Nixon: Override of vehicle sales tax veto will cost Missourians

Monday, August 27, 2012 | 1:04 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon says more than 120,000 Missouri residents could face a retroactive tax if legislators override his veto of a bill related to local taxes on vehicles.

Nixon released a letter sent Monday to Missouri legislators, who convene Sept. 12 to consider veto overrides.

The vetoed bill would have allowed local governments to resume levying taxes on vehicle purchases. It came after the state Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that local sales taxes cannot be levied on vehicles bought from another state or individual. Nixon says the solution is for communities to adopt "use taxes," which are allowed under the court ruling.

Nixon cites state figures showing that no local tax was paid on 122,702 vehicles bought after the March 21 effective date of the court ruling.

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