MERIC NEWS LETTER

Missouri Tax System: Business-Friendly

The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan educational organization designed to inform taxpayers, lawmakers and the media about tax policy, recently released its 2007 State Business Tax Climate Index. The report ranked Missouri’s business tax climate first among all its neighboring states and 15th among all states plus the District of Columbia, with a score of 5.65.

The index arrives at an overall score by measuring 113 different parts of a state’s tax climate grouped within five components: corporate tax, individual income tax, sales tax, unemployment insurance tax and property tax. The five components are then added to measure each state’s tax climate, from zero (worst) to 10 (best).

Wyoming and South Dakota had the highest scores, with a 7.66 and 7.57, respectively. Rounding out the top ten are Alaska, Nevada, Florida, Texas, New Hampshire, Montana, Delaware and Oregon.


Missouri ranks first among adjacent states. In fact, Missouri is the only state in the country to rank higher than 12th in four of the five components and higher than 24th in all five.

State Score Overall Rank Corporate Tax Individual Income Tax Sales Tax Unemployment Insurance Tax   Property Tax
Arkansas 4.88 35 36 30 38 35 9
Illinois 5.23 25 30 13 32 36 40
Iowa 4.56 43 46 45 19 27 33
Kansas 5.04 31 38 23 25 12 34
Kentucky 4.76 39 43 39 11 48 11
Missouri 5.65 15 10 24 12 7 10
Nebraska 4.53 44 34 32 44 26 45
Oklahoma 5.45 21 13 25 34 1 20
Tennessee 5.49 18 12 8 48 33 37

 
The Tax Foundation’s 2007 State Business Tax Climate can be accessed at http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/bp52.pdf

For a look at other states’ vs. Missouri’s business climate, visit the Business Climate Comparison tool at http://www.missourieconomy.org/indicators/bcc/index.stm

Source: Tax Foundation

Report by Michael Muin, map by Melissa Lanclos

 
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