Kansas Considers Income Tax Elimination
- Mar 23, 2012 | Susan McLain
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), “Kansans likely would face higher sales and property taxes if the state legislature moves forward with efforts to eliminate the state income tax.”
In a press release last month, Erica Williams, policy analyst and co-author of a CBPP report released recently, said, “If Kansas gets rid of the income tax the state will likely find itself both raising other taxes on middle- and low-income families and making massive cuts to vital services that will badly damage the state’s economy.”
Areas that would be impacted could include education, transportation and public safety.
The report indicates that “[s]ales taxes in … no-income-tax states [are] 21 percent higher per capita and 18 percent higher as a share of personal income than the national average.”
States are challenged lately to either redefine their tax policy, or continue with large cuts or a combination of the two. Two other states, Nebraska and Oklahoma are also considering eliminating their income tax structure and debating what to exchange it for in order to not have to cease providing critical services.