The Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) has gone too far in recent audits, said Tracy King, vice president of governmental affairs for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, during a press conference April. The press conference was called by several Missouri lawmakers to highlight concerns about the way the Missouri Department of Revenue is handling small business sales tax issues. During the press conference T.J. Rehak, a small business owner from Lee’s Summit, recounted how an audit by the Missouri revenue department nearly put his gymnastics center out of business.
“We are hearing from small businesses across the state about the DOR’s overreaching audits,” said King. “We are here today to remind DOR that its job is to collect taxes as defined by law, not redefine the law through audits.”
King cited several cases where Missouri’s revenue department crossed the line in aggressive audits targeting small businesses. The audits catch the small businesses off-guard because items that previously were not taxed are now being classified differently in order to raise taxes.
“We won’t stand for back-door tax increases implemented by bureaucrats,” said King. “That’s not how the law works.”
Joining King at the press conference were Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit; Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield; Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City; Rep. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg; Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield; and Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob. These lawmakers have sponsored or are handling tax reform bills this legislative session.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.mochamber.com) was founded in 1923 and is the largest business association in Missouri, representing almost 3,000 employers providing more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians.