Families in Utah with Incomes Just Below the Poverty Line Are Subject to the Income Tax
Utahs 1999 income tax threshold the income level at which families begin paying income tax:
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For two-parent families of four: $15,500.
For single-parent families of three: $12,600.
Utahs 1999 income tax on working-poor and near-poor families:
For families of four with incomes at the poverty line ($17,028): $38.
For families of three with incomes at the poverty line ($13,290): $17.
No tax on families of three or four with full-time minimum-wage earnings ($10,712). For families of four with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($21,285): $216.
For families of three with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($16,613): $129.
Utah has consistently taxed families with incomes below the poverty line.
Utahs tax threshold for families of four has increased during the 1990s, but a gap remains between the threshold and the poverty line.
In 1991, a family of four owed tax when its income exceeded 88 percent of the poverty line. For 1999, Utahs tax threshold is 91 percent of the poverty line.