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Kansas 20th in tax burden, says Wallethub

Kansas is toward the middle when it comes to overall tax burden, according to data from the personal finance website, Wallethub.

“Kansas ranked 20th overall,” said analyst Jill Gonzalez. “It actually tied with Kentucky for the overall tax burden, essentially, how much of your income goes to taxes every year. It’s just under 9 percent.”

The bulk of that is sales and excise taxes, followed by property and income taxes.

“There’s a few states that don’t have any individual income tax,” said Gonzalez. “Texas, Florida, South Carolina, etc. It’s definitely not equal there. They end up paying much more when it comes to sales taxes and usually when it comes to property taxes, as well.”

It’s important to note that the math is combined here in ways that it’s not in tax code.

“This is not a tax rate,” said Gonzalez. “It’s your tax burden. It’s essentially adding up all property, income and sales taxes to see how much of your income is going to taxes every year. In New York, where it’s the highest, it’s about 13 percent of your income going straight to taxes every year. In Alaska, it’s more like 5 percent.”

Kansas is 18th in property tax burden, 38th in income tax and 13th in sales and excise tax burden, according to Wallethub data.


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