Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Silliest spin of the quarter (Utah's flat tax)

One of those laugh-out-loud moments (not in a good way): The Trib ran an article this morning about how everyone except rich people will pay significantly higher taxes under Utah's new flat-tax option, but the State hasn't publicized that little fact. Governor Huntsman's spokesperson Lisa Roskelley then gave the silliest quote possible on the subject:

"It's not fair to say they will be [negatively affected]. They could say, 'I would rather pay more taxes,' and choose the flat tax this year," she said. "The reason it's optional is they can choose which is best for them."
Nice to know that Huntsman's spokesperson has a finger on the pulse of the people.

6 comments:

Jared said...

I read, re-read, and re-read that quote when I saw it in today's paper. Glad I'm not the only one that thought it was ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was ridiculous too. Speaking of taxes, has anyone else's paycheck be seriously reduced in 2008? i am just looking for info. thanks!

Anonymous said...

You're wrong here. This year folks figure the tax two ways and take the lower of the two, but this year's higher option is NOT the same as the tax that will be implemented next year. Next year's tax under the new system, which is not optional, also includes a number of credits that will make it cheaper than the current tax for most taxpayers. Roskelley is right, this year people pick the lower amount and next year few people will be adversely impacted. This was a lousy newspaper article devoid of any detail or nuance.

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