Will Joplin voters approve a new online use tax?

Next week Joplin residents will go to the polls to decide whether to approve a new Internet Use Tax. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Currently in Joplin, if you make an internet purchase the city doesn’t collect any sales tax, but if you make the same purchase at a brick and mortar location you’re taxed 3.125%. If approved the Use Tax would level the playing field between online and local retailers and according to estimates from Joplin City officials it would provide the city an additional $3 to 4$ million dollars in additional revenue.

Josh Shackles is in favor of the Use Tax, saying that it levels the playing field for retailers. “Right now, our local businesses are at a disadvantage because if I chose to purchase something from a store in Joplin I’m actually going to pay more than I am if I chose to order the same product online for the same price.” If approved, Joplin residents would never pay both the Use Tax and Sale Tax. The use tax would apply to online sales, and the sales tax to in-person purchase, both at 3.125%. The election takes place next Tuesday, November 2. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro

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