Native American Income (code 77)


Utah Code §59-10-114(2)(b) and (e)

A member of a Native American tribe in Utah who lives and works on the reservation where he/she is an enrolled member is exempt from Utah income tax on the reservation income.

A “reservation” must be within the currently recognized reservation boundaries set by the federal government. This includes land removed from the Uintah and Ouray Reservation under Hagen vs. Utah (510 U.S. 399 (1994)).

You must include qualifying income in your federal adjusted gross income in order to subtract it on your Utah return.

Passive income (interest, dividends, etc.) you receive is also not taxable if you are a Native American living on a reservation. Your passive income is taxable if you live off the reservation.

The following table shows the conditions for subtracting income earned by tribal and non-tribal members.

Resides on Reservation? Employed on Reservation? May Claim Deduction?
Yes Yes Yes, on income earned on the reservation where enrolled
No Yes No
Yes No Not on income earned off the reservation *
Yes No, earn military income off the reservation Yes, on military income earned off the reservation
No No No
Yes, but a non-tribal member Yes No
No Yes, but non-Native American No

* If you are required to work both on and off the reservation, please contact the Utah State Tax Commission at 801-297-7705 or toll-free at 1-800-662-4335 extension 7705, to determine if the income qualifies for this deduction.

Enter the exempt income (subtraction) on your Utah TC-40A, Part 2, using code 77.

You must also enter on the TC-40A your enrollment/census number and Nation/Tribe code from the following list.

Code Nation / Tribe
1 Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation
2 Navajo Nation Reservation
3 Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah
4 Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians
5 Ute Indian Tribe
6 Other tribe

Keep all records and documentation to support this subtraction.

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