Senator questions Utah’s tax on Social Security

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker is questioning why the state is one of only 13 in the nation that tax the Social Security benefits of residents.

State Sen. Todd Weiler intends to pursue legislation that would grant a state income tax exemption — at least for low-income retired residents.

Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said he was unaware of the policy until an elderly person in his district brought it to his attention, “basically asking me to explain why Utah hated old people, if you will.”

“He went on to elaborate that Utah is one of the few states that tax Social Security benefits,” Weiler told the Legislature’s Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee this week, “and he felt that was unfair and unjust, and I promised that I would look into the issue.”


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