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Missouri Governor Vetos Car Tax


On July 12, 2012, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed House Bill 1329 “…which would have imposed a new car tax on Missourians—without a vote of the people,” according to the Governor’s explanation.  

The “…bill specifies that it is the intent of the legislature to reject and abrogate the portion of the [results of a recent case]… interpreting local sales taxes to be inapplicable to out-of-state purchases of these items.”

The Governor agrees with the court that “…voters have the right to decide whether local jurisdictions impose a use tax on vehicles purchased out-of-state.” However, the law would have made it possible to impose the tax without a vote of the people. According to the Governor’s press release, “[m]ore than 90 cities- and 40 counties – in Missouri have voted to enact such a tax.”

Vehicles purchased out-of- state will still be required to pay state sales tax when registering the vehicle in Missouri, but local taxes will only be applicable if the local jurisdictions have voted approval to apply local sales tax to out-of-state vehicle purchases.

Columbia, Missouri just discovered that there are ways to evade paying local sales taxes when registering a vehicle. Read More….

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”