New Laws In 2019 Include Online Sales Tax For Out-Of-State Purchases

Dec 31, 2018, 6:35 PM | Updated: Jan 1, 2019, 10:32 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The new year always means new state laws and the ones that may affect you the most involves taxes. Beginning in 2019, when you buy online, you’ll also be paying Utah sales tax.

You may have already been warned with emails by out-of-state online retailers you’ve shopped with in the past.

“You could call it a new tax, in the sense that in various places, before that sales tax was not collected, but now it is,” said Rusty Cannon, vice president of the Utah Taxpayer Association.

In the past, Utahns were supposed to pay sales tax for any out-of-state purchases when filing their state income taxes. Statistics suggested just one percent of Utahns complied.

Last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states can require out-of-state retailers to include state sales tax. Utah was one of six states to pass legislation taking advantage of the change.

Lawmakers who supported the online sales tax said it will help to level the playing field for brick and mortar stores who complained about losing sales to customers who could buy it online, without paying any sales tax.

State officials expected an estimated addition of $200 million a year in collected taxes, just from online sales tax. So far, lawmakers have cut other taxes in Utah by $85 million.

“The Utah Taxpayers Association is always advocating for fair and lower taxes and anytime there is an increase in revenue for government we would like to see that returned to taxpayers,” Cannon added. “The legislature made that promise that they would do that with this $200 million, and we want to make sure they continue to fulfill that promise.”

Other laws were scheduled to go into effect, ax well.

Motor home owners will now pay an age-based registration fee – $640 for units under three years and as low as $90 for a vehicle older than 15 years.

Charter schools in Utah will have more oversight beginning in 2019, including senate approval now required of members who sit on the state charter school board.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


Shelby Lofton

Utah lawmakers discussing multiple domestic violence bills to protect victims

A domestic violence amendment bill — SB117 — has made it one step closer to reaching the governor's desk.
1 day ago
Utahns filling up their cars with gas. (KSL-TV)...
Matt Rascon

Gas prices jump 26 cents in one week, Utah governor blames supply

Gas prices have shot up more than usual in January, with increases Utahns generally see in March, and Gov. Cox said closed refineries and increased demand is to blame.
2 days ago
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 10: In this photo illustration, the FTX website is seen on a computer o...
Allison Morrow

FTX to politicians: Give us back our donations or we’ll sue you

New FTX management is pressuring hundreds of politicians and political organizations to return millions of dollars donated by them or its founders before it went bankrupt.
2 days ago
This week on Sunday Edition, Doug Wright is joined by KSL reporter Ladd Egan to look ahead at abort...

Sunday Edition: Utah Abortion Bill, School Vouchers

This week on Sunday Edition, Doug Wright is joined by KSL reporter Ladd Egan to look ahead at abortion access legislation being unveiled on Utah's Capitol Hill and speak to the representative who brought the school choice bill into law and their future bills.
3 days ago
This photo purports to show the suspected Chinese balloon flying over Mills River, North Carolina, ...
Heather Chen and Wayne Chang

China says it ‘reserves the right’ to deal with ‘similar situations’ after US jets shoot down suspected spy balloon

China says it "reserves the right" to deal with "similar situations" following the United States' decision to shoot down its high-altitude balloon.
3 days ago
HOV lanes for pregnant women...
Katija Stjepovic

House passes bill allowing pregnant women to drive solo in HOV lanes

Pregnant women may soon be allowed to drive solo in HOV lanes after a bill allowing just that passed in the Utah House of Representatives Friday.
5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
New Laws In 2019 Include Online Sales Tax For Out-Of-State Purchases