, but localities can levy one. Sales tax (at the local rate) is due. In Salt Lake City this adds up to 12.65%.

Rental cars: 2.5% statewide tax. Counties can add up to 7%.

Taxes On Wireless Service

13.75%

Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

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