State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Middle-Class Families
Tool | November 2021

Missouri State Tax Guide for Middle-Class Families

State tax rates and rules for income, sales, gas, property, cigarette, and other taxes that impact middle-class families.


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Missouri recently lowered its top income tax rate from 5.9% to 5.4%. Even so, the Show-Me State's income tax bite is average, and the same holds true for its property taxes. While general sales taxes run high, fuel taxes are among the lowest in the country.

Income Tax Range

Low: 1.5% (on taxable income from $109 to $1,088)

High: 5.4% (on more than $8,704 of taxable income)

Missouri law calls for a 0.7% reduction in the top income tax rate over a period of years in 0.1% increments, but each rate cut is effective only if net general revenue collections hit a certain trigger amount. However, in 2024, the top rate will be reduced by 0.1% without regard to revenue collections.

Kansas City and St. Louis also impose an earnings tax.

Sales Tax

4.225% state levy. Localities can add as much as 5.763%, and the average combined rate is 8.29%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Groceries: Taxable (1.225% state rate; additional local taxes may apply)
Clothing: Taxable
Motor Vehicles: Taxable
Prescription Drugs: Exempt

Real Property Taxes

In Missouri, the median property tax rate is $959 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: 19.92¢ per gallon.
Diesel: 19.92¢ per gallon.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $0.17 per pack
Other tobacco products: 10% of the wholesale price

Beer: $0.06 per gallon
Wine: $0.42 per gallon
Liquor: $2 per gallon

Annual Car Taxes and Fees

An annual vehicle property tax based on the car's value is imposed.

Estate and Inheritance Taxes

No estate or inheritance tax.