Tool | October 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.


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Map of Kansas

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’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’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.

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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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