Missouri State Tax Guide

Missouri state tax rates and rules for income, sales, property, fuel, cigarette, and other taxes that impact residents.

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Missouri state tax: Overview

Missouri state tax became a little more friendly toward retirees this year. The state repealed its income tax on Social Security retirement benefits, effective for the 2024 tax year.

However, sales taxes are on the high end. Additionally, while most states have made certain food items tax-exempt, Missouri is one of the states that still tax groceries.

[Data for this state tax guide was gathered from several sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, the state’s government website, the Sales Tax Handbook, and the Tax Foundation. Property taxes are cited as a rate percentage rather than the assessed value.]

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Missouri income taxes

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Missouri income taxes in retirement: Missouri does not tax Railroad Retirement or Military Retirement benefits. Social Security retirement benefits are tax-exempt, beginning in 2024. Public pensions are also tax-exempt.

Missouri Income Tax Range

For 2023, the first $1,000 of income is tax-exempt, and the top individual tax rate is 4.95% (on more than $8,968 of taxable income). This rate is reduced to 4.8% for 2024.

(Note: Kansas City and St. Louis also impose an earnings tax.)

Missouri sales tax

Missouri's statewide sales tax is 4.225%, and localities can add as much as
5.763%, according to the Tax Foundation.

  • Groceries are taxable at a reduced rate of 1.225% (Additional local taxes may apply).
  • Diapers and women's hygiene products are taxable.
  • Prescription drugs are tax-exempt.

How much are property taxes in Missouri?

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In Missouri, the average effective property rate is 0.91%, which is lower than in most other states.

Missouri Property Tax Breaks for Retirees

Missouri Property Tax Credit: A Missouri property tax credit of up to $1,100 is available to eligible homeowners age 65 and older ($750 for renters). To qualify, homeowners must meet the following criteria.

  • You must have owned and lived in your home for the entire year.
  • Your income must not exceed the income threshold set for the year.
  • You must have paid real estate taxes.

Note: Veterans and people with disabilities may also qualify for the property tax and renter's credits (regardless of age).

Missouri motor fuel (gasoline) taxes

Gasoline: $0.195 per gallon 

Diesel: $0.195 per gallon

Missouri taxes on alcohol and tobacco 

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Cigarettes$0.17 per pack
Other tobacco products10% of manufacturer's price
Beer$0.06 per gallon
Wine$0.42 per gallon
Liquor$2.00 per gallon

Missouri estate and inheritance taxes

Missouri does not have an estate or an inheritance tax.

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Katelyn Washington
Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years’ experience working in tax and finance. While she specializes in tax content, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement and financial planning and has had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes that knowledge is the key to success and enjoys helping others reach their goals by providing content that educates and informs.