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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed one of the largest tax relief measures in Kansas history. At the heart of the tax changes is a reduction of individual tax rates and a shift from a three-bracket to a two-bracket system.
June 27, 2012

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed one of the largest tax relief measures in Kansas history. At the heart of the tax changes is a reduction of individual tax rates and a shift from a three-bracket to a two-bracket system.

For tax years beginning January 1, 2013, instead of individual taxpayer rates of 3.5, 6.25 and 6.45%, rates will reduce to 3.0 and 4.9%. Corporate tax rates will remain unchanged.

The bill also provides an exemption which eliminates certain non-wage business income and/or losses reported by LLCs, partnerships, S Corporations and sole proprietorships from Kansas individual taxable income. Therefore, any income reported from a K-1 is not subject to Kansas individual income tax.

Due to this exemption, a flow-through entity should be considered when starting a new business in Kansas. Also, companies currently structured as a C Corporation should consider an election to be treated as a S Corporation. Your tax advisor should be consulted when determining the entity structure.

Other changes include increases to the standard deduction for head-of-household from $4,500 to $9,000, and for married taxpayers filing jointly from $6,000 to $9,000.

Certain tax credits will be repealed such as the food sales tax rebate and the child and the dependent care credit.

RubinBrown has a dedicated group focused on the Life Sciences Industry to provide assurance, tax, and business advisory service to businesses in this industry group. Specialized segments include animal health, plant sciences, human health, and renewable energy.

 

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