Politics & Government

Kansas tax amnesty program begins in September

Kansans who owe the state back taxes will have a six-week window to pay what they owe without penalty.

The Department of Revenue will accept payments for back taxes from individuals and businesses between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15 as part of an amnesty program that will exempt taxpayers from interest and penalties. Payments must be made in full to avoid penalties. The payments can be made through the department’s website.

The Legislature approved the tax amnesty program in the hope of drawing in an estimated $30 million in unpaid taxes.

The policy applies to these taxes:

▪ Income tax (individual, corporate and fiduciary)

▪ Privilege tax

▪ Estate tax

▪ Withholding and estimated tax

▪ Sales tax (state and local)

▪ Compensating use tax (state and local)

▪ Liquor enforcement tax

▪ Liquor drink tax

▪ Cigarette and tobacco products tax

▪ Mineral severance tax

Some lawmakers have expressed skepticism that the amnesty program will yield the full $30 million predicted by the Revenue Department. If the program falls short, that could force the state to make more budget cuts. The state is on pace to have less than $20 million in the bank at the end of June 2016 under the tax plan passed by the Legislature last session.

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