No Tax Hikes On Food!

October 18, 2019

Tell the Legislature that Families Need Tax Relief Now, Not Once a Year

Legislative leadership just released a draft proposal for tax reform that includes a proposal to increase the total sales tax on groceries in Utah from 3.0 percent to 6.1 percent. Utahns Against Hunger opposes taxing food because the tax hurts low income households ability to pay household costs and increases food insecurity (based on Auburn University study, Utah’s food insecurity rate could increase by 1.8 percent in non-SNAP eligible household).

Simply put—the Sales Tax on Food is not a math problem, it is a moral problem. Utahns overwhelming oppose the Sales Tax on Food.

The tax proposal attempts to reduce the impact of the food tax by creating income tax credits and exemptions that will be available for some families. It would take some time, and serious accounting skills, to figure out how many low income families would benefit from these provisions and how many would not benefit. We strongly encourage legislators to ask for this type of analysis to be conducted before any votes on the package.

Regardless of what further analysis shows, we already know that with skyrocketing rents that are growing much faster than wages many working families are struggling on a week to week basis and can't afford to wait until tax day to get relief from a food tax hike.

You can do your part by signing this petition opposing a food tax hike, and by attending  the first public hearing on this proposal next week on Tuesday, October 22, at 4:30 PM in Room 30 of the House Building-- which is immediately northwest of the Capitol Building.