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Senator Questions Utah Tax Of Social Security

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah lawmaker is questioning why the state is only of only 13 in the nation that tax the Social Security benefits of elderly residents. 

State Sen. Todd Weiler says he intends to pursue legislation that would grant a state income tax exemption - at least for low-income retired residents.

The Woods Cross Republican says he was unaware of the policy until an elderly person in his district brought it to his attention. He says he was surprised to learn that in addition to the nine states that have no income tax, 28 states completely exempt Social Security income from state tax.

Weiler told The Salt Lake Tribune that the state can't afford to give up the estimated $63,000,000 that comes in from the tax, but he wants to look into creating some exemptions for poorer people.