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Rouse Frets White Goss helps Kansas City Chiefs avoid liability of nearly $1 million in Arrowhead renovation taxes

By June 17, 2020Client Results

Leawood, Kan. – June 17, 2020 – Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes helped the Kansas City Chiefs avoid nearly $1 million in sales and use taxes on items purchased as part of the recent renovation of Arrowhead Stadium.

The Missouri Supreme Court unanimously overturned a $677,000 use tax assessment and $253,000 sales tax assessment, plus interest, brought by the state Department of Revenue against the Chiefs that came from $13.5 million in purchases related to the recent renovation of Arrowhead Stadium. The Supreme Court ruled that the Chiefs did not owe the taxes as Jackson County was considered the purchaser of the items. The ruling overturns a 2019 state Administrative Hearing Commission determination that confirmed the department’s assessment against the team.

Michael T. White of Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes PC was counsel for the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority, which leases Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums to the Chiefs and Royals. More information can be found at Law360 (subscription required).

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