Gas Tax refunds
By Alyssa Andrews
The Missouri Department of Revenue will begin accepting gas tax refunds on July 1 to Sept. 30, 2022. The Department of Revenue (DOP) has created a paper refund form and is in the process of developing an electronic form online.
Missouri increased its tax rate on gasoline in 2021, under the Senate Bill 262: Motor Fuel Tax. This act enacts an additional tax on motor fuel, beginning with 2.5 cents in October 2021, and increasing by 2.5 cents in each fiscal year until reaching an additional 12.5 cents per gallon on July 1, 2025, according to the senate.mo.gov’s website.
The legislation enacting the tax increase allows Missourians to opt out by submitting a claim to the Department of Revenue for a refund. Citizens may maintain and keep records for 3 years to substantiate all claims for exemption and refund.
According to the bill, the exemption and refund of additional motor fuel tax is available only with regard to motor fuel delivered into a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 lbs or less. (Section 142.822.6)
The refund form will request Missourians to list VIN, weight of vehicle, location of purchased fuel, name and address of seller, gallons of fuel, and the Missouri Motor Fuel Increase Paid (Gallons x $0.025).
A separate worksheet needs to be completed for each vehicle a driver is seeking to make a tax refund claim for.
The claim form worksheet is required so motorists do not have to submit their gas receipts when filing for a refund. The department does recommend keeping fuel receipts for three years, however, so it can review claims.
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