Kansas GOP legislators to push tax amnesty plan

TOPEKA | Three key Republican legislators are proposing a tax amnesty program to help Kansas with its budget problems.

Under such a program, people would be able to pay outstanding state taxes without penalty or interest.

Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, of Independence, said Tuesday that the Department of Revenue estimates that such a program could raise $22 million during the state's 2010 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Schmidt said he and Republican Sens. Jay Emler, of Lindsborg, and Les Donovan, of Wichita, are sponsoring a bill to set up such a program.

Legislators must close a projected $328 million deficit in the fiscal 2010 budget. Schmidt said a tax amnesty program is just a small part of the solution.