JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Missouri voters will soon decide whether the state constitution should be amended to protect against new taxes on services.
Spokesman Scott Charton says he wants voters to say “yes” to Constitutional Amendment Four, an amendment that changes the constitution to protect against new taxes on things like haircuts, lawn care and other services. Missouri currently taxes tangible goods and some services.
“We don’t think those should be subject to taxation and it’s as simple as that. We are trying to…protect Missourians from any kind of new tax on the services we use every day.”
The petition for Constitutional Amendment Four reads “In order to prohibit an increase in the tax burden on the citizens of Missouri, state and local sales and use taxes (or any similar transaction-based tax) shall not be expanded to impose taxes on any services or transaction that was not subjected to sales, use or similar transaction-based tax.”
The Fair Ballot Language states “A ‘yes’ vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to prohibit a new state or local sales/use or other similar tax on any service or transaction.”
Charton says there needs to be a constitutional protection so the Department of Revenue doesn’t come in later to impose new taxes.
“They did it on dance lessons, they did it on yoga, they had a case involving Alberici Construction out of St. Louis that made its to the Supreme Court. They are actually putting new taxes on delivery services,” he says.
Charton says Amendment Four would not only protect everyday services from taxes, but it would be a bold statement to Jefferson City. “It adds constitutional strength, it adds a voter mandate to these bureaucrats as well as the politicians that going forward you can’t touch services we use every day.”
Opponents of the measure say the state wouldn’t be able to adapt to new technology in a shifting economy and the amendment is attacking a problem that doesn’t exist.
Scott Charton was a guest on the Mark Reardon Show.
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