- Mary Jane bourbon + smokehouse + Cape (7/9/18)4
- Dexter Bar-B-Que in Jackson moving location (7/12/18)1
- Voters to choose from crowded field for Scott County presiding commissioner (7/10/18)1
- Developer: Construction moving into new phases on Marriott (7/12/18)1
- Southeast art students contribute mural to Stevie's Steakburger (7/9/18)1
- New safety measures being put in place in Jackson School District (7/11/18)3
- 'It's just time': PFLAG chapter starting in Cape (7/6/18)33
- Harbor Freight to open next week in Cape Girardeau (7/10/18)
- Car packages: Local stores adding pickup services as part of nationwide trend (7/14/18)1
- Former police officer, disabled vet vie for state representative seat (7/11/18)2
Poor tax policy
Your editorial about sales tax holidays -- "State, counties, wise to offer sales tax holiday" (July 30) -- encourages consumers to participate in the upcoming sales tax holiday, but your readers should know that holidays aren't really worth celebrating. These holidays are poorly targeted, costly and represent a lost opportunity to get tax fairness right.
A three-day sales tax holiday does nothing to provide relief to low-income taxpayers the other 362 days of the year. Holidays offer too little relief to the families that need it most and they require you to shop when the state says so. Wealthy families benefit from the holiday too and they have an even greater ability to shift their shopping to take advantage of the tax break.
Sales tax holidays also cost money. Missouri can't afford to stop collecting taxes. Revenue lost through sales tax holidays will have to be made up somewhere else, either through painful spending cuts or increasing other taxes.
Well-intentioned policymakers need to understand that sales tax holidays are simply too insignificant, poorly targeted and too temporary to make a state's tax structure more fair. Taxpayers should not accept tax-free weekends as a replacement for real reforms that eliminate unnecessary breaks at the top and solve the problems that will still be there, long after this year's holiday has passed.
KELLY DAVIS, midwest director,
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Whitewater, Wisconsin