Go to Retiree Tax Map Kansas Add to State Compare List | View List View State Compare List (0) selected | Compare up to 5 The Bottom Line Least Tax Friendly Faced with a ballooning budget deficit, lawmakers in Kansas boosted taxes this year, making the state even less friendly for retirees. Distributions from individual retirement accounts, 401(k) plans and out-of-state pensions are fully taxed. Kansas excludes Social Security benefits from state income taxes for residents with a federal adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less, but those with a higher AGI will pay taxes on those benefits, too. It's one of Kiplinger's least-friendly states for retirees. State Sales Tax 6.5% state levy. Localities can add as much as 4%, and the average combined rate is 8.68%, according to the Tax Foundation. These rates apply to groceries as well. Starting in 2020, sales tax on food could be lowered to 2%. A food sales tax credit of $125 per person is available to seniors and those claiming dependents; income limitations apply. Income Tax Range Low: 2.9% (on $15,000 or less of taxable income for single filers and $30,000 or less for joint filers)High: 5.2 (on more than $30,000 of taxable income for single filers and more than $60,000 for joint filers)For the 2018 tax year, the low rate will rise to 3.1%, and the high rate to 5.7%. Social Security Social Security benefits are exempt from Kansas income tax for residents with a federal adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less. Exemptions for Other Retirement Income Railroad Retirement benefits are exempt. Military, civil-service, and Kansas state and local government pensions are exempt. Out-of-state government pensions are fully taxed.IRAsTaxable at ordinary income tax rates.401(k)s and Other Defined-Contribution Employer Retirement PlansTaxable at ordinary income tax rates.Private PensionsTaxable at ordinary income tax rates.Public PensionsRailroad Retirement benefits are exempt. Military, civil-service, and Kansas state and local government pensions are exempt. Out-of-state government pensions are fully taxed. Property Taxes The median property tax on Kansas' median home value of $132,100 is $1,840.Tax breaks for seniors: Homeowners 55 and older who earn $33,400 or less are eligible for a refund of up to $700 under the Homestead Property Tax Refund Act (note: 50% of Social Security benefits can be excluded from income for the purposes of qualifying for this program).A Safe Senior property tax refund is available for homeowners 65 or older with household income of $18,900 or less. The refund is 75% of the property taxes paid. The appraised value of the home cannot exceed $350,000 in order to receive this refund. Those who claim this refund cannot claim a Homestead refund. Vehicle Taxes Sales tax is due on purchases. Counties charge an annual excise tax based on a vehicle’s age and value. Inheritance and Estate Taxes There is no estate tax or inheritance tax.