It was called the Jones-Mascaro bill, after Democratic State Representative Pat Jones and Republican Representative Steve Mascaro. The idea was to limit the income tax break that large families were getting under Utah law. Over a dozen years, the legislature rejected the idea time after time.
But now, thanks to the tax reform enacted by Congress and the response of the Utah legislature to those changes, a policy similar to Jones-Mascaro is in place – and that means some larger families will be paying significantly higher state income taxes in the coming year.
In this edition of Utah Thrives, we’ll hear from Utah Foundation Research Analyst Christopher Collard, former Utah Senate President and current Tax Commission Chair John Valentine and former Utah State Senator Pat Jones.