Tax credits play a significant role in encouraging economic development and investment in various sectors. Missouri offers a range of tax credits designed to stimulate growth, job creation, and community development within the state.

This information sheet provides a brief overview of Missouri tax credits and their potential benefits.

Missouri Tax Credit Programs: (including but not limited to)

  1. Historic Preservation Tax Credit
  2. Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
  3. Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit
  4. Missouri Works Tax Credit
  5. Maternity Home Credit
  6. Youth Opportunity Credit

Benefits and Limitations to Missouri tax credits include:

  1. Reduction of Tax Liability: Tax credits can provide a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the tax liability of qualified individuals or entities. This can lower the overall tax burden and free up resources for other purposes.
  2. Economic Stimulus: Tax credits promote economic growth, attract investments, create jobs, and revitalize communities. They can generate multiplier effects, stimulating additional spending and economic activity.
  3. Community Development: Certain tax credit programs, such as historic preservation and neighborhood preservation, contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage, revitalize distressed areas, and enhance quality of life within communities.

If you use the standard deduction on your federal tax return, you may still benefit from Missouri tax credits. Here’s how:

  1. Determine Eligibility for Missouri Tax Credits: Confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for the specific Missouri tax credit program you are interested in. Each tax credit program has its own eligibility criteria, so review the guidelines provided by the Missouri Department of Revenue or the specific program administering agency.
  2. Claim the Tax Credit on Your Missouri State Income Tax Return: When filing your Missouri state income tax return, you will have the opportunity to claim any eligible tax credits, even if you take the standard deduction on your federal tax return. The Missouri tax credit will directly reduce your state tax liability, potentially resulting in a lower tax bill or a higher refund.
  3. Complete the Necessary Forms and Documentation: Follow the instructions provided by the Missouri Department of Revenue or the specific program administering agency to accurately claim the tax credit on your state income tax return.
  4. Remember that your state tax return is separate from your federal tax return. Even if you choose to take the standard deduction on your federal return, you can still claim tax credits on your Missouri state tax return if eligible.

It’s important to consult with a tax professional to ensure you correctly claim any applicable tax credits and take advantage of all available deductions when filing your Missouri state income tax return