Missouri mayors want lawmakers to act on online sales tax
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A group of Missouri mayors is asking Gov. Mike Parson to call lawmakers back to work to ensure that the state collects online sales taxes, the Kansas City Star reported Thursday.
The mayors asked Parson to call a special session so lawmakers can pass a bill to require out-of-state online retailers to collect Missouri sales taxes.
“Our state, counties and cities all could use the extra funding as the COVID virus has placed a huge dent in our sales tax revenues,” Pleasant Valley Mayor David Slater wrote in a letter to Parson. “This would not be a one-time revenue boost; it would provide a much needed annual benefit and level the playing field for our Missouri businesses.”
Lawmakers failed to pass an online sales tax bill before their annual legislative session ended earlier this month.
Legislative leaders have already predicted they’ll likely have to return to the Capitol at some point this year to accept more federal coronavirus funding or to fix possible issues with the state budget amid declining state revenues.