Overview of Missouri Taxes
The state’s average effective property tax rate is 1.00%. This is lower than the national average of 1.19%.
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To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.
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Missouri Property Tax Rates
Property taxes in Missouri are a key source of revenue for local governments. They help pay for schools, law enforcement, city administration and other important local services. In comparison to other states, however, property taxes in Missouri are not especially high.
The state’s average effective property tax rate is 1.00%, somewhat lower than the national average of 1.19%. Rates in Missouri vary significantly depending on where you live. In St. Louis County, for example, the average effective tax rate is 1.38%. In Shannon County the rate is just 0.50%.
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How Missouri Property Taxes Work
Taxes on residential real estate in Missouri are due by Dec. 31 of each year. Taxes paid after that date are subject to a 10% penalty. How much you owe in property taxes depends on your home’s assessed value and the total tax rate in your area.
Real estate in Missouri is reassessed once every two years (each odd-numbered year). Assessors determine market values using one of several techniques. The most common technique relies on the sale prices of nearby comparable properties as well as general attributes of your home, such as size and whether or not you have a garage.
Once market value has been determined, the Missouri assessment rate of 19% is applied. That means that assessed value should equal to 19% of market value. For example, if your home is worth $200,000, your assessed value will be $38,000. Your total tax rate applies to that $38,000.
Missouri Property Tax Rates
Tax rates in Missouri are set by a variety of local tax authorities. The rate you pay is the total of all the rates for all the districts that cover your home. Rates are expressed per $100 in assessed value.
For example, if your total rate is $5.70 and your home has an assessed value of $20,000, your total property taxes due will be $1,140.
Instead of looking at rates per assessed value, it can be useful to look at taxes paid as a percentage of market value. This is called an effective tax rate. A county’s average effective tax rate is the median annual property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value. The table below shows the average effective tax rate for every county in Missouri.
|County||Median Home Value||Median Annual Property Tax Payment||Average Effective Property Tax Rate|
|St. Louis city||$120,900||$1,275||1.05%|
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St. Louis County
Missouri’s most populous county, St. Louis County has the highest property tax rate of any county in Missouri. The county’s average effective property tax rate is 1.42%, well above both state and national averages.
By comparison, in the city of St. Louis (which is an independent city and not a part of St. Louis County), the average effective tax rate is 1.05%. That difference would save a homeowner with a home worth $150,000 about $550 annually.
Jackson County is located in western Missouri and is a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The average effective tax rate in Jackson County is just under 1.39%, which ranks second in the state of Missouri.
St. Charles County
The typical homeowner in St. Charles County pays $2,509 annually in property taxes, the second highest amount of any county in Missouri. That is over $1,100 higher than the state average and $300 higher than the national average.
Situated on the Missouri River north of Kansas City, Clay County has the third highest property tax rate of any county in Missouri. The average effective tax rate in Clay County is 1.35%. At that rate, the annual taxes due on a home worth $150,000 would be $2,025.
This eastern Missouri county has among the lowest property tax rates of any county in the St. Louis area. Jefferson County’s average effective property tax rate is 0.90%, lower than the rate in Franklin, St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.
Boone County is located in central Missouri and contains the state’s fifth largest city, Columbia. The median annual property tax in Boone County is $1,634, fifth highest in the state. School districts are among the largest recipients of that tax revenue. For example, while the rate for the city of Columbia is $0.41 per $100 of assessed value, the rate for Columbia Public Schools is $ 6.0555.
If you want to buy a house in Missouri but don’t like paying property taxes, Jasper County may be a good place to look. The median annual property tax payment in Jasper County is $866, well below the state median. Rates in Jasper County are likewise relatively low. The county’s average effective tax rate is 0.80%.
The 10th most populous county in Missouri, Franklin County has property tax rates slightly below the state average. The county’s average effective property tax rate is 0.90%. At that rate, a homeowner with a home worth $150,000 would owe $1,350 annually in property taxes.
Located in western Missouri, Cass County has the ninth highest property tax rate of the 115 counties in Missouri. The Cass County average effective property tax rate is 1.10%, somewhat higher than the state average but lower than the national average of 1.19%.
Property Tax: Which Counties are Getting the Best Bang for Their Buck
SmartAsset’s interactive map highlights the places across the country where property tax dollars are being spent most effectively. Zoom between states and the national map to see the counties getting the biggest bang for their property tax buck.
Our study aims to find the places in the United States where people are getting the most for their property tax dollars. To do this we looked at school rankings, crime rates and property taxes for every county.
As a way to measure the quality of schools, we analyzed the math and reading/language arts proficiencies for every school district in the country. We created an average score for each district by looking at the scores for every school in that district, weighting it to account for the number of students in each school. Within each state, we assigned every county a score between 1 and 10 (with 10 being the best) based on the average scores of the districts in each county.
For each county, we calculated the violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents.
Using the school and crime numbers, we calculated a community score. This is the ratio of the school rank to the combined crime rate per 100,000 residents.
We used the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate to calculate a per capita property tax collected for each county.
Finally, we calculated a tax value by creating a ratio of the community score to the per capita property tax paid. This shows us the counties in the country where people are getting the most bang for their buck, or where their property tax dollars are going the furthest.
Sources: US Census Bureau 2017 American Community Survey, Department of Education, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Police or Justice Department websites