Missouri – State Website Offers Use Tax Answers

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Maryville voters approved a use tax last week, but some still had questions about how it would function.

One of the most common questions posed on The Forum’s Facebook page both before and after the election was some version of, how will online vendors know when a use tax takes effect, and what customers need to have the tax added to their charges?

First, only online vendors who have a physical location in Missouri will start charging Maryville residents the use tax.

That could change soon because of a Supreme Court ruling and, more immediately, because of a bill passed in the Missouri House this week that would eliminate the requirement of a physical “nexus” in the state, substituting in a minimum amount of sales or revenue instead. That legislation has not yet been approved by the Senate.

If the online vendor meets that requirement, then it will need to start adding the local use tax to customers’ bills starting on July 1.

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APRIL 12, 2019