Amendment 4 ballot measure would ban sales taxes on services

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. A November ballot measure could prevent certain types of new sales taxes from becoming a reality in the future.

Whenever you buy a tangible object, you pay a sales tax on it. But, when you pay for a non tangible object (a service) you are not taxed on it. That goes for things like car repair services, haircuts, pizza deliveries. A group of business people want to keep it that way.

"We are really trying to be proactive and stop any taxes on services," said Angie Mullings, Broker at Century 21 Integrity Group. "We pay a lot of taxes on goods but we don't want that to extend to services that we provide."

Amendment 4, appearing on the Missouri ballot this November, would seek to ban cities or counties from implementing taxes on services.

"Think of all the services we use on a daily basis, and some not so on a daily. But, the delivery doctor all the way through the gravedigger," explained Miles Noennig, President of Missouri Realtors.

As it stands, there are no groups in Missouri are pushing for services taxes. It's not an issue yet, but has come up in many other states in recent years.

"We are really trying to be proactive and stop any taxes on services," said Angie Mullings, Broker at Century 21 Integrity Group. "We pay a lot of taxes on goods but we don't want that to extend to services that we provide.

Noenning stated, "We are already paying a whole bunch in taxes in a different taxes.And this is a tax that would most significantly affect those who cannot afford it."

Many area realtors in support of banning such a tax, saying it would add costs to finding and buying a home and beyond.

"Think about if they are having their carpets cleaned. When they are moving out the home and being taxed on the service of carpet cleaning, or if they are paying the mover to move their stuff from one house to the

next, it starts adding up," said Jessica Hickok, Association Executive of Greater Springfield Board of Realtors

Most peoples minds are on the presidential and governors races. Amendment 4 supporters will be working in the coming weeks to get your attention.

Hickok said, "I am actually excited that it is on at the same time as the presidential election because you bring out higher voter turnouts."