State Publicizes Who Pays
The State Department of Revenue launched the website to help track which businesses have had their sales tax license revoked.
"The intent of the website is to make Missourians aware that there are businesses who are collecting sales tax and witholding tax, and not remitting that to the state," says Maura Browning of the Missouri Department of Revenue. "In other words, they are collecting taxes and they're keeping them, and that's a violation of the law."
Browning says the state loses up-to $50 million each year and that her office tries to collect the owed money before posting a business on the website.
"Businesses have quite a while before they would show up on this list," says Browning. "They would go through a series of notices from the Department of Revenue, often times phone calls from the Department of Revenue, to the business from the Department of Revenue employees."
There are 48 businesses in Columbia on the sales tax website. KOMU news attempted to reach all of these businesses but were only able to find one business owner, who declined to be on camera, but admitted to an outstanding sales tax balance. He said that business is now closed.