Kansas – State Recommends Taxes that Target Internet, Digital Sales

In efforts to keep up with the technological times, Gov. Laura Kelly’s advisory council supported millions in new taxes in the digital economy. But others are concerned that Kansas should first focus on restoring fiscal health.

(TNS) — On Tuesday, the advisory council appointed by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly recommended adoption of a $32 million tax on internet sales by out-of-state businesses and the imposition of a $30 million sales tax on digital products ranging from books to cloud-based applications, magazines, video games and other items.

Former state Sen. Janice Lee and House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer proposed adjustment of state law to compel “marketplace facilitators,” such as Amazon, to mandate collection and payment to the state of sales tax on third-party transactions. Kansas legislators have debated the idea, but Kansas remains one of five states without this provision in state statute.

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by tim carpenter | the topeka capital-jounal
december 5 2019