JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House gave approval recently to legislation that would protect Missouri taxpayers from what state Rep. Ken Wilson believes is an overly broad interpretation of the state’s entertainment tax.
Cosponsored by Wilson, HB 1463 would exempt activities such as gym memberships, as well as dance and yoga classes, from an entertainment tax he says was clearly intended for items such as tickets for sporting events and amusement parks. Specifically, the bill would update state statutes dealing with sales taxes on entertainment or athletic events and reverse decisions made by the Missouri Department of Revenue that negatively impact small businesses throughout the state.
“The goal is to protect Missouri families and businesses from a tax they were never meant to pay. This is a common sense solution that will put a stop to the bureaucratic overreach made by the revenue department, and ease the tax burden on our small businesses and all Missourians who have a gym membership or a child taking dance class,” said Wilson, R-Smithville.
The legislation was passed by the Missouri House on Wednesday, Feb. 24 by a voice vote. It was first read by the Missouri Senate on March 3, 2016. To follow the status of the bill you can click HERE.