Missouri State Tax

 

Editor’s Note: Looking for information on the Missouri state tax? Read here to learn who pays income tax in the state, how to pay and how much to pay.

What is Missouri State Tax?

Missouri state taxState tax is a tax levied by the state on your income earned within the state or as a resident of Missouri. State income taxes, which vary by state, are a percentage you pay to the state government based on income received within a tax year.

Similar to federal taxes, state income taxes are self-assessed. Yet, the structure of the taxes is different from state to state. In fact, some states have a flat tax rate, marginal tax rate, or no tax at all.

Who Pays Missouri Income Tax?

Just like the federal level, Missouri imposes income taxes on your earnings if you have a sufficient connection to the state if you work or earn an income within state borders.

You may not have to file a Missouri return if:

  • You are a resident and have less than $1,200 of Missouri adjusted gross income
  • You are a nonresident with less than $600 of Missouri income
  • Your Missouri adjusted gross income is less than the amount of your standard deduction plus your exemption amount.

As a traditional W-2 employee, your income taxes will likely be taken out on each payroll period automatically. You will see this on your paycheck stub, near or next to the federal taxes. (You can set your specific withholding amounts.)

How Do You Pay Missouri State Income Tax?

View the following instructions for how to pay Missouri state income taxes from the Missouri Department of Revenue.

How Much Should You Pay in State Tax?

Here are the Missouri tax brackets, courtesy of the Missouri Department of Revenue:

If the Missouri taxable income is…

The tax is: $0 to $104 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0

At least $105 but not over $1,053 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.5% of the Missouri taxable income

Over $1,053 but not over $2,106 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $16 plus 2% of excess over $1,053

Over $2,106 but not over $3,159 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $37 plus 2.5% of excess over $2,106

Over $3,159 but not over $4,212 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $63 plus 3% of excess over $3,159

Over $4,212 but not over $5,265 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $95 plus 3.5% of excess over $4,212

Over $5,265 but not over $6,318 . . . . . . . . . . . . . $132 plus 4% of excess over $5,265

Over $6,318 but not over $7,371 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $174 plus 4.5% of excess over $6,318

Over $7,371 but not over $8,424 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $221 plus 5% of excess over $7,371

Over $8,424 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$274 plus 5.4% of excess over $8,424

When Are Missouri Tax Returns Due?

Missouri tax deadlines coincide with the federal tax deadline, which typically is on April 15, unless it falls on a weekend. (See tax deadlines for 2020.)

How to Pay Missouri State Taxes

Missouri offers the following filing options:

How Do You Check If You Paid Taxes in Missouri?

If you want to make sure your state taxes were paid, contact the Missouri Department of Revenue to see if your payment was received.

Deducting Missouri Income Tax

If you pay Missouri income tax, you can claim a federal tax deduction on your return for the amount you paid if you itemize deductions.

To determine if you should itemize deductions on your federal return, add up your calendar-year deductible expenses reported on the federal Schedule A, including your state income tax expense, to be greater than the standard deduction amount for your filing status. Single filers can claim a standard deduction of $12,400 on their federal tax return. So, if you pay more than that with income tax and other itemized deductions, then consider itemizing your taxes.

More Help with Taxes in Missouri

Understanding your tax obligation is important. What’s even more important is how to deduct Missouri tax from your federal taxes as an itemized deduction.

So, get help! Use Tax Pro Go, virtual tax prep offered by H&R Block. With this service, we’ll match you with a tax pro with Missouri tax expertise. Then, you will upload your tax documents, and our tax pros will do the rest! We can even help with not only MO taxes, including federal deductions for paying state taxes.

Keeping these state tax considerations in mind, we can make sure you are supported when it comes to taxes.

Looking for more general support? Check out our online tax filing options.

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