The Missouri Chamber holds that all taxpayers should be innocent until proven guilty – including large employers

This week, the Missouri Chamber’s Tracy King told a Senate committee that current Missouri tax policy denies Missouri large employers a basic right – innocence until proven guilty. The Missouri Chamber testified in support of legislation presented to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means that would shift the burden of proof in tax disputes from employer taxpayers to the Department of Revenue (DOR).

This bill is an enhancement to legislation passed in previous years that shifted the burden of proof from individuals and small businesses to the Revenue Department. The Missouri Chamber has been the lead proponent of this movement since the Missouri Legislature first looked at the issue in 1999.

The bill under review by the Senate committee is Senate Bill 829, sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus, a Republican from Lee’s Summit.

“The Missouri Chamber holds that innocence until proven guilty is an unconditional right of every Missouri taxpayer, including large employers,” King said. “I challenge the department to show me how they can draw a correlation between size of business and the frequency of tax evasion.”

Similar legislation was approved this week by the Missouri House Committee on Rules. That bill is House Bill 1455, sponsored by Rep. Denny Hoskins, a Republican from Warrensburg. That means HB 1455 could be debated as early as next week.

For more information on tax issues, contact Tracy King, Missouri Chamber vice president of governmental affairs, at tking@mochamber.com, or by phone at 573-634-3511.

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