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House approves Senate's proposed tax changes

TOPEKA – In a nail biter vote, the House narrowly approved a tax bill Friday night that nets the state $61 million through a variety of means.

The Senate substitute for House Bill 2365 passed 65-56 with little debate. A bill needs 63 votes to pass the House. The measure now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

The package is the final piece of the budget solution lawmakers cobbled together to close a $328 million budget gap. Both the tax bill and the budget bill, which included a 2.75 percent cut to most government agencies, came from the Senate and passed through the House with no changes.

The tax package would:

Waive penalties to get delinquent taxpayers to pay up about $35 million in back taxes.

Shorten the time people can file for sales tax and use tax refunds from three years to one year, to bring in about $13.7 million in fiscal 2010.

Suspend a tax credit for film production companies working in Kansas for two years, netting $1 million each year.

Decrease other tax credits 10 percent for two tax years to save $9.2 million in the next fiscal year.

Lawmakers are working toward adjournment, and with this vote that is more likely to happen tonight. Most of the measures that are left are important but of a less critical nature.