Local businesses would undoubtedly bring in more money if they didn’t have to pay taxes, but legally they can’t do that.
However, sometimes those local businesses are competing against big online retailers who do get that advantage.
If the ground was level and everyone had to contribute to voter-approved sales taxes, it could bring about $180 million more to Missouri, at conservative estimates, according to the United States Government Accountability Office.
Two bills are active in Jefferson City that would tax internet sales.
Senate bill 189, sponsored by Republican Sen. Sandy Crawford, would allow local use taxes to charge the same amount local sales taxes charge and would go into effect Oct. 1. House bill 548, sponsored by Republican House Representative J. Eggleston, would decrease the overall income tax while also taxing internet sales, and it would go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.
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by ryan hennessy
april 7, 2019