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Missouri – Splitting Hairs or shall we say body parts.

Posted by salestax on April 13, 2009

I’ve seen many states make differentiations in prosthetic devices as having to replace a part of a malfunctioning body part to many different degrees of definition (such as it must be a necessary body part), but MO goes one step farther and states that it must be an internal organ.  In this case, a mesh lining is used on the abdominal cavity and not in an actual organ; so therefore, it’s taxable. 

So, even though, it’s implanted and necessary to have internal organs functioning properly, it does you no good in MO. 

Do you think that the legislators who made up this rule and interpreted it in this ruling even looked up the word organ?  I was under the impression that anything in our body that wasn’t bone was technically an organ.  Isn’t our skin the largest organ in our body?  But, aha!  It’s not an internal organ.  Hmmm… but what about the 1st two layers?  They’re not external?  (yes, this is me muttering to myself, playing devil’s advocate from both sides).

Check out this letter ruling for the messy details (or should I say “meshy” details).

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