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).
J. Scott Moody has nearly 20 years experience as a public policy economist with a specialty in tax policy and has over 180 publications. He has worked for numerous national and state-based think tanks such as the American Conservative Union Foundation, Federalism In Action, Tax Foundation, Heritage Foundation, and The Maine Heritage Policy Center.