Kansas Statewide Sales Tax Rate Change, July 2013
- Sales Tax Rate Changes
- Jun 4, 2013 | Gail Cole
UPDATE, 6.17.13: The Kansas Department of Revenue has been acting under the presumption that Governor Sam Brownback (R) would sign the budget approved by lawmakers. On June 15, Gov. Brownback did sign budget, thereby making official the sales tax decrease discussed below. Read the official state notice here.
The 6.3% sales tax rate was the result of a 1-cent temporary sales tax increase, enacted in 2010. That elevated rate was set to drop down to 5.7% on July 1. Governor Sam Brownback (R) pushed to permanently extend the temporary increase in order to offset his proposed reduction in personal income tax. Ultimately, Gov. Brownback would like to eliminate income tax in Kansas.
Lawmakers wrestled with the budget 9 days past the final hours of the 2013 legislative session. In the end, a compromise was reached. Instead of dropping down to 5.7% or staying at 6.3%, the state sales tax rate will hover in the middle, at 6.15%. Cuts to income tax rates were also approved.
Low-income residents may apply for a food sales tax rebate.
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