SPRINGFIELD, MO. – The official campaign for Amendment 4 kicked off Monday in Springfield. It’s a state-wide effort to prevent the addition of sales taxes on everyday services across Missouri.
Dozens showed up to the kick-off rally. Many of them local realtors. All of them with one goal in mind – keep legislators from adding sales tax to services in the state of Missouri.
“A haircut, a day care, a veterinarian service for your pet, car repair. Rent is a service. All of these things add up,” said Scott Charton, spokesman for Missourians for Fair Taxation
In just 56 days, voters will see an amendment on the ballot asking if they want to prohibit new state or local taxes on services.
“It benefits consumers,” Charton said.
The coalition Missourians For Fair Taxation held a kick-off event to spread the word about what Amendment Four is and to encourage voters to say yes.
“By voting yes, that means no to more taxes on services,” said Brenda Duree, a professional realtor with Old World Realty.
There’s been a proposal to add sales tax to services in the last seven legislative sessions. In 2009, it passed the House but didn’t make it through the Senate.
“We think that’s too close for comfort,” said Charton.
Charton says North Carolina and Washington state already have sales tax on services, and Oklahoma has proposed it.
“Politicians borrow bad ideas, that’s why we need to vote yes on Amendment Four,” he said.
For local service providers, more taxes would mean more money coming out of consumers’ pockets. Something they say they want to avoid.
“On top of the fees and everything when you purchase a house because that’s a lot of money – it’s usually the most expensive thing a person buys in a lifetime. And we don’t want them to be taxed any additional, any extra money,” Duree said.
Duree says she will be spreading the word with a tool realtors are familiar with.
“We have signs. So, that’s why I’m here, we want to put signs out in people’s yards,” she said.
Among organizations that are part of the coalition are the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Missouri Bankers Association, and the Missouri Press and Broadcast Associations, because ads also fall under the category of a service.