Gov. Brownback Signs Tax Bill Into Law: Lower Income Tax, Higher Sales Tax

Jun 13, 2013

Legislation that cuts Kansas income taxes over the next five years is now law.

Gov.  Brownback signed House Bill 2059 this morning during a signing ceremony at a construction site in Overland Park.  Brownback followed that event up with a signing ceremony this afternoon at the McGinty Machine Company in downtown Wichita.

Read a summary of the bill here.

The governor's office says House Bill 2059--now law--reduces individual income tax rates by 20 - 23% for Kansans.

It also changes the lowers the standard deduction for personal income taxes--from $9,000 to $7,500 for married taxpayers filing jointly and $5,500 for individuals. The governor hopes to eventually eliminate the state income tax entirely.

The bill also sets the state sales tax rate at 6.1%. Lawmakers had raised the sales tax from 5.7% to 6.3% in 2012, after passing massive income tax cuts. The rate had originally been set to drop back down to 5.7% on July 1. This move will raise an estimated $777 million for the state.