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Chapter 144

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  144.757.  Local use tax — rate of tax — ballot of submission — notice to director of revenue — repeal or reduction of local sales tax, effect on local use tax. — 1.  Any county or municipality may, by a majority vote of its governing body, impose a local use tax if a local sales tax is imposed as defined in section 32.085 or if a sales tax is imposed under section 94.850 or 94.890, with such local use tax imposed at a rate equal to the rate of the local sales tax  and any sales tax imposed under section 94.850 or 94.890 by such county or municipality; provided, however, that no ordinance or order enacted pursuant to sections 144.757 to 144.761 shall be effective unless the governing body of the county or municipality submits to the voters thereof at a municipal, county or state general, primary or special election a proposal to authorize the governing body of the county or municipality to impose a local use tax pursuant to sections 144.757 to 144.761.

  (1)  The ballot of submission shall contain substantially the following language:

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Shall the ______ (county or municipality's name) impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action?
☐ YES ☐ NO
If you are in favor of the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "YES".  If you are opposed to the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "NO".

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  (2)  If any of such ballots are submitted on August 6, 1996, and if a majority of the votes cast on the proposal by the qualified voters voting thereon are in favor of the proposal, then the ordinance or order and any amendments thereto shall be in effect October 1, 1996, provided the director of revenue receives notice of adoption of the local use tax on or before August 16, 1996.  If any of such ballots are submitted after December 31, 1996, and if a majority of the votes cast on the proposal by the qualified voters voting thereon are in favor of the proposal, then the ordinance or order and any amendments thereto shall be in effect on the first day of the calendar quarter which begins at least forty-five days after the director of revenue receives notice of adoption of the local use tax.  If a majority of the votes cast by the qualified voters voting are opposed to the proposal, then the governing body of the county or municipality shall have no power to impose the local use tax as herein authorized unless and until the governing body of the county or municipality shall again have submitted another proposal to authorize the governing body of the county or municipality to impose the local use tax and such proposal is approved by a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon.

  2.  The local use tax may be imposed at the same rate as the local sales tax then currently in effect in the county or municipality upon all transactions which are subject to the taxes imposed pursuant to sections 144.600 to 144.745 within the county or municipality adopting such tax; provided, however, that if any local sales tax is repealed or the rate thereof is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be deemed to be repealed, reduced or raised by the same action repealing, reducing or raising the local sales tax.

  3.  For purposes of sections 144.757 to 144.761, the use tax may be referred to or described as the equivalent of a sales tax on purchases made from out-of-state sellers by in-state buyers and on certain intrabusiness transactions.  Such a description shall not change the classification, form or subject of the use tax or the manner in which it is collected.  The use tax shall not be described as a new tax or as not a new tax and shall not be advertised or promoted in a manner in violation of section 115.646.

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(L. 1996 S.B. 981, A.L. 2000 H.B. 1238, A.L. 2004 H.B. 795, et al. merged with H.B. 833 merged with S.B. 1155, A.L. 2007 S.B. 22, A.L. 2021 S.B. 153 & 97)

(2005) Local use tax statutes are constitutional under Commerce Clause analysis; courts compare only intra-jurisdictional sales and use tax rates and not those of different taxing jurisdictions. Kirkwood Glass Co. v. Director of Revenue, 166 S.W.3d 583 (Mo.banc).


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