Tax burden in the states

As Kansas debates tax reform, and as our state is frequently compared to Texas, we should take a look at the two states and their taxes.

Texas has no income tax. Supporters of keeping Kansas income tax rates high say that Texas has high property taxes in order to “pay for” the zero income tax rate.

It’s true that property tax rates in Texas are higher than in Kansas, according to 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study from Minnesota Taxpayers Association.

But what’s not often mentioned is that Texas state and local governments collect less tax from their citizens, compared to Kansas. This means that Texas is not burdened with costly government as is Kansas, and more money is left for taxpayers to spend in the productive private sector. And, spend it how they see fit.

State and Local Taxes Paid Per Capita, 2010

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