Don't Subject Legal Services to Utah Sales Tax

A proposed bill in Utah, House Bill 441, would "[impose] a state sales and use tax on amounts paid or charged for services," among many other things. In the bill's current form, this would include a tax on legal services. This is not good public policy.

My practice focus on estate planning. I try to ensure that my bill for an estate plan for someone with limited means is as low as possible. While my fees are not inexpensive, they are lower than what most estate planning attorneys in Utah charge, and I provide far greater value than a general practitioner without a focus on estate planning might charge.

Many individuals still try to save money through a "do it yourself" estate plan or by hiring someone who charges less but has limited estate planning experience. I have many clients involved in estate disputes that arise due to an ineffectual estate plan; these disputes cost thousands of dollars and often could have been avoided if a good estate plan had been implemented in the first place.

A sales tax on legal services would increase the cost of those services, thereby leading more individuals to look for cheaper and less effective options. This would result in more estate disputes that would require significantly more in legal fees to resolve (which dispute fees would be subject to sales tax). Of course, the problems described herein apply not just to estate planning services but other legal services sought by vulnerable individuals such as those dealing with divorce, domestic violence, debt collection, personal injury, criminal charges, landlord problems, and bankruptcy. Please tell your legislator that you oppose a state sales tax on amounts charged for legal services.

2 comments:

The Solution for Your IRS Tax Problems

Have a look Tax Relief Services of Defense Tax Group that you should read about in details:

Offer In Compromise
Un-filled Tax Returns, Tax Relief for IRS Tax Debt
IRS Tax Attorney Help for Audit
Remove Tax Liens, Subordination and Withdrawal
Tax Liens, Tax Levy & Wage Garnishment Appeal

A. When You Need a Tax Resolution Specialist

1) When the IRS is hounding you.
2) You have not filed taxes for more than a year in a row.
3) You owe big bucks.
4) The IRS is just like you, they can make mistakes too!
5) You don’t know what to do.

B. How to settle with the IRS- read below points:

1. Installment Agreement:
2. Partial payment installment agreement:
3. Offer in Compromise:
4. Not currently collectible:
5. Lower Your Debt With Credit Card Debt Settlement:
6. File bankruptcy:
7. Release Wage Garnishments.
8. Stop the IRS from Levying Your Bank Account.
9. Innocent Spouse Relief.
10. Pay Attention to the Expiration of the Statue of Limitations.

Great blog giving information regarding legal services. Those key points that you have shared are beneficial for tax services in San Jose also.