The State of Missouri is rated the 19th lowest in state/local business taxes by the Tax Foundation. The state corporate income tax rate is 6.25% (net effective since federal tax is deductible), and the personal income tax is graduated up to a maximum of 6%; however, the average rate is 2.7% of gross wages. Other state taxes include corporation franchise and other specific business type of taxes.
Missouri is considered by many site selection consultants to have one of the most aggressive incentive packages of any state. Below are incentive for new or expanding “primary” businesses (manufacturing, distribution, office, research and development, services in interstate commerce, and others that do not compete locally):
Missouri Works Program: Program benefits are (a) the retention of the state withholding tax of the new jobs and/or (b) state tax credits, which are refundable, transferable and/or sale-able. The program benefits are based on a percentage of the payroll of the new jobs. The program benefits are not provided until the minimum new job threshold is met and the company meets the average wage and health insurance requirements.