Another Step Closer
In the race to keep up with Kansas, Missouri has cleared one more hurdle in enacting serious tax reform. The Missouri Senate has perfected Senate Bill 26, which proposes cutting individual and business taxes.
To reduce the potential revenue shortfall, the Senate reinstated a smaller sales tax increase coupled with a reduction in the amount of the tax cut. The top individual rate would be cut to 5.25 percent instead of 4.5 percent and the corporate rate would be cut to 5.5 percent instead of 4.75 percent. The phased-in deduction for pass-through entities would be cut in half.
I have frequently addressed the need for Missouri to undertake tax reform in order to stay competitive with Kansas. I am glad some kind of tax cut is moving forward in the Senate. However, I am concerned that by reducing the amount of the tax cut, its impact will be diminished. With SB 26, Missouri would still tax individuals and many businesses more than Kansas. I am not sure that this is enough to discourage many companies from leaving Missouri.
The House has a couple of bills that go further than SB26. However, they have not yet made it out of committee. Again, I am glad that the Senate is really pushing forward on tax cuts; I just hope it is enough.