Jefferson City, MO – A recent article in The Missourian sited an Americans for Prosperity – Missouri press release which highlights the that Show Me State isn’t as “a low tax state.”
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A new report ranks the average sales tax paid in Missouri as the 14th highest among states, but that’s still lower than many of its neighbors.
The Tax Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit research group, compiled the rankings by examining the state sales tax rate and the average local sales tax rate.
Missouri’s state sales tax of 4.225 percent ranked 37th out of the 45 states that charge sales taxes. But Missouri’s average local sales tax of 3.36 percent was one of the higher rates among states.
The report says Missouri’s combined state and local average sales tax rate is 7.58 percent. Although Missouri ranked 14th nationally, its average sales taxes were lower than in neighboring Kansas, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
In 2014, Missouri taxpayers are facing hundreds of tax increase proposals on the April ballot, further expanding the combined tax burden.
The study also notes that 5 states don’t collect a statewide sales tax and 12 states don’t allow local governments to levy sales taxes.
“Missourians are getting nickeled and dimed at the cash register,” said Patrick Werner, Missouri state director of Americans for Prosperity. “The sales tax is essentially the final cut government takes from the taxpayer after federal, state and county taxes and fees are administered.”
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org