Tool | August 2016

State-by-State Guide to Taxes

Compare state tax rates and rules -- on income, ordinary purchases, gas, "sin" products, property, and more -- across the U.S.

Kansas

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The Bottom Line
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Mixed Tax Picture

The Sunflower State is in the midst of a five-year plan to reduce its income tax rates: The income brackets were reduced to two, and the low rate will drop to 2.3% in 2017 and the high rate to 3.9% in 2018. But the state has had budget difficulties since initiating the program, and to make ends meet has raised the state sales tax — which, unlike in most states, applies to food.

Sales Tax

6.5% state levy. Localities can add as much as 4%, and the average combined rate is 8.6%, according to the Tax Foundation. These rates apply to groceries as well. A food sales tax credit of $125 per person is available to seniors and those claiming dependents; to qualify for the credit, federal adjusted gross income may not exceed $30,615.

Income Tax Range

Low: 2.4% (on $15,000 or less of taxable income for single filers and $30,000 or less for joint filers)

High: 4.6% (on more than $15,000 of taxable income for single filers and more than $30,000 for joint filers)

Kansas is following a schedule of lowering rates. For the 2017 tax year, the low rate will drop to 2.3%, and in the 2018 tax year, the top rate will drop to 3.9%.

See Kiplinger.com’s Retiree Tax Map to learn how Iowa taxes Social Security income and other forms of retirement income.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.24 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.26 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on Kansas' median home value of $132,100 is $1,840

See Kiplinger.com’s Retiree Tax Map for details on tax breaks for seniors in Kansas.

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is due on purchases. Counties charge an annual excise tax based on a vehicle’s age and value.

Sin Taxes

Beer: $0.18 per gallon
Wine: $0.30 per gallon
Liquor: $2.50 per gallon
Alcohol for off-premises consumption is taxed at 8%. Beer with 3.2% or less alcohol is taxed at the local sales tax rate.

Cigarettes: $1.29 per pack
Other tobacco products: 10% of wholesale price
e-cigarettes/juice: $0.20 per mL

Travel Taxes

Hotel: Many counties levy a tax of between 2% and 9%. As sales tax is also due, this gives the city of Overland Park the highest lodging taxes in the country, at 17.65%, per a study funded by the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation.

Rental cars: 3.5%, plus sales tax.

Taxes On Wireless Service

13.5%

Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no estate tax or inheritance tax.

Oddball Tax

Like a number of Midwestern and mountain states, Kansas permits the sale of beer with 3.2% alcohol or less (the term of art is "cereal malt beverage") by locations other than liquor stores. Kansas also taxes that beer differently. While all products sold in a liquor store, including, say, a six-pack of Budweiser with 5% alcohol by volume, are taxed at 8%, the convenience store down the street may levy only sales tax on the "cereal malt beverage" version of that Bud six-pack. But thanks to Kansas’s county-based sales tax rates, that tax could also end up being more. In Pomona, Kan., for example, the effective rate on the weaker beer would be 9.7%.

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