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Taxes for Canadian Businesses in the USA – Utah

This is the eleventh FAQ of this series on taxes for Canadian businesses in the USA.

Question:

What state taxes does a Canadian business pay in Utah?

Answer:

Sales Tax

Utah’s statewide sales tax rate is 4.85%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 9.05%.

Use Tax

Utah’s statewide use tax rate is 4.85%.

Unemployment Tax (Payroll Tax)

If you have employees working in Utah, you must pay unemployment taxes on their gross wages up to the taxable wage base ($36,600 as of 2020). Utah’s unemployment tax rates for new employers vary by industry category and range from 1% to 7.1%.

Withholding (Payroll Tax)

If you have an employee earning an income while in Utah you must withhold a certain percentage of their income from each payroll.  The amount of tax you withhold from an employee depends on the length of your pay period, the employee’s gross pay and the number of withholding allowances/ exemptions claimed on the employee’s W-4.

Franchise Tax (Income Tax)

Business activity in Utah is typically subject to Utah’s 4.66% franchise tax on net income. There is a minimum franchise tax of $100.

Discussion:

If you remain under certain thresholds in this state you are not responsible for taxes.

TaxThreshold
Sales$100,000 or 200 transactions
Use$100,000

Franchise Tax (Income Tax)

Use taxes are often treated as income taxes by the Canadian government when calculating income in Canada and applying for foreign tax credits. Meaning if you pay use tax in the USA but have no net profit, you will not benefit from a tax credit theoretically. The actual application is a bit more complex.

Income taxes in the USA are almost always treated as income taxes by the Canadian government. Thus, in the majority of cases, if you pay tax in the state you don’t pay tax again in Canada unless the Canadian rate is higher.


If you are considering business in Utah, including sales over $100,000 to residents and businesses in Utah, please contact a member of the EPR tax team by completing the contact form below. Our tax experts can advise on the best structure to reduce or minimize the impact of the taxes.

Canadian and foreign tax laws are complex and have a tendency to change on a frequent basis. As such, the content published above is believed to be accurate as of the date of this post. Before implementing any tax planning, please seek professional advice from a qualified tax professional. EPR Maple Ridge Langley, Chartered Professional Accountants will not accept any liability for any tax ramifications that may result from acting based on the information contained above.


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