High court denies waste-tax deductions

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The Utah Supreme Court on Friday denied EnergySolutions Inc. two big tax deductions the company says it deserves.

The five justices, in a decision penned by Chief Justice Christine Durham, agreed with a lower court ruling that clarified the Salt Lake City-based nuclear waste company’s obligations under a 2001 tax. In 2006, the low-level waste site in Tooele County expanded dramatically and changed its name to EnergySolutions.

“The Radioactive Waste Tax Act and its amended version, the Radioactive Waste Facility Tax Act, are unambiguous in requiring the inclusion of all payments received by Envirocare for the receipt and disposal of radioactive waste in its gross receipts for tax purposes,” Durham wrote. “The statute does not permit Envirocare to deduct from its gross receipts amounts it bills customers for use either in paying its Waste Tax or in meeting its contractual obligations to Tooele County.”

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_11473122

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