How Much is Personal Property Tax in Missouri?

Missouri has a personal property tax that mainly applies to vehicles. Here’s how it works.

This post is provided for general information only. Please confirm the details and circumstances of your unique situation with your tax accountant or other appropriate advisor before taking action.

What does Missouri’s personal property tax apply to?

Taxable personal property includes the following:

  • Motor vehicles

  • Trailers

  • Mobile homes

  • Watercraft

  • Boat motors

  • Aircraft

  • Livestock

  • Farm machinery and equipment

  • Agricultural crops

  • Any other personal property not exempted by law

How does Missouri personal property tax work?

In Missouri, you generally need to pay tax on all personal property owned on January 1st.

You have to file a declaration form listing all of your tangible personal property by April 1st. You’ll then receive a tax bill that is due by December 31st.

What is the Missouri personal property tax rate?

The personal property tax rate depends on where you live. Each county and city can set its own tax rate. There are also special taxing districts such as school districts and fire districts.

The total personal property taxes usually work out to between $5 to $10 per $100 in assessed value. The good news is that the way Missouri calculates assessed value means that it’s only a fraction of an item’s full value.

The assessed value is a percentage of the market value:

  • Most property, including motor vehicles: 33 1/3%

  • Mobile homes used as dwellings: 19%

  • Grain and agricultural crops: 0.05%

  • Livestock and poultry: 12%

  • Farm machinery: 5%

  • Historic motor vehicles: 5%

  • Certain aircraft: 5%

  • Certain business tools and equipment: Varies

What is the personal property tax on a car or truck?

The assessed value is your car’s book value times its assessed value. You then multiply the assessed value times your local tax rate.

For example, if you have a $30,000 car, multiply by 33 1/3% to get a $10,000 assessed value. If your local tax rate is 7.5%, you’ll pay $750 in personal property taxes on your car.

The average effective tax rate in Missouri works out to about 2.5% of your car’s book value before adjusting for assessed value.

What happens if you don’t pay your personal property taxes?

If you don’t declare taxable personal property or return your declaration form to the county assessor after April 1st, there is usually a 10% penalty for late filing.

If you don’t pay your property tax bill by December 31st, additional penalties and interest apply.

Can you deduct Missouri personal property taxes?

You can usually deduct personal property taxes based on value on your federal income tax return. They would fall under the State And Local Tax (SALT) deduction under itemized deductions.

Some tax bills have fixed fees for sewer, water, or other services. Fixed fees are generally not deductible.

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