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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Reader seeks equity in tax system

  • I have owned a business in Kansas for a quarter century. Although I am my only full-time employee, a third of my production is sold internationally to strengthen the economy of our state, as well as reduce our international trade deficits. I pay business property tax, sales tax on some business expenses, as well as income tax on any profit my business might earn. I farm.
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  • I have owned a business in Kansas for a quarter century. Although I am my only full-time employee, a third of my production is sold internationally to strengthen the economy of our state, as well as reduce our international trade deficits. I pay business property tax, sales tax on some business expenses, as well as income tax on any profit my business might earn.  I farm.
    I have a friend who also owns a business in Kansas. He is also his only employee. He pays an insignificant amount of business property or sales tax. The only thing his business contributes to the expenses of running this state is income tax. He is an investment adviser.
    While I do not want to shift the entire burden of paying for the services and infrastructure Kansas offers to his business, neither do I want that burden shifted entirely to my business.
    Our strength has always been a broad tax base, often referred to as the three-legged stool of finance. While any particular tax inherently hits some businesses and individuals harder than others; by keeping the property, sales and income taxes viable and somewhat balanced, we can all share equitably in supporting the great state in which we live.  No one business suffers disproportionally.
    As the governor pushes to eliminate income tax, he is merely shifting the burden into a smaller tax base. I hope my friend the financial adviser agrees it is unreasonable to shift the tax burden to me.
    We need to retain the Kansas income tax.
    —Jay B Warner, McPherson

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