Comply With State and Federal Tax Regulations

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Businesses operating in Kansas City, MO, are subject to a number of tax obligations and other requirements at the city, county, state and federal levels. By knowing beforehand which tax obligations and other governmental requirements are necessary for your business to operate, you can plan in advance to assure that your business meets these obligations.

Business operators should obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number based on the type of business operation.

Online business registration is available.

Many business owners in Kansas City, Mo., also must obtain a Missouri Tax Identification Number based on the type of business in operation. Information is available through the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Missouri Department of Revenue
State Office Building, 615 E. 13th St., Room 127
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 889-2944

One of the unique taxes levied by the City of Kansas City, MO, is the Earnings Tax, a one percent withholding on gross wages, salaries, commissions and all other earned compensation paid to employees living and/or working in Kansas City, Mo. For businesses, the tax is one percent of net profits. To learn more about this tax, contact the City’s Finance Department.

Finance Department
Revenue Division
414 E. 12th St., Second Floor, City Hall
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 513-1120

Submit an Economic Activity Taxes summary form as required for businesses operating within a designated Tax Increment Financing district.

Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, MO
1100 Walnut St., Suite 1700
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 221-0636
EATS Summary Form

At the county level, business owners must obtain a Merchant’s License and file a Business Property and Equipment Declaration.

Jackson County Courthouse
Assessment Department

415 E. 12th St., 1M
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 881-4672

Platte County Collector’s Office
Platte County South Annex
7655 N.W. Prairie View Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64151
Phone: (816) 858-3356

The City of Kansas City, MO, proper, City limits, reside in parts of four counties that may have additional requirements your business will need to meet. These include occupation or liquor licenses and personal or real property taxes. Contact the county where your business will be located to determine which of these requirements apply.

Jackson County Courthouse
Department of Finance
Property Tax Division

415 E. 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 881-3232

Clay County Courthouse
Assessor’s Office

1 Courthouse Square
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: (816) 407-3470

Platte County Courthouse
Assessor’s Office

P.O. Box 20
Platte City, MO 64079
Phone: (816) 858-2232

Cass County Courthouse
102 E. Wall St.
Harrisonville, MO 64701
Phone: (816) 380-8102