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A (Not-Too-Taxing) Look at Regional Sales Taxes

April 26, 2013

by Jeff Pinkerton

Earlier this week, we were asked to analyze sales taxes in the KC metro. You can see the presentation here. If you want to see how your city or county stacks up to others in the region, you can get a list of all tax rates (city, county and special district) in Missouri and Kansas from the respective departments of revenue.

A few of the key takeaways:

  • The state of Kansas (6.3 percent state sales tax rate) claims a larger portion of the overall sales tax than the state of Missouri (4.225 percent).
  • Overall tax rates tend to balance out, though, as Missouri cities generally have higher rates than Kansas cities.
  • Special taxing districts (Community Improvement Districts and Transportation Development Districts) are increasing in popularity on both sides of the state line. Sales tax rates in these special districts are frequently topping 9 percent and in some instances 10 percent.
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