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GOP-led Kansas House rejects Democratic tax proposal

February 22, 2012

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— The Republican-controlled Kansas House has rejected a Democratic proposal for keeping local property taxes in check.

The plan called for the state to provide $45 million to local governments during the fiscal year that begins in July, to replace property tax revenues. The state used to provide such aid every year but stopped after 2008 because of budget problems.

The House defeated the proposal Tuesday on a 76-41 vote.

Democratic Rep. Jim Ward, of Wichita, offered the plan as an amendment to a bill making a technical change in property tax laws. The House advanced the measure without his amendment.

On Monday, the House Taxation Committee endorsed a GOP plan for cutting the state sales tax and individual income taxes. Some Republicans said Ward's plan hadn't been thoroughly vetted.

Comments

C.D. Henning 3 years, 2 months ago

Start taxing churches. That should do it.

verity 3 years, 2 months ago

There are a lot of churches who are doing a lot of good things as far as helping the less well-to-do---and isn't that what the Republicans have been advocating as making up for the cuts in government social programs?

However, when churches begin to engage in for profit endeavors, they should be taxed. Any legal authority that knows the laws that pertain to that kind of activity?

jafs 3 years, 2 months ago

As far as I know, churches are tax exempt precisely because they are non-profits.

If they engage in for profit endeavors, they would lose that status, no?

verity 3 years, 2 months ago

I googled "churches running for profit businesses"

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Nonprofit-Law-2266/2010/6/Profit-business-church-property.htm

http://nonprofit.about.com/od/nonprofitmanagement/f/Unrelated.htm

According to these sites, they do have to pay taxes. One gets the impression, though, that the IRS is probably not looking at non-profits very closely. The following site is interesting, but I don't see that it says anyplace whether the church is paying taxes or not.

http://www.wheatandtares.org/2011/06/07/if-i-were-in-charge-tithe-the-churchs-for-profit-businesses/

There are many more interesting looking sites listed, but I don't have time to look at anymore right now.

verity 3 years, 2 months ago

I just had to click on this one---

http://www.startchurch.com/services/for-profit

For only three payments of $233.00 you can learn how to set up a for profit owned by your church and make lots of tax-free money.

What can I say---except that I suspect there is a lot of profits not being taxed. But I could be wrong.

Clearly4Kansas 3 years, 2 months ago

The most efficient and well managed public services come when local entities manage local tax resources. Representative Ward's idea is flawed and would result in a bloated bureaucracy combined with poor service. Which is exactly what happened when the President wasted trillions of stimulus $$$ in an attempt to prop up state and local govt entities.

verity 3 years, 2 months ago

Raising property taxes is not going to bring retirees to Kansas and may have some leaving. Texas has some kinds of breaks for those over 65 on property taxes---I looked online and couldn't find exactly what it is, but I have cousins who live in Texas and would like to retire to Kansas, but may not because of the property taxes.

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