3-Part series: Kansas’ damaging grocery tax



Kansas’ state tax on groceries puts an unfair burden on low income families, hurts rural grocers and their employees, and drives shoppers across state lines to buy food. KC Healthy Kids has commissioned the Kansas Public Finance Center at Wichita State University to publish a series of reports examining these three ways sales tax on food impacts Kansans.

  1. The incidence of the inclusion of food at home preparation in the sales tax base: Kansas food tax puts an unfair burden on the poor and those in rural areas.
  2. The effect of the inclusion of groceries in the sales tax base on rural grocery stores: Kansas food tax takes a toll on rural grocery stores, their employees and local economies. Eliminating sales tax on groceries could boost economic activity and improve nutrition for Kansans.
  3. Sales tax rate differentials and cross-border shopping: With lower or no taxes on food in neighboring states, what is the impact on retailers’ businesses?
  4. NEW! Economic effects of the reduction of the food sales tax: Exempting groceries from the retail sales tax base and increasing income taxes would create a nearly neutral result in terms of gross economic effects.


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