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  • Turn Short-Term Surpluses Into Long-Term Tax Relief

    Turn Short-Term Surpluses Into Long-Term Tax Relief0

    If it wasn’t clear enough already, recent tax estimate updates show Kansas is awash with excess funds from over-taxation. The Kansas Legislative Research Department’s recent tax revenue estimate update for April 2022 increased the estimate for FY 2023 by $407.8 million for a whopping total of $9.5 billion in State General Fund tax collections. It’s

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  • High Tax Revenue Continues into December 2021

    High Tax Revenue Continues into December 20210

    In December 2021, the state of Kansas took in a total tax revenue of $890.3 million, which was 7.8% greater than the estimates for this month. This includes $293.5 million in sales taxes and $550.3 million in income taxes. The revenue collected for December of this year was 15.6% higher than what it was in the

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  • Cut Wasteful Spending to Eliminate the Food Sales Tax

    Cut Wasteful Spending to Eliminate the Food Sales Tax0

    Kansas Governor Laura Kelly this week announced a new initiative to eliminate the states’ sales tax on food. Kansas’ grocery sales tax is the second-highest in the country, so this change would be welcome. However, her plan to make up for the lost revenue with surplus dollars will eventually lead to higher taxes somewhere else

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  • Use Excess Revenues for Tax Relief, Not More Spending

    Use Excess Revenues for Tax Relief, Not More Spending0

    Kansas took in 33% more in revenues in the first quarter of FY 2022 than the first quarter of FY 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Kansas Department of Revenue’s 2021 report. This trend isn’t new: in FY 2021, the state recorded an actual collected tax revenue $758 million higher than its estimate.

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  • Legislature must protect small sellers from Governor’s unilateral action

    Legislature must protect small sellers from Governor’s unilateral action0

    Following the Supreme Court’s South Dakota v Wayfair decision, nearly all states have used their legislative authority to protect small sellers from expansive sales taxation. However, Kansas is the only state that not only has no small-seller exemption to sales tax rules. What’s worse, Gov. Laura Kelly’s Department of Revenue issued a constitutionally suspect order

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  • Kansas RELIEF Act can spur COVID Recovery

    Kansas RELIEF Act can spur COVID Recovery0

    The Kansas Senate recently passed a Kansas RELIEF Act which returns roughly $450 to $470 million to Kansans. Under a Balanced Budget Plan, the RELIEF Act can spur a statewide economic recovery from the COVID pandemic. The Kansas “Rebuilding Employers and Livelihoods: Investing in Everyone’s Future” or RELIEF Act has many provisions that focus on

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