Measure Would Raise MO Cigarette Tax

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) –  A Missouri senator is proposing to eliminate the state income tax for some low-income residents while raising the tax on smokers.

Republican state Sen. John Lamping, of Ladue, has filed legislation that would exempt anyone earning less than $2,000 from having to pay state income tax and slightly lower the taxes for people earning more than that.

His legislation would offset the projected $128 million reduction in state income tax revenues by increasing the cigarette tax to 43 cents per pack. Missouri’s current cigarette tax of 17 cents per pack is the lowest in the nation.

Tax bill is SB638.

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One Comment

  1. jjstee says:

    Residents of Missouri that earn less than $2,000 don’t pay state income tax. Why would he propose to eliminate a non-existing tax? Hmmm. Could this be a ruse to raise the tax on cigarettes?

  2. Ed Golterman says:

    Would rather see job creation which increases tax revenue and more people coming to Missouri for entertainment and staying longer. That generates more tax revenue. revenue. This is ‘too easy’. .

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