This essay addresses the question of whether Missouri is a low-income-tax state by comparing the income-tax liability for a family of four earning the national median income across all 50 states. Using this approach, we find that Missouri ranks in the top half of states according to income tax liability.
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Rik Hafer is a Show-Me Institute research fellow and a professor of economics and the Director of the Center for Economics and the Environment at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri.
Michael Rathbone was a policy researcher at the Show-Me Institute. He is a native of Saint Louis and a 2008 graduate of Saint Louis University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering.