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


Chris Jensen and Chris Wharton have been married for six years....
Mike Anderson

LGBTQ+ community concerned Supreme Court could revisit same-sex marriage

An opinion filed by Justice Clarence Thomas has some people concerned over whether the Supreme Court could reconsider other past rulings, including same-sex marriage and contraception.
1 day ago
Erin Cox

Faith leaders: Abortion conversation has changed, not religious stances

KSL's Erin Cox spoke one-on-one with some of Utah's most influential faith leaders about how their stances on abortion have not changed, but the conversations surrounding them have.
1 day ago
FILE: Image of a pregnant woman. (Deseret News, Sara Reid)...
Ashley Moser

Does Utah adequately fund support for women with unwanted pregnancies?

The number one reason Utah women seek an abortion is socioeconomic, according to statistics from the Utah Department of Health. As KSL's Ashley Moser explains, experts say there are policies lawmakers should consider right now to help women financially.
1 day ago
The Utah State Capitol on Friday, March 25 when the Utah House and Senate voted to overturn a veto....
Larry D. Curtis

BREAKING: Abortion now prohibited in Utah

The Utah law prohibiting abortion, with some exceptions, is now part of Utah legal code according to a notice sent from the Utah State Legislature Friday.
1 day ago
Meeting of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with representatives of foreign media. (Ukrainia...
Associated Press

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts
1 day ago
Abortion-rights and Anti-Abortion rights activists fill first street in front of the U.S. Supreme C...
Cindy St. Clair

How abortion laws will change in states surrounding Utah

The Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health allows states to reshape abortion laws. Utah’s trigger law will restrict abortion in most cases. Here’s a look at what laws will look like in surrounding intermountain states.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
New Laws In 2019 Include Online Sales Tax For Out-Of-State Purchases