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Activists urge voters to approve service tax ban in November



On Nov. 8,  Missouri voters will decide on a number of controversial ballot questions, but a far less attention-grabbing question is a measure that could affect sales taxes on services.

Constitutional Amendment 4 would ban sales and use taxes on any service that was not already being taxed as of Jan. 1, 2015. It would ban the state and local governments alike from assessing sales taxes on services such as haircuts, day care and doctor visits. Currently, consumers don’t pay taxes on those services.

Scott Charton is spokesman for the group Missourians for Fair Taxation, which is sponsoring the amendment. Charton said sales taxes are regressive, proving most costly for those who can least afford them.

So far, there is no formal opposition to the amendment in Missouri. However, proponents in other states of taxing services argue that increasing tax collections boosts revenues for local governments.

Read more: KCUR

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