Missouri Lawmakers Push for Internet Sales Tax

7 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, December 29 2011 Dec 29, 2011 Thursday, December 29, 2011 4:41:00 AM CST December 29, 2011 in News
By: Sophia Petenakis

JEFFERSON CITY - Some Missouri lawmakers are renewing their efforts to push for a state-wide internet sales tax. This is the third or fourth attempt by some Missouri lawmakers.

More people shopped online for the holidays this year than in years past. Many did so to avoid the state's 9.4 percent sales tax. It was ruled in 1992 by the U.S. Supreme Court that states cannot force companies to pay sales or use taxes unless they have a physical presence in the state.

It's estimated that Missouri will lose out on almost $188 million from uncollected taxes on internet purchases this year.

Some lawmakers argue that's a lot of money the state could use for government-funded activities and by not collecting these taxes, it is hurting locally-run businesses.

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