Carnahan approves initiatives relating to income and sales taxes for circulation

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February 22, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri: Not one but nine initiatives have been added to the list of potential measure for the 2012 statewide ballot. On February 21, 2011 Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan approved a set of initiatives relating to income and sales taxes.[1][2]

The measures, all initiated constitutional amendments, would phase out income taxes while levying a state sales tax on more purchases. According to reports, the sales tax would be capped at 7 percent and would include goods and services.[3]

Specifically the text reads:[4]

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
  • eliminate taxes paid by individuals based on income or earnings and state sales and use taxes, including taxes paid by corporations and individuals, with certain exceptions;
  • require the legislature to impose an expanded state sales tax to include all sales and services to individuals, and allow the legislature to increase this tax up to 7%, with certain exceptions;
  • require that low income individuals be given tax rebates or credits for certain purchases; and
  • prohibit the legislature from creating, or businesses and individuals from using, certain tax credits?

To qualify for the ballot, each initiative requires signatures from registered voters equal to 8% of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts. Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2012 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.

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