Missouri court rejects restaurant tax breaks

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled this week that restaurants in the state cannot claim manufacturer-like use tax deductions for the purchase of food and beverage preparation and holding equipment.

The court also ruled that restaurants may not claim a resale exemption for the purchase of dining room furnishings and serviceware used by their patrons.

Dallas-based Brinker International, which has 23 casual-dining restaurants in Missouri, had attempted to claim the manufa

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