Politics & Government

Tax amnesty program falls short of goal, collects $23 million

A program to offer amnesty to people who owed back taxes generated $7 million less than Kansas lawmakers had expected, according to a document from the state’s Legislative Research Department.

The state agreed to waive penalties on back taxes during September and October in hopes of bringing in an estimated $30 million as part of the plan lawmakers passed last June to fill a budget shortfall. Documents presented to south-central Kansas lawmakers at a forum Thursday at Wichita State University show that the program brought in $23.1 million, falling short of the goal.

Previously unpaid corporate income tax accounted for $17.5 million of what the state collected through the program.

Despite the money brought in by the program, Kansas lawmakers will face a $14 million budget shortfall for the current fiscal year when they convene the 2016 session on Monday.

Bryan Lowry: 785-296-3006, @BryanLowry3