Sara G. Neill appointed to the Study Commission on Missouri State Tax Policy
Sara G. Neill has been been appointed by The Missouri Bar to the Study Commission on State Tax Policy.
House Bill 384 (passed by the legislature and signed by the governor) establishes the “Study Commission on State Tax Policy” which is charged with the duty of making a detailed review and study of Missouri tax structure, including sources of tax revenue, the impact of taxes, collection procedures, regulations and other factors. The commission will be asked to develop improvements that could be made to Missouri tax law to simplify the code, modernize the tax system, improve economic development, improve compliance, and reduce administrative costs. The commission is required to submit a report and recommendations for legal and administrative changes, along with any proposed legislation, by December 31, 2016.
The Missouri Bar has been given an appointment to this commission, specifically as follows: “A member of the Missouri Bar with knowledge of the tax laws of this state, including tax administration and compliance, who shall be appointed by the board of governors of the Missouri Bar.”
The other members of the commission include:
- The members of the joint committee on tax policy (legislators)
- The State Treasurer
- The State Budget Director
- The Director of the Department of Revenue
- Three individual citizens representing taxpayers, appointed by the minority floor leaders of each chamber and the Lieutenant Governor
- A CPA appointed by the Lieutenant Governor (consulting with the Society of CPAs)
- An independent tax practitioner appointed by the Lieutenant Governor (consulting with the Society of Accountants
- An individual with experience operating a business with fewer than 50 employees, appointed by the Speaker of the House
- An individual with experience operating a business with more than 50 employees, appointed by the President Pro Tem of the Senate
- Two individuals with “significant experience” in state and local taxation, appointed by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tem (consulting with the Association of Counties and the Municipal League)
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