Taxes in Kansas


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Kansas levies some of the highest state taxes in the midwest, including sales taxes and income taxes on some retirement benefits. Below, we explain various Kansas state taxes affecting retirement income, such as sales tax, inheritance tax, and property taxes.

For information regarding taxes in other states, see Retirement Taxes by State.

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Kansas Tax Rates

State Sales Tax6.50%
Avg State/Local Sales Tax8.71%
Gas Tax$0.24 per gallon
Diesel Tax$0.26 per gallon
Cigarette Tax$1.29 per pack
Income Tax5.70%
Effective Tax Rate:5.13%
Property Tax1.41%
Social Security TaxPartial
Medical/Dental Deduction:Yes
Federal Income Tax Deduction:None
Retirement TaxPartial
State Taxes in Kansas

Kansas State Taxes Explained

Kansas Sales Tax

6.5%. Cities and counties may add another 4.1% for an average combined rate of 8.76%. Kansas does not tax prescription drugs, or medical devices like wheelchairs, lifts and CPAP machines. Hearing aid replacement parts are tax-exempt. The state sales tax on groceries is scheduled to decrease incrementally to 4% in 2023, 2% in 2024, and zero in 2025.

Kansas Income Taxes

A max income tax of 5.7%. Some Kansas municipalities also levy an “intangibles tax” on unearned income.

Kansas Property Taxes

The effective property tax rate across Kansas is 1.41% on average. This rate can vary a great deal between counties, but residents pay an average of $2,137 on $151,900, the median-value home value in Kansas.

Homeowners born before January 1, 1964, may be eligible for a refund of up to $700 on property taxes under the Kansas Homestead Property Tax Refund Act. Household income must be under $35,700 to qualify. The taxpayer must have been totally and permanently disabled or blind during the entire year (regardless of age) or had a dependent child under age 18 living in the household.

The Kansas Property Tax Relief for Low Income Seniors (SAFESR) offers a 75% refund on property tax paid. Kansas homeowners who live in the state year-round with a household income under $20,900 (adjusted annually) qualify at the age of 65 or older. The home value must be below $350,000. Residents are not eligible for both SAFESR and the Homestead refund. See the Kansas Homestead Refund for more information.

Kansas Retirement Taxes

Military, civil service, federal, state and local government pensions are exempt. Social Security income is exempt for residents with a federal adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less. Out-of-state and other pensions are fully taxed along with income from a 401(k) or IRA.

Taxpayers can deduct medical and dental expenses exceeding 7.5% of adjusted gross income (AGI).

Kansas Estate and Inheritance Taxes

Kansas does not charge an estate tax or inheritance tax.

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