Here’s why Amazon left 18% at the table

When news broke about Amazon starting to collect sales tax for purchases made in Utah, it seemed a little curious that they would not be taking advantage of a state law that would allow them to retain up to 18% of the taxes they collected. Aren’t businesses supposed to try and maximize their revenues and take advantage of any incentives available to them? Don’t feel too bad for Amazon, though. They’re actually going to do really well from their deal. While Amazon is passing on the 18%, they are still…

Evelyn Everton: Taxes for everybody!

Welcome to Utah, where, in 2015, elected leaders haven’t seen a single tax increase they didn’t like. First, the Legislature voted to raise property taxes by $75 million. Then, they raised the gas tax by .05 cents per gallon. Now, county officials have added a hike in the sales tax in 17 counties. This latest tax increase is an effort by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and its member companies to “improve transportation infrastructure” in Utah. There are two things that are almost certain to improve if the sales…