The Missouri Gas Tax App can help Missourians get a gas tax refund
The state of Missouri has created a fully refundable gas tax, but it’s likely banking on drivers who don’t submit receipts. A new app hopes to change that.
ST. LOUIS – It’s hard to ignore the cost of gas these days, but there might be a new tool in Missouri to help you get some of your pump money back.
It’s free money, but the state probably hopes you’ll forget about it. Until now.
News of this refundable gas tax has been widely publicized. Gasoline tax will increase by 2.5 cents each year for the next few years until it reaches about 30 cents per gallon in Missouri.
You may not have noticed this kind of gradual change before, but with gas prices skyrocketing, people are looking for a way to save on gas money.
“Once I realized Missouri was taxing us on something that was fully refundable, it felt like a little cash grab,” said Tammi Hilton, restaurateur and creator of the No MO Gas Tax app. “I wanted to find a way to provide a solution behind this.”
His solution was to create an app that digitizes and tracks gas receipts, making it much easier and more manageable to track gas purchases and submit receipts to the state.
She thinks the state is counting on drivers being too lazy to hand out receipts.
“Either be lazy and not know it, not know how to get your money back, think it’s too hard, think maybe you missed your chance,” said Hilton, who reminded drivers that the first time you can submit your gas receipts is in July. “It has nothing to do with the taxes you file at the end of the year,” she added.
Missouri has one of the lowest gas taxes in the country, and that money would pay for things like infrastructure. The state also hasn’t had a gas tax increase in 25 years. Hilton said that while she understands this and drives on roads that need repairs, she believes the state is getting money from other sources, like the federal government, to fix infrastructure.
South Carolina already has a refundable gas tax, and in the first year of its program, a claim rate of around 15% on refunds was recorded. Missouri officials said they expected the claim rate to be higher because it made the reimbursement mechanism fairly easy in Missouri.
Hilton thinks her app will make things much easier. She reminded people that money adds up, especially if you have multiple cars in a family or drive a lot for work.
Vehicles under 26,000 pounds and registered in the State of Missouri are eligible for reimbursement. It is estimated to bring in around $500 million when fully implemented, which means no one is handing out receipts.
Ultimately, Hilton said it’s about choice.
“At the end of the day, it’s a refundable tax that’s offered to me,” Hilton said. “And I will enjoy it.”
The No MO Gas Tax app costs $5 to download. The app is not required to issue receipts, which you can submit to the state starting in July.