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Missouri lawmakers send governor tax amnesty, measure projected to bring in $60M next year

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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — The Missouri Legislature has sent the governor a proposal to let residents with delinquent taxes pay them back without facing penalties or interest.

The House voted 150-4 Thursday to approve the measure projected to bring in about $60 million in additional revenue for fiscal year 2016.

To receive the amnesty, delinquent taxpayers would need to pay between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30 and comply with state tax laws for eight years.

Revenues from the tax amnesty period are earmarked for dental care for adults on Medicaid.

That provision was inserted by Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf as part of an agreement not to filibuster the bill. Schaaf believes the amnesty period is unfair but supports the dental program.

Democratic Rep. Jeremy LaFaver says Schaaf hijacked the legislative process.

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