Missouri Supreme Court Denies Schnucks Tax Exemption

Grocery chain Schnuck Markets Inc. won’t get a sales tax refund for electricity and natural gas used to operate the bakery departments at 40 Missouri stores because the bakeries are not “processing centers,” the state Supreme Court ruled.

The utility tax exemption for processing centers was designed to promote manufacturing growth in the state. After the law was enacted in 2007, the Missouri Department of Revenue defined “processing” as a bakery that “creates baked goods for sale directly to the public or through retailers.”

Other retailers, including Dierbergs Markets Inc. and Companion Bakery, sought utility sales tax refunds but were denied by the Department of Revenue.

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