State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Middle-Class Families
Tool | November 2021

Kansas State Tax Guide for Middle-Class Families

State tax rates and rules for income, sales, gas, property, cigarette, and other taxes that impact middle-class families.


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Least Tax-Friendly

Most people don't think of the farm belt as a high-tax area, but that's the case with a few states in the area — such as Kansas. Sales tax is the main culprit behind the Sunflower State's poor (from a taxpayer standpoint) showing. According to the Tax Foundation, it has the ninth-highest combined sales tax rate in the country. The news gets a little better when it comes to income taxes, which are only slightly above average for middle-class families. However, hundreds of local governments in Kansas also impose a tax on interest, dividends, and other earnings from intangible property.

Income Tax Range

Low: 3.1% (on taxable income from $2,501 to $15,000 for single filers and from $5,001 to $30,000 for joint filers)

High: 5.7% (on more than $30,000 of taxable income for single filers and more than $60,000 for joint filers).

Kansas also has an "intangibles tax" levied on unearned income by some localities.

Sales Tax

6.5% state levy. Localities can add as much as 4%, and the average combined rate is 8.7%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Groceries: Taxable
Clothing: Taxable
Motor Vehicles: Taxable
Prescription Drugs: Exempt

NOTE: The state sales tax on groceries is reduced to 4% in 2023, 2% in 2024, and 0% in 2025 and thereafter. Local taxes on groceries will still apply.

Real Property Taxes

In Kansas, the median property tax rate is $1,411 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: 24.03¢ per gallon (varies by county).
Diesel: 26.03¢ per gallon (varies by county).

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1.29
All other tobacco products: 10% of the wholesale price
Vapor products: $0.05 per ml

Beer: $0.18 per gallon
Wine: $0.30 per gallon, $0.75 per gallon if above 14% alcohol by volume (above 16% alcohol by volume beginning in 2023)
Liquor: $2.50 per gallon
In lieu of state sales tax, an 8% "Liquor Enforcement Tax" is charged on off-premises sales of alcoholic beverages.

Annual Car Taxes and Fees

An annual vehicle property tax based on the car's value is imposed.

Estate and Inheritance Taxes

No estate or inheritance tax.