Variations in Receipt of Benefit
Benefit Varies with Income
Benefit Varies with Taxes Due
The benefit is a payment distributed through income tax bill. The amount of the benefit varies with both income and property tax paid or rent constituting property taxes paid. For 2015, the maximum benefit is $750 for renters and $1,100 for homeowners. Claimants with income below $14,300 are eligible for the maximum benefit. For claimants with income above $14,300, the benefit decreases for each $300 increase in income and for every $25 decrease in property tax paid or rent constituting property taxes paid. Married couples qualify for benefit with income up to $29,500 if they are renters or up to $34,000 if they are homeowner for the entire year. Rent constituting property taxes is calculated at 20% of the gross rent paid by a claimant and spouse in the calendar year.
How is Benefit Disbursed
Credit to the income tax bill
Eligible Property Type
Characteristics of Eligible Property
Only homesteads are eligible for this tax benefit. The homestead is the dwelling owned or rented by the claimant and up 5 acres of land surrounding. It may consist of part of a multi-dwelling or multipurpose building and part of the land upon which it is built. Mobile homes may be eligible for this benefit.
Property Value Limit
Description of Eligibility Criteria
The claimant or their spouse must be (a) at least 65 years old on or before the last day of the calendar year; (b) a veteran of any branch of the armed forces of the United States or the state who became 100% disabled as a result of such service; (c) disabled; or (d) have reached the age of 60 on or before the last day of the calendar year and received surviving spouse Social Security benefits during the calendar year. The claimant or spouse must be a resident of Missouri for the entire year. For renters/part-year owners, total household income must be $27,500 or less. If married filing combined, total household income must be $29,500 or less. For claimants that owned and occupied the homestead for the entire year, total household income must be $30,000 or less. If married filing combined, total household income must be $34,000 or less.
Local Option in Adoption of Program
Local government is unable to exercise an option
Local Option Regarding Program Features
No local option regarding program features
State Funding for Local Tax Loss
State reimburses all of the local government tax loss
Description of State Funding for Tax Loss
Benefit is distributed by state through income tax bill.