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Business owners protest proposed tax overhaul

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A group of small business owners gathered Wednesday evening with one message.

The new tax bill – being proposed – would hurt you, the consumer, and scores of small businesses.

The crux of the sales tax expansion, called House Bill 441, is to broaden the base of those who pay sales tax. It’s a base that doesn’t currently include the service industry – but soon, could.

That means those who sell and buy services, will be taxed.
Business owners from the service industry, like contractors, painters, accountants and even tourism officials spoke out against the bill.

“I’ve been very concerned about the impact it would have on business. Both are consumers, and small business owners, and so all I did was just get on the phone today and start calling people I knew and business owners,” said Dalane England, business owner.

The bill also reduces the current income tax rate. Lawmakers who proposed the plan say an average Utahns would average $634 in savings over the current tax code. Right now, the bill remains held in the House.

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