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Central city officials learn about use tax

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 6:33 am

Nearly 100 government officials from across Mid-Missouri turned up for the Missouri Municipal League, Mid-Missouri Conference, Wednesday, January 15 at the Presser Performing Arts Center.

They were there to discuss the Use Tax, described by presenter Stewart Haynes, MML policy and membership associate, as “not a new tax, but as a way to plug a hole in the net.”

Centralia and Sturgeon officials at the recent MML meeting in Mexico.

The tax he said, is an extension of local sales tax, designed to enable counties and municipalities to collect sales tax revenue from internet sales.

“A use tax can be thought of as a sales tax on good purchased out-of-state and shipped to Missouri,” Haynes said as he explained the concept to the audience. “It is imposed directly upon the person that stores, uses or consumes tangible personal property in Missouri.”

One point that Haynes repeated, an important one judging by the audience’s reaction, was a “Use tax does not apply If the purchase is from a Missouri retailer and subject to Missouri sales tax.”

For the complete article see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.