MISSOURI — A new app on your phone can help you get some of your money back from the gas pump.
The statewide fuel tax went from 17 cents per gallon to 19.5 cents in October. The tax will increase by 2.5 cents each year until the gasoline tax reaches approximately 30 cents per gallon.
The state has started offering a refund on the 2.5 cents per gallon increase, but it’s not as simple as sending receipts. Records of each purchase should be kept and possibly entered into a claim form or submitted on the Department of Revenue website.
A St. Louis-area restaurant owner decided to create the “No MO Gas Tax” app to help keep track of those receipts.
“Once I realized Missouri was taxing us on something that was fully refundable, it felt like a little cash grab,” Tammi Hilton told the St. Louis NBC affiliate. KSDKComment. “I wanted to find a way to provide a solution behind this.”
The app will scan and track gas receipts after uploading a photo of the receipt.
Hilton told KSDK that she feels the state is banking 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 the opportunity,” Hilton said. “It has nothing to do with the taxes you file at the end of the year,” she added.
Vehicles under 26,000 pounds and registered in the State of Missouri are eligible for reimbursement. Fuel must have been purchased between October 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
the No MO Gas Tax App costs $5 to download. The application is not required to submit receipts, which you can submit to the state from July through September 30.