Missouri lawmakers have sent legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon that would levy local sales taxes on vehicles purchased in other states with voters’ approval. The Governor vetoed a similar bill last year because it did not give local voters a say in whether they wanted such a tax.
In addition, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled last year that sales tax collections must be limited to purchases made in Missouri, except in cities and counties that had already approved a sales tax on out-of-state vehicle purchases. The sponsor, Republican Sen. Mike Kehoe of Jefferson City, says the decision caused cities and counties to lose 43 million dollars in revenue last year.
“And then dealers are losing hundreds, if not thousands, of sales on RV’s, trailers and cars because of this initiative, and those purchases are going outside of our state," Kehoe said. "And when those purchases go outside of the state, so, too, will the jobs.”
This year’s version of the bill requires local governments to hold a vote on whether to block collecting sales taxes on out-of-state vehicle purchases. Kehoe says he worked closely with the Governor’s Office on the bill’s language and is pretty sure it’ll be signed into law this year.