Replacing income tax with broad sales tax appears doubtful

Monday, February 22, 2010 | 10:56 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — A plan to replace Missouri's income tax with a broad sales tax will get debated in the Missouri General Assembly. But top lawmakers are doubtful it will pass.

The proposed constitutional amendment would abolish Missouri's income tax and apply a higher sales tax to a wider range of goods and services. Supporters often call it a "fair tax."

President Pro Tem Charlie Shields said there will be robust debate. But he doesn't think the proposal will pass.

House Speaker Ron Richard voted for a similar plan last year. He said he wants to be careful before adopting a new tax policy during an uncertain economy.

House Minority Leader Paul LeVota said he will work to kill the proposal. He said higher sales taxes would especially harm businesses that border other states.


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