The organizations representing both sides of the tax initiatives issue are now paying attention to a law requiring that they register with the state before soliciting contributions.

Both the Tax Limitation Coalition, which supports the initiatives, and the Taxpayers For Utah, which opposes the tax-cutting measures, contacted the state for information on registering late Friday.

The calls came after inquiries by the Deseret News, which reported Saturday that neither organization had answered an Aug. 17 letter from the state Division of Consumer Protection Division.

Neither organization has responded to the letter yet. Because of their contact, each has another five days to comply with the state charitable solicitations act.

Failure to comply with the law is a class B misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to to $1,000 fine and as much as six months in jail. However, the division policy is not to seek prosecution against organizations that eventually comply with the law.

"Both seemed to be cooperative," said Dixie Minson, division director, of the representatives of the two organizations that she spoke with. "We'll see."

Before the Tax Limitation Coalition can register with the division, coalition leaders will have to file with the state Department of Business Regulations for reinstatement as a corporation.

The coalition was suspended by the department's division of corporations on May 1 for failing to file an annual report due on the first anniversary of its incorporation, March 24.

Radio talk show host Mills Crenshaw, a founder of the coalition, said the organization will do whatever it needs to do in order to conform to the state law.

"We feel that basically, the law did not apply, but we have no problem in registering if that's the easiest thing to do and if that's what Dixie feels should be done," Crenshaw said.

Taxpayers For Utah, which incorporated in the state last May, is considered a corporation in good standing with the state Department of Business Regulations.

The organization's campaign director, Phil Mettra, said that he talked with Minson on Friday and asked that the registration information be sent out a second time, since no one in the organization received it the first time it was mailed.

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Mettra said the lawyers who are volunteering their services to Taxpayers For Utah will review the charitable solicitations act to see if it applies to the organization.

"We're strictly political," Mettra said, explaining that there is a question of whether the organization's fund raising can be considered charitable soliciting.

Minson has said that even if an organization is uncertain whether it falls under the law, an application must be filled out so the division can rule on the organization's status.

Organizations formed to support or oppose a specific political issue are not covered by the law requiring political candidates and political action committees to submit expense reports to the lieutenant governor's office.

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