People noticing high taxes in Kansas


If you haven’t filed your taxes this year, you’re almost out of time.

“Nobody likes to pay taxes, let’s put it that way,” said Leighton Broxterman.

He helps people fill out their taxes at the library in Topeka. He said the majority of people breathe a sigh of relief when they’re finished.

“I think they’re happy that they’re done, they walk away, at least that’s done for another year.”

WalletHub says Kansas is the sixth worst taxed state in the country.

The website said they based that on income, real estate, vehicle property, and sales and excise taxes.

In Kansas if you’re single and make under $15,000 a year, you pay 3.1 percent of your income. Those in between $15,000-$30,000 pay at 5.25 percent, and over $30,000 pay at 5.7 percent.

“I have customers from Colorado and Nebraska, Oklahoma, of course Texas, they don’t have state taxes at all, and Kansas has a higher tax rate than any of the others that I’ve noticed,” said tax preparer Sheila Locke.

Locke is the owner of ATS Accounting & Tax Services in Topeka. She has been doing taxes since 2008.

“Everything was totally different this year. All the new tax law changes made all the taxes different this year,” said Locke.

Locke says about 90 percent of her customers are owing at the state level this year, which is up from previous years. She believes federal changes to the tax code have impacted people on the state level.

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