Utah Counties Lead Nation for Most IRS Exemptions

Utah Counties Lead Nation for Most IRS Exemptions

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Big, Utah families are saving Mom and Dad a little bit of money when it comes to their taxes.

Three Utah counties claimed the top five spots for the most exemptions claimed on federal tax reforms.

Millard County topped the list with 2.91 exemptions in 2003. That's according to an analysis of I-R-S data by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

Utah also had the Number two spot, with Sanpete County's average of 2.90 exemptions.

Third on the list is Shannon County (2.89) in South Dakota, followed by Idaho's Franklin County (2.88).

Utah's Juab County (2.87) rounded out the top five.

In all, 18 Utah counties made the top 50 -- more than any other state.

The Syracuse University report mirrored results from the 2000 Census, which also showed Utah with the largest families of any state.


For the 2004 filing year, exemptions reduced taxable income for most families by at least $3,100.

For a taxpayer in the 10 percent tax bracket, each exemption could trim the federal income tax due by $310 per child. In the 35 percent tax bracket, the exemption could climb to savings of $1,085 per child.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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