Poll: Some 60 percent of Kansas say they prefer a flat tax

Americans for Prosperity – Kansas (AFP-KS) has released a poll showing a bipartisan coalition of taxpayers strongly supports replacing the current three income tax rates, ranging from 3.1% to 5.75% depending on income, to a single tax rate of 5.25%

The poll of 600 Kansas voters conducted by Public Opinion Strategies found 67% of Republicans, 56% of Independents, and 45 % of Democrats favor the new system, which would exempt the first $12,300 of income for joint filers. 

The entire package of cuts in income, sales, and property taxes amounts to nearly $1.6 billion over three years. 

The survey found: 

  • Inflation and the cost of living are the top issues for voters, ranking at 25% of those surveyed. 
  • 58% of voters favor the single tax rate system change, including over one-quarter (27%) strongly favoring this proposal. The proposal receives strong support from Republicans (67%), has majority support from Independents (56%), and 45% of Democrats. 
  • A majority (52%) of voters who approve of Laura Kelly as Governor also favor changing the tax system. Nearly three-quarters of voters (73%) who disapprove of Governor Kelly are in favor of the proposed change. 

In a statement, AFP-KS State Director Elizabeth Patton says a simpler, single tax rate structure provides a greater return for taxpayers: 

“Hardworking Kansans deserve tax relief and that begins with reforming our current complicated system. Rather than selectively picking policies in Governor Kelly’s proposed bill, voters overwhelming want state lawmakers to enact commonsense tax reform through a simple, single-rate system so they can have the maximum amount of savings.” 

The organization suggests taxpayers visit FairShareKansas.com to compare the taxes they are paying now with the proposed change. 

David Hicks – The Sentinel

David Hicks grew up in southern Missouri and graduated from Mizzou with a degree in political science.  He has worked as a congressional staffer, broadcaster, government bureaucrat, columnist, campaign worker, and small business owner. He and his wife live in Bonner Springs.