Politics & Government

Multiple sclerosis society seeks to regain tax credit for accessibility

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society asked lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday to reinstate a recently eliminated tax credit that cuts the cost of making homes more accessible to people with disabilities.

The massive tax cuts approved by lawmakers and signed by the governor last year eliminated the disabled access tax credit for everyone except those paying corporate income tax.

It’s not heavily used. The society says state figures show people filed only 59 claims between 2008 and 2010. But the roughly $107,000 it provided taxpayers helped people maintain their independence, the society said in testimony presented to the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee.

The disabled access credit was enacted in 1977.

The society’s request accompanied other testimony in opposition to Brownback’s proposal to drive down income tax rates once again this year.

Brownback’s administration says the elimination of tax credits and deductions offset the income tax reductions for most Kansas taxpayers. The Senate panel heard from advocates of Brownback’s plan earlier this week.