As tax day approaches, many Kansans are anxiously awaiting their tax returns. This year, however, many will get less than in years past, when they may have been refunded money that went toward sales tax on food. But 2012 was the last year Kansas issued that refund. The change will impact about 385,000 eligible Kansans who used it.
The legislature turned the sales tax refund into a credit after 2012. Since then, the number of Kansans receiving the credit was down to 77,800 for both years 2013 and 2014 due to the non-refundability. This means there are 300,000 fewer working families, single parents and senior citizens receiving tax relief for food.
This is why House Bill 2444, which lowers the state sales tax on food to 2.6%, is so important. It will still be up for consideration by the legislature when they return at the end of the month.
“Food is not a luxury item and the people of Kansas should not be charged sales tax for groceries,” said Ashley Jones-Wisner, state policy manager for KC Healthy Kids. “Those refunds would have undoubtedly been used for goods and services in their Kansas communities,” she added.