Local Use Tax

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Educational Voter Information

On April 3rd, 2018, Ozark voters will decide the following ballot issue regarding a USE TAX. This is the language you will see on the ballot

Official Ballot Language

Shall the City of Ozark, Missouri impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently 2.375%, provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action?  A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out-of-state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.

[ ] Yes

[ ] No

If you are in favor of the question, mark the box opposite ‘YES’. If you are opposed to the question, mark the box opposite, ‘NO’.

what if yes
What if no

How much annual revenue does Ozark expect to lose if sales tax on out-of-state vehicles purchases does not continue?

$300,000 currently collected on vehicle sales tax revenue which is equivalent to:
                                Six (6) Police Officers (includes: salaries, benefits and training),
                                OR 1.03 miles of new trails,
                                OR 2.4 miles of asphalt overlay on city streets

How much annual revenue does the city expect to generate from the local use tax?

  • An estimated $120,000 in new revenue which is equivalent to:
                            Three (3) police cars,
                             OR 6,000 feet of sidewalk,
                             OR the entire park maintenance budget (salaries, services, equipment, mowing, & supplies)  

What types of items does the local use tax apply to?

A use tax is applied to the same types of items as the sales tax. The use tax does not expand the list of products which incur a sales tax. The use tax applies to out-of-state transactions that will be shipped to Missouri.

Amazon/Online Sales

In February of 2017 Amazon volunteered to begin collecting the Missouri State use tax, in place since 1959, on purchases by Missouri residents.  Ozark residents currently pay 4.225% to the state on purchases from Amazon. The state does not provide any of their revenue collected from online sales to the City of Ozark. Ozark may only collect 2.375% (equivalent to current sales tax rate approved by voters) from orders shipped to Ozark addresses IF voters approve the tax.  

If you buy things from out-of-state vendors which do not have a nexus or ‘direct connection’ (such as a sales representative or store) in Missouri, you will not pay the use tax on those transactions. If you never buy anything from out-of-state which has to be shipped to Missouri, you will never pay any use tax.


What is a local use tax?

A local use tax is the same as a local sales tax but charged on out-of-state and on-line purchases, including catalog and direct market sales. The on-line Use Tax may not be more or less than the City’s current local sales tax of (2.375%) and is not required to be reported by the purchasers buying less than $2,000 in a calendar year.

Does this Use Tax cover the 
Re authorization of the Motor Vehicle Sales Tax?

YES – If a Use Tax is approved the City will continue being able to collect out-of-state sales tax on motorized vehicles, boats, and trailers. The City has collected and relied on this revenue source for over 40-years which are primarily used to pay for such public services as Police, Parks, and Streets.

Why is this tax on the ballot now?

As mandated by the state, the motor vehicle sales tax must be authorized by voters before November 2018 or Ozark will lose approximately $300,000 in EXISTING revenue it has relied on for over 40-years to primarily support expenses in the departments of Public safety, Public Works, and Parks?

Why is this important to Ozark businesses?

The local use tax levels the playing field for local businesses who are required to charge and/or pay local sales tax.

Currently, by not charging the local use tax, out-of-state companies have an advantage over our local businesses.  And, as online sales increase, local businesses and City budgets stand to see reduced revenues from this loophole.

I'm a business owner, how does this impact my business?

If you are an Ozark business who sells items through a catalogue or online store, the use tax does NOT mean you would have to begin collecting use tax on those sales. The use tax is only applied to purchases from out-of-state vendors (with a nexus in Missouri) if the item is shipped to Missouri.

The use tax is a way of applying our existing sales tax to those not currently required to pay it.  The City would be able to collect a use tax on online, catalog or other direct sales from out-of-state businesses that also have a physical presence in the state (Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc.)

Do other Missouri cities have a local use tax? YES

Approximately half of all Missouri cities with populations of 2,000 or more already have a local use tax in place, including Springfield, Fremont Hills, Kimberling City, and Willard. The City of Nixa and Christian County are asking voters the same question on the April 3, 2018 ballot as well.

How will this Local Use Tax impact me?

If you make an on-line-purchase from Amazon and it is shipped from out-of-state you WILL pay a local use tax of 2.375%.


If you currently buy items on-line from within Missouri you will NOT pay the local Use tax. If you make a purchase on-line from an out-of-state vendor that does not have a presence in Missouri you will NOT pay the local use tax.

If you shop at a local Ozark retailer you will NOT pay a local use tax.

Do other cities have a local use tax?

What is the current Ozark Sales Tax?

When someone buys a product from a local Ozark business, they pay 8.35% total sales tax on their purchase.  The sales tax is divided as follows:

4.225% State of Missouri
1.5 Christian County
0.25% County 911
2.375% City of Ozark

Other questions/Speaker Requests:

 If you have other questions or would like to arrange for a speaker to present educational information to your group, please email spayne@ozarkmissouri.com

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Informational Flier

Paid For By
City of Ozark
Mayor Rick Gardner
PO Box 295
Ozark, MO 65721

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