Gov. Nixon signs seven bills including service member tax exemption, vetoes eight

| June 29, 2016
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JEFFERSON CITY – Governor Jay Nixon signed into law seven bills yesterday, including SB 814, which creates an income tax deduction for 100 percent of the income earned by Missouri residents who are active duty members of the Armed Forces stationed in Missouri. exterior-capitol

“Military families are pillars of their communities, and this bill will help encourage even more of them to call Missouri home,” said Gov. Nixon. “This is a sensible, affordable tax cut that makes sense for Missouri, and I’m pleased to sign it into law today.”

Currently, Missouri residents who are on active duty in the Armed Forces only pay income taxes if they are stationed in Missouri. This legislation ensures these servicemen and women are treated equally for tax purposes, regardless of where they are stationed. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, this tax exemption would impact approximately 1,800 active duty Missouri residents stationed in Missouri.

In addition, Gov. Nixon also announced he signed the following bills today:

  • HB 1435, which expands the ability for  non-profits and other organizations to receive refunds if they are incorrectly charged sales or use tax;
  • HB 1582, relating to withholding tax filing requirements and will allow businesses to file W-2 forms electronically.
  • HB 1717, which requires a public water system that intends to add or remove fluoridation from its water supply to notify its customers at least 90 days prior to any vote on the matter;
  • HB 2381, relating to property tax on mines;
  • SB 794, which clarifies laws relating to the taxation on medical equipment such as wheelchairs;
  • SB 823, which clarifies a state and local sales tax exemption for internet access or use of the internet;

The Governor also vetoed the following eight bills:

  • SB 591 which would have discarded Missouri’s well-established criteria guiding the admissibility of expert testimony and made it more difficult and expensive for parties to bring forward their case and recover their proper damages. The Governor’s veto letter is available here.
  • SB 847 would have abandoned Missouri’s well-grounded, common-sense way in which an injured person may demonstrate the extent and seriousness of their injuries by showing a jury the value of the medical care required for their treatment. The Governor’s veto letter is available here.
  • SB 844 would have changed current animal trespass law, shifting the risk onto innocent neighbors. The Governor’s veto letter is available here.
  • SB 641 could eviscerate the 2017 budget by requiring the state to issue over $50 million in refunds for taxes paid on payments specifically intended to replace lost income. The Governor’s veto letter is available here.
  • HB 2030 would have reduced general revenue collections by as much as $10.3 million annually by creating a special interest tax break, without requiring the creation of any new jobs,  for capital gains realized from the sale or exchange of employer securities in an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). The Governor’s veto letter is available here.
  • SB 1025 would create a new special interest tax break, without requiring the creation of any new jobs, by exempting “instructional classes” offered at businesses like dance studios, martial art studios and gymnastic centers from sales tax, thereby overruling long-standing Missouri Supreme Court precedent. The Governor’s veto letter is available here.
  • HB 1432 would make it more difficult for government employers to take disciplinary action against employees that have engaged in malfeasance by mandating new notice requirements and pre-determination hearings. The Governor’s veto letter is available here.
  • HB 1713 would shift the balance of power on the Missouri Clean Water Commission away from the public interest and in favor of special interests.  Specifically, a provision inserted late in the legislative process, and without public hearing, would change the commission membership requirements by eliminating the minimum number of public representatives that are currently mandated, and would allow the commission to operate with no public members. The Governor’s veto letter is available here.

 

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