Missouri Arts Groups Stunned By New Sales Tax Directive

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Missouri lawmakers are taking steps to rein in the Department of Revenue after arts organizations, fitness centers and dance studios in different parts of the state were told that they would have to start paying sales taxes on ticket, tuition and membership fees.

The new interpretation of existing law touched off panic among Kansas City nonprofit arts groups after three theater companies received letters in early March from the Department of Revenue informing them that they now were required to pay sales taxes on single ticket and concession sales. Meanwhile, the state Senate has passed a bill that will spell out the precise limits of what the Revenue Department can demand in sales taxes from organizations.

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