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Missouri is the Twelfth Biggest Net Receiver of Federal Spending in 2013

Apr 12, 2016

In the course of collecting taxes and spending money, the federal government inevitably creates “winners” and “losers” across the American landscape. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Missouri is the twelfth biggest net receiver of federal spending relative to federal taxes paid.

 

 

 

As shown in Chart 1, Missouri paid $8,928 per person in federal taxes in FY 2013—this was -17 percent below the national average ($10,722 per person) and ranked as the 33rd lowest level in the country.

 

 Chart 1 Missouri Federal Taxes Per Capita by State Fiscal Year 2013.jpg

 

Federal Taxes by Type in FY 2013:

 

 

  • Corporate Income Tax: The federal corporate income tax paid in Missouri was $758 per person—this was below the national average of $865 per person by -12 percent and ranked as the 18th lowest in the country.

 

  • Payroll Tax: The federal payroll tax paid in Missouri was $2,634 per person—this was below the national average of $2,998 per person by -12 percent and ranked as the 17th lowest in the country.

 

  • Excise Taxes: Federal excise taxes paid in Missouri was $291 per person—this was above the national average of $266 per person by 10 percent and ranked as the 13th highest in the country.

 

  • Estate and Gift Taxes: Federal estate and gift taxes paid in Missouri was $50 per person—this was below the national average of $60 per person by -16 percent and ranked as the 13th highest in the country.

 

  • Custom Duties: Federal custom duties paid in Missouri was $93 per person—this was below the national average of $101 per person by -8 percent and ranked as the 19th lowest in the country.

 

  • Miscellaneous Taxes: Federal miscellaneous taxes paid in Missouri was $299 per person—this was below the national average of $325 per person by -8 percent and ranked as the 19th lowest in the country.

 

  • Deficit: The federal deficit, which is deferred taxation, accrued in Missouri was $1,597 per person—this was below the national average of $1,944 per person by -18 percent and ranked as the 22nd lowest in the country.

 

On the other hand, as shown in Chart 2, Missouri received $11,779 per person in federal spending in FY 2013—this was 10 percent above the national average ($10,722 per person) and ranked as the 12th highest level in the country.

 

 Chart 2 Missouri Federal Spending Per Capita by State Fiscal Year 2013.jpg

 

Federal Spending by Type in FY 2013:

 

  • Retirement and Disability: Federal retirement and disability payments (for example, Social Security and Medicare) in Missouri was $3,647 per person—this was above the national average of $3,318 per person by 10 percent and ranked as the 21st highest in the country (see our unique app showing federal pension data).

 

  • Other Direct Payments: Federal other direct payments (for example, the Earned Income Tax Credit) in Missouri was $2,711 per person—this was above the national average of $2,500 by 8 percent and ranked as the 13th highest in the country.

 

  • Grants to State and Local Governments: Federal grants to state and local governments (for example, Medicaid) in Missouri was $1,963 per person—this was above the national average of $1,811 by 8 percent and ranked as the 20th highest in the country.

 

  • Procurement: Federal procurement (for example, Department of Defense) in Missouri was $1,700 per person—this was above the national average of $1,337 by 27 percent and ranked as the 12th highest in the country.

 

 

  • Interest on National Debt: Federal interest paid on the national debt in Missouri was $612 per person—this was below the national average of $699 by -12 percent and ranked as the 20th lowest in the country.

 

Overall, #Missouri receives $1.32 in #federalspending for every $1.00 sent to Washington, D.C. in #federaltaxes. (Click to Tweet) As shown in Chart 3, Missouri’s federal tax and spend ratio is the twelfth highest in the country.

 

 Chart 3 Missouri Federal Tax and Spending Ratios by State Fiscal Year 2013.jpg

 

Of course, federal taxes paid and federal spending received do not flow evenly throughout the state. As such, we have also calculated the federal tax and spending ratios for every county in Missouri—though this was based on slightly older FY 2010 data.

 

 

 

The top 10 Missouri counties with the highest federal tax and spending ratios include:

 

  • Pulaski County, MO ($5.70)
  • Mercer County, MO ($4.65)
  • Cole County, MO ($4.50)
  • St. Louis City, MO ($4.38)
  • Wayne County, MO ($3.62)
  • Pemiscot County, MO ($3.14)
  • Dunklin County, MO ($2.74)
  • Knox County, MO ($2.64)
  • Mississippi County, MO ($2.61)
  • New Madrid County, MO ($2.54)

 

The bottom 10 Missouri counties with the lowest federal tax and spend ratios include: 

 

  • Platte County, MO ($0.44)
  • Clay County, MO ($0.47)
  • St. Charles County, MO ($0.52)
  • Jefferson County, MO ($0.61)
  • Christian County, MO ($0.63)
  • Cass County, MO ($0.70)
  • Lincoln County, MO ($0.70)
  • Warren County, MO ($0.73)
  • Andrew County, MO ($0.74)
  • Franklin County, MO ($0.78)

 

More county detail for Missouri is shown in the color-coded map below.

 

Note: The data is based on the federal fiscal year that runs from September 1 to October 30.

 

Click here to view our full federal tax and spending data app with details by state, by county, by type of tax and spending, and over time.

 

Missouri Federal Tax and Spending Ratios by County FY 2010.jpg 

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Wendy Warcholik

Dr. Wendy P. Warcholik has worked in public policy for nearly 20 years. She is currently the Director of the Family Prosperity Initiative at the American Conservative Union Foundation. She has also been at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, The Tax Foundation, and The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. She received her PhD in Economics from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA).


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