Poor Families in Missouri Are Hit Harder by the Income Tax
Than Those in Other States
Missouris 1999 income tax threshold the income level at which families begin paying income tax:
Ranking among 42 states with income taxes
For two-parent families of four: $13,900.
For single-parent families of three: $12,400.
15th lowest (tie)
Missouris 1999 income tax on working-poor and near-poor families:
For families of four with incomes at the poverty line ($17,028): $68.
For families of three with incomes at the poverty line ($13,290): $16.
No tax on families of three or four with minimum-wage earnings ($10,712). For families of four with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($21,285): $233.
For families of three with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($16,613): $102.
21st highest (tie)
Missouri has consistently taxed families with incomes below the poverty line.
Missouris tax threshold for families of four has increased during the 1990s, but a substantial gap remains between the threshold and the poverty line.
In 1991, a family of four owed tax when its income exceeded 64 percent of the poverty line. For 1999, Missouris tax threshold is 82 percent of the poverty line.