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Ban on food tax clears panel, goes to Senate A bill that would do away with the state sales tax on food has been sent to the full Senate.

Ban on food tax clears panel, goes to Senate A bill that would do away with the state sales tax on food has been sent to the full Senate.

A Senate committee voted 5-0 Tuesday to advance SB31, which would remove the tax over three years beginning in fiscal 2000.

For the first two years, the sales tax on food would continue to be collected at the cash registers. But every Utahn filing a state tax return would receive a $40 credit the first year and an $80 credit the second year. By the third year, the credits would end and the tax would be repealed in stores statewide.

"This is a nonpartisan issue," said Senate Minority Leader Scott Howell, D-Granite, who is co-sponsoring the bill with Sen. Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville.

"This is what good government is all about. The real winners will be the citizens of Utah."

The Utah Taxpayers Association supports the bill.