The Kiplinger Tax Map: Guide to State Income Taxes, State Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, Sin Taxes
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State-by-State Guide to Taxes

Compare state tax rates and rules — on income, ordinary purchases, gas, sin products, property, and more — across the U.S.


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Map of Kansas

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Kansas has seen a lot of tax drama in the past decade as it implemented, then ultimately rejected, a series of tax cuts promoted by then-Governor Sam Brownback. Individual income taxes rates went up in 2017, as well as business taxes. For 2018, the legislature debated how to respond to federal tax reform, but ultimately made no changes. As a result, Kansans who opt for the standard deduction on their federal return will have to do the same on their state return; for some, this will mean higher taxes.

Sales taxes are high (and are applied to groceries), and property taxes lean high as well.

Sales Tax

6.5% state levy. Localities can add as much as 4%, and the average combined rate is 8.68%, according to the Tax Foundation. These rates apply to groceries as well. Starting in 2020, sales tax on food could be lowered to 2%. A food sales tax credit of $125 per person is available to seniors and those claiming dependents; income limitations apply.

Income Tax Range

Low: 3.1% (on $2,500 or less of taxable income for single filers and $5,000 or less for joint filers)

High: 5.7% (on more than $30,000 of taxable income for single filers and more than $60,000 for joint filers).

See’s Retiree Tax Map to learn how Iowa taxes Social Security income and other forms of retirement income.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.24 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.26 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on Kansas’ median home value of $132,000 is $1,890.

See’s Retiree Tax Map for details on tax breaks for seniors in Kansas.

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is due on purchases. Counties charge an annual excise tax based on a vehicle’s age and value.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1.29 per pack
Other tobacco products: 10% of wholesale price

Beer: $0.18 per gallon
Wine: $0.30 per gallon
Liquor: $2.50 per gallon

Vapor products: $0.05 per ml of e-juice.

Travel Taxes

Hotel: Many counties levy a tax of between 2% and 9%. As sales tax is also due, this gives the city of Overland Park the highest lodging taxes in the country, at 17.65%, per a study funded by the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation.

Rental cars: 3.5%, plus sales tax.

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no estate tax or inheritance tax.

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