Vol. 17, No. 29 A Newspaper of General Circulation July 18, 2017
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Kansans seeing take-home pay reduced after tax hike
Kansans are feeling the bite from an income tax increase this month.  
Legislators enacted an income tax increase over Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto to raise $1.2 billion over two years. The law took effect July 1, but its changes apply retroactively to the beginning of the year.  
The new law increases rates and ends an exemption for non-wage income earned by more than 330,000 farmers and business owners.  
The state Department of Revenue has revised tables that tell employers how much to withhold from workers’ paychecks for taxes. Revenue Secretary Sam Williams said workers should check to see that adjustments have been made.  
Farmers and business owners face no penalties for waiting until next year to settle their taxes on non-wage income, but the department is encouraging them to make quarterly payments, as they did before the exemption was enacted in 2012.  
“Nobody should come to April 17th next year and be surprised, if we can help it,” Williams said during an interview, referring to the filing deadline.  
Brownback and his staff have strongly criticized the tax increase, and Williams emphasized its broad effects, including for working-class families. –Information from AP  
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