JEFFERSON CITY — Motorists who have kept their fuel receipts will soon be able to begin submitting them to the state for reimbursement.
Lawmakers who voted to raise the state gas tax last year included a refund option for motorists, allowing them to apply for refunds after the end of each state fiscal year, the June 30th.
Anne Marie Moy, spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue, said on Tuesday the agency would make an electronic filing method available in June.
“We expect the form to be posted on the DOR website in May and the electronic filing method to be available in June,” Moy said.
The state fuel tax jumped 2.5 cents Oct. 1 after a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers voted to increase funding for highway projects.
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The tax will eventually increase by 12.5 cents, bringing the state fuel tax to 29.5 cents per gallon in 2025.
The law says motorists can keep purchase receipts and fill out an online form at the start of each state fiscal year, July 1, to get a refund on new fuel taxes paid the previous fiscal year. . Motorists will have until September 30 to request a refund for the current fiscal year.
A claim, which may be filed electronically, must contain a vehicle identification number, the date the fuel was sold, the name and address of the buyer of fuel, the name and address of the seller of fuel, the number of gallons purchased and, separately, the number of gallons purchased and charged Missouri fuel tax.
While the first increase took place on October 1, the other four increases will take place at the start of each fiscal year.
The average gasoline price in Missouri was around $2.75 when lawmakers approved the hike in May.
Since then, the average price has peaked around $3.90 before dropping in recent weeks to around $3.70 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.
The rise in prices prompted efforts in the Legislative Assembly to repeal the tax increase approved last year. The gradual rise is currently raising gasoline prices by 2.5 cents per gallon.
A measure repealing the increase by Rep. Sara WalchR-Ashland, congressional candidate in the 4th congressional district, waits for the debate in front of the entire Missouri House.
representing Adam Schwadron, R-St. Charles, is sponsoring a plan that would institute a six-month tax holiday on fuel sales, which would reverse all of the 19.5 cents per gallon the state currently charges on fuel.
Schwadron’s proposal awaits a vote in the House Select Committee on Government Oversight.
His bill would base refunds on the calendar year rather than the state tax year, meaning motorists would file their refunds for the previous tax year by April 15, the day personal income tax returns are due.
Evans’ plan also aims to change the information that must be provided to the state to receive a refund.
President Joe Biden is also taking steps to deal with high gas prices, his office said Tuesday.
Biden on Tuesday announced his administration’s intention to allow the sale of gasoline containing 15% ethanol — known as E15 — during the summer months.
The White House said the E15 was not sold in most of the country from June 1 through September 15.
The action “can help increase fuel supply, give consumers more choices for lower prices, and save money for many families,” says a document provided by the White House. “At today’s prices, E15 can save the average family 10 cents per gallon of gas, and many stores are selling E15 at an even better price.”
The White House said Biden also coordinated “with allies and partners” to greenlight a “historic release” of fuel from strategic reserves, “bringing 240 million barrels of oil to market.” over the next six months.”
Biden has also pushed for a “use it or lose it” policy for idle oil wells and wants a faster transition to clean energy so the United States is less dependent on fossil fuels, the House said. White.