Tax council faces daunting challenge



October 23, 2019 - 10:30 AM

The Governor’s Council on Tax Reform met for the second time last week, with special attention paid to tax bills passed last session but ultimately vetoed by Gov. Laura Kelly.

While it’s likely not worth litigating again — the legislation passed would have benefited some individual taxpayers along with multinational corporations — the meeting highlighted just how complex taxation really is. Making a small change in one area can result in large repercussions in another. The council has its work cut out for it, and we wish them well.

The traditional way of looking at state taxes is through the analogy of the three-legged stool. That is, Kansas government depends on income, sales and property taxes to balance the books. If revenue from any one of those three sources craters, the burden is passed on to the other two.

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