Kansas state taxes 2021: Income and sales tax rates

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Kansas is a progressive income tax state, along with over half of the states in the country. The state also imposes a relatively high sales tax compared with the other states in the country.

Kansas personal income tax rates: Table

The Kansas single, married filing separate, head of household, and married filing jointly tax brackets are displayed in the table below. These income tax rates apply to taxable income earned in Kansas from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Kansas personal income tax rates
Tax rate Single, married filing separately, head of household Married, filing jointly
3.10% $0 to $15,000 $0 to $30,000
5.25% $15,001 to $30,000 $30,001 to $60,000
5.70% $30,001 and above $60,001 and above
Source: Kansas Department of Revenue

The Kansas income tax rate and tax brackets above illustrate the progressive aspects of the Kansas income tax structure. With a progressive tax structure, the tax burden actually increases as income increases. In other words, higher income families will pay a greater share of the overall tax burden in Kansas than lower and middle income families.

Who has to file Kansas state taxes?

The key determining factor in deciding whether income is taxed in Kansas is whether the taxpayer is a resident of the state .

Both residents earning income from another state and non-residents who earn income in Kansas are required to file a K-40 income tax return. The form directs you to provide the necessary information to determine if the income earned is taxable. For example, if you are a Kansas resident earning income from another state, you will be asked to confirm that the other state imposes a tax on the income.

Kansas sales tax rate: Table

Kansas imposes a statewide sales tax on purchases in Kansas that is higher than 80 percent of the other 50 states.

Kansas sales tax rate
Sales tax rate National rank
6.5% 9
Source: Tax Foundation

Sales taxes are also imposed throughout Kansas by various local jurisdictions. The combined state and average local sales tax rate in Kansas is 8.68 percent. This combined rate also ranks 9th among the 50 states.

Other things to know about Kansas state taxes

Tax codes in Kansas are as complex as those in most states. They are a multi-level patchwork of different means to secure revenue for the state to operate. It behooves every resident of Kansas to understand these various approaches to taxation and identify those that impact them either directly or indirectly. In addition to the Kansas income tax and the state and local sales taxes, Kansas imposes other taxes including:

In order to obtain additional information about the Kansas state tax structure and to learn specifically about how the tax structure may impact you and your family, you can visit the Kansas Department of Revenue or use this Kansas Tax Calculator.

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