Missouri attorney general: Tax-cut bill could mean retroactive refunds

Thursday, August 29, 2013 | 7:02 p.m. CDT; updated 8:57 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 29, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Efforts to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a tax-cut bill could result in Missouri taxpayers getting tax refunds for the past three years’ returns, Attorney General Chris Koster said Thursday.

Two weeks ago, House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, asked Koster to review House Bill 253. On Sept. 11, legislators could vote to override Nixon’s veto of the bill, which would put it into law.

In a three-page opinion, Koster, a Democrat, said that the wording of the legislation allowed it to be interpreted retroactively.

“(HB 253) resets the base tax table for ‘all tax years beginning on or before’ the year the provision becomes effective,” Koster said in his analysis.

In response to Koster’s opinion, Jones told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the attorney general’s analysis was simply a “partisan opinion.”

When Nixon vetoed the bill in June, he said taxpayers could get refunds going back three years because state income taxes could automatically be cut by a half a percent if Congress passes a “Marketplace Fairness Act,” which would impose taxes on Internet sales.

Jones and Koster did not return calls for this story.

The Associated Press contributed information for this story.

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