I've been asked twice in the past couple of weeks what Utah's sales tax rate is, and even though I've lived here most of my life, I just couldn't remember. That's not really a surprise, since sales tax in Utah varies from city to city and from one purchase to another.
The sales tax you pay on any purchase is a combination of different state, county and local taxes. The combined sales tax rate varies from 5.95% to 7.95% in different parts of the state. I've taken a little time to figure out the details of Utah's state sales tax, including what the rates are and where the money goes.
One fact to keep in mind is that if you shop in the city where you live, part of the sales tax will go to provide services in your city. So you might want to think about spending your money close to home to gain more of the benefit from the taxes you pay.
Photo by Tom Cockrem.