Will the Use Tax apply to every purchase made from out-of-state vendors?

Yes, if the goods purchased are being shipped to you in Joplin and would be subject to a sales tax if purchased at retail, then they may be subject to the use tax. On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the South Dakota vs. Wayfair case overturning the previous ruling that exempted out-of-state vendors without a physical presence in the state from collecting the use tax. This significant ruling means online retailers may now be required to collect and remit any applicable sales and use taxes. However, municipalities must have a use tax in place to capture the revenue from this decision. If you physically purchase something from a retailer in another city such as Bentonville, AR or Miami, OK, the use tax would not apply because you would have paid the sales tax of the community you are located at the time of purchase. 

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1. What is the Use Tax listed as “City of Joplin Proposition Action” on the November 2, 2021 ballot?
2. Will the Use Tax apply if I buy something from a Missouri retailer?
3. Will the Use Tax apply to every purchase made from out-of-state vendors?
4. Why does Joplin need a Use Tax?
5. Will the Use Tax have other local benefits?
6. Doesn’t Amazon already collect this use tax?
7. What is the rate of the Use Tax?
8. I don’t buy anything online. How will it affect me?
9. When are the polls open?
10. I already pay Sales Tax on purchases, is this the same thing?
11. How much will the City of Joplin receive from a local Use Tax?
12. How would the Use Tax revenues be spent in the City’s Budget?
13. How will the Use Tax revenues be used?
14. What happens if the Proposition Action fails?
15. When do I vote on this issue?
16. How does the ballot question read?
17. How do I vote Absentee for the November 2, 2021 election?