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Kansas tax burden relatively high, survey says

The personal finance website WalletHub released its 2019 Tax Survey this week.

“When we’re looking at different tax burdens across the country, we look at everything from sales and excise taxes, to property taxes, to income taxes,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “Unfortunately, Kansas does not do too well here.”

Kansas is 46th in Overall Effective State & Local Tax Rate.

“When you do account for cost of living, it drops to number 35,” said Gonzalez. “That certainly is helpful. Right now, the average person in Kansas is paying just over $6800 in taxes per year. In most states, that’s more around the $5000 level.”

As for filing taxes, the fears are common, even though the tax law has changed.

“The biggest fears this time around are just making a math mistake on the new tax code,” said Gonzalez. “Around a third of us are afraid of that. Another third are afraid of not having enough money. About a quarter of us are afraid of identity theft and about 20 percent are afraid of getting audited after all is said and done.”

Fewer than 4 in 10 people are happy with President Trump’s tax reforms.


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