ROELAND PARK, Kan. (KWCH) – Governor Laura Kelly unveiled three ‘Axing Your Taxes’ plans Monday that she says will save Kansans more than $500 million over the next three years. The plan includes an immediate end to excise taxes and the elimination of state taxes on diapers and feminine hygiene products; create an annual sales tax holiday for school supplies; and cut Social Security taxes for retirees.
“I am pleased to present a plan that taxes Kansas families and retirees in a way that keeps the state’s economy and budget strong,” the governor said. “By cutting taxes on groceries and meat, school supplies and Social Security, this plan will put money back in the pockets of Kansans and create real savings for those who really need it.”
Last spring, Governor Kelly signed the “Ax the Food Tax” bill to phase out the 6.5% sales tax on grocery sales, one of the highest in the nation. of the country, starting January 1, 2023. On Monday, he immediately pushed it. The tax is abolished as opposed to a gradual reduction that starts on January 1st. The new bill also includes an end to state sales taxes on other essential items such as diapers and feminine hygiene products, which are not included in the version 2022.
The second part of the ‘Axing Your Taxes’ plan will create a three-day zero percent tax holiday on school supplies, personal computers, educational materials and art supplies, every August.
According to a release from the governor’s office, “the holiday will provide relief for families and teachers preparing to return to school and will keep Kansas retailers competitive with neighboring states.”
Currently, Kansans earning less than $75,000 a year pay no state income tax on Social Security income. But when they earn an extra dollar — including from investments and life insurance policies — all Social Security earnings are subject to state taxes. The third part of Governor Kelly’s ‘Axing Your Taxes’ plan would smooth that gap so that no Kansan making less than $100,000 pays full Social Security taxes.
“I call on legislators in both parties to support these bills and provide financial assistance to families and retirees across our great state,” the governor said.
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