Low Business Costs

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Keep Business Operation Costs Low

Missouri provides you with a solid business expansion foundation, financial and otherwise. In Missouri, taxes and business costs don’t eat up all of your company’s profits. With only income earned in Missouri being taxed, you’ll receive a critical advantage for your business. Starting January 1, 2020, Missouri’s corporate income tax rate dropped to 4 percent, making us one of the most tax-friendly states in the U.S. Missouri also moved to a single factor, market-based corporate income tax apportionment model based only on sales. In addition, it is important to note that Missouri has not adopted worldwide or nationwide unitary tax assessment in computing multinational corporate income tax liability.

Low Taxes Make Missouri a Great Business Growth Location

Corporate benefits like low business and labor costs, customized training programs through Missouri One Start, reliable and inexpensive energy, aggressive and performance-based incentives and a statewide commitment to attracting companies and investment, make Missouri a place where your company can come to grow and thrive. Let’s talk to find out how we can assist you in improving your profitability and lowering your business costs; we’ve listed several critical benefits below that show why Missouri is the perfect place for business expansion or relocation.

  • In January 2020, Missouri lowered the corporate income tax rate from 6.25 percent to 4 percent, which ranks us second among states that levy such a tax.
  • In January 2020, Missouri moved to a single factor, market-based apportionment corporate income tax model based only on sales.
  • Personal income tax: up to $279 plus 5.4% of excess over $8,584
  • Property tax: Commercial and industrial property assessed at 32%; personal property at 33 1/3%.
  • Business inventories are not taxed. Tax rates are the aggregate of local taxing districts and a .03 state tax.
  • State sales and use tax: 4.225%
  • Unemployment insurance taxable wage base: $11,500
  • Unemployment insurance new employer entry rate: 2.376%


Missouri is a low tax state

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Energy Costs

Keep your operating costs at a minimum; with a low, predictable monthly bill, you’ll be able to budget more accurately and effectively.

  • Commercial electricity costs are nearly 19% lower than the U.S. average, at 8.77 cents/kWh (EIA, 2020)
  • Residential electricity costs are more than 19% lower than the U.S. average, at 10.90 cents/kWh (EIA, 2020)
  • Industrial electricity costs are 4% lower than the U.S. average, at 6.38 cents/kWh (EIA, 2020).
  • 7th-best energy regulatory index (Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council)


In Their Words

This rebar micro-mill project is consistent with our long-term strategy for profitable growth and builds on our position as the low-cost producer. Strategically positioning this micro-mill in Sedalia will give us a sustained cost advantage over other domestic steel producers supplying rebar from outside the region.

— Nucor / John Ferriola

There are cost advantages to working out of Missouri. Corporate taxes, fuel taxes and property taxes are very low in the state. Utility costs among the lowest in the country.

— Integrated Wind Energy / Hugh Gilmore

For manufacturing, overall costs of labor, utilities, cost of land and buildings and the skilled labor pool, Missouri is one of the best values in the country.

— Leinco Technologies / Patrick Leinert

The work ethic here is really good. People come in and work hard. They’re used to working hard before we hire them.

— Jack Henry & Associates / Jack Prim

I've lived in a lot of places, and there is a difference here in how people conduct themselves. There is a strong work ethic and friendliness that I haven't found elsewhere.

— Triumph Pharmaceuticals / Dr. Susanne Cohen