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House panel set to debate abolishing sales tax exemptions

February 11, 2010

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— A Kansas House panel has set aside two days for hearings on whether to abolish several exemptions to the state sales tax.

The House Taxation Committee planned to begin the work Thursday by examining the sales tax exemptions for recreational activities, fundraising events, nonprofit and charitable groups and religious organizations.

Kansas lawmakers have been giving the sales tax a closer look as the state faces a projected $416 million budget deficit in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The House panel has already rejected one revenue-raising idea — a proposal from Gov. Mark Parkinson to raise the 5.3 percent sales tax to 6.3 percent for three years.

Comments

Jeremy DeBoard 4 years, 10 months ago

No ire raised from me, but I'm curious as to why we would want to start taxing our public morale sector and not remove exemptions from the corporate sector as well.

Also I would like to see political campaigns being taxed along with all the other fundraising events out there. Betting those will be left under the exemption clause.

Does this mean school bake sales will have to start paying taxes on their cookies and muffins?

situveux1 4 years, 10 months ago

I believe that political campaign do pay sales tax. If they don't I'd like to see an example, because to my knowledge they do.

But I agree exemptions should be closed although taxing those who do some of the good work in our state is questionable. But if they do remove some exemptions, then remove them all, including the corporate handouts. Let's level the playing field.

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