A bill passed today would bring equality to Missouri’s tax courts, ending an unfair bias against many of the state’s employers. All that’s needed now is a signature from Gov. Jay Nixon.
House Bill 1455 is sponsored by Rep. Denny Hoskins, a Republican from Warrensburg. The bill was given unanimous, final approval in the Senate today and would ensure that all taxpayers are presumed innocent when the Missouri Department of Revenue chooses to bring them to court in a tax dispute. Under current state law, companies with more than 500 employees and a net worth of greater than $7 million are actually presumed guilty in the state’s tax courts. All other taxpayers are presumed innocent in tax disputes.
“How is it ethical for our state to single out a portion of our taxpayers and treat them differently than everyone else?” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “This bill addresses that basic issue of fairness. We urge the governor to quickly sign this bill and make it law. It’s time for all Missouri taxpayers to be treated equally.”
The Missouri Chamber would like to thank state lawmakers for addressing this longstanding issue and for their work to bring more fairness to the tax system.