Legally married same-sex couples are suing the Kansas Department of Revenue over a policy that says they must file separate state tax returns.

State Tax Revenues Miss Expectations In October

Oct 31, 2013

The Kansas Department of Revenue says the state collected nearly $18 million less in taxes than anticipated in October.

Kansas Tax Changes Leave Fewer Dollars For Services

Oct 25, 2013

City and county leaders met Thursday at KU for a panel that focused on the effects of recent changes to state tax policy.

Kansas has cut individual income tax rates and eliminated taxes for nearly 200,000 businesses over the past two years.

The changes have resulted in lower tax rates for most taxpayers, but also fewer dollars available for state government and state aid to local governments.

Local officials say the state is pushing more responsibility for funding and providing public services on them.

Kansas Says Gay Couples Must File Taxes As Singles

Oct 7, 2013

Kansas says same-sex couples must file their state income tax returns as if each person were single - even if they filed as married on their federal returns.

The state revenue department issued the guidance Friday. It plans to provide a worksheet in its instruction booklet for calculating income, deductions and other data.

The agency says the approach adheres to the Kansas Constitution's definition of marriage. It contends the recent U.S. Supreme Court case upheld the rights of states to define and regulate marriage.

State Tax Revenues Short Of Expectations

Sep 30, 2013

A new report says Kansas collected slightly less in taxes than expected in the first quarter of the fiscal year, but officials believe the shortfall may actually be a positive economic sign.

Kansas gamblers will still be able to deduct part of their losses on their income tax forms this year, but starting next year that deduction is gone.

Doing away with the little-used gambling deduction was a popular idea among lawmakers during their session.

The bill that included gambling losses cut most deductions by 30 percent for the 2013 calendar year.

Kansas Counties Want Tax Clarification

Jul 26, 2013

Some county officials are asking Kansas lawmakers to clarify whether back taxes on personal property follow the property, or should be assessed to its owner.

House Turns Down Tax Compromise

May 28, 2013

The Kansas House has rejected a plan for cutting personal income taxes further and for setting the state's sales tax at 6 percent.

Legislative Tax Talks Continue

May 21, 2013

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate are moving closer to a deal on canceling all or part of a scheduled drop in the state sales tax.

It was an unusual day at the Kansas Statehouse Thursday, as Republicans from the House and Senate gathered to smooth out differences between the two chambers on tax and budget issues. Some lawmakers said it had been at least seven years since Republicans from the two chambers met as a group to discuss policy.

“It’s fun as we go out to our dinners and take potshots at each other almost as if we’re competitors," said Ty Masterson, a Republican from Andover who heads the Kansas Senate budget committee. "But in reality, we’re all part of the same team, we are the legislative branch.”