In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, Missouri collected $19.6 billion in state and local taxes. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the average Missouri taxpayer can afford this level of taxation.
As shown in the chart, Missouri’s state and local tax burden (tax collections divided by personal income) was the seventh lowest in the nation for FY 2011 at 8.8 percent—or 16 percent below the national average of 10.5 percent. Missouri’s the tax burden has grown modestly over time by 48.6 percent to 8.8 percent in FY 2011 from 5.9 percent in FY 1950.
Missouri’s low state and local tax burden is not driven by any particular element in their tax code as their tax burdens are all are at or below the national average, especially the property tax (2.63 percent, 39th highest), corporate income tax (0.17 percent, 41st highest), and all other taxes (1.6 percent, 39th highest).
Scott has nearly 20 years of experience as a public policy economist. He is the author, co-author and editor of over 180 studies and books. His professional experience also includes positions at the American Conservative Union Foundation, Granite Institute, Federalism In Action, Maine Heritage Policy Center, Tax Foundation, and Heritage Foundation.