NEWS Even after the Kansas food sales tax abatement, you may still be paying top dollar for groceries. That’s why CAD 89.3

Even after the Kansas food sales tax abatement, you may still be paying top dollar for groceries. That's why CAD 89.3

Groceries are slightly cheaper in Kansas after a food sales tax cut that went into effect Jan. 1, but you may still have questions about how much you’re paying.

The cuts cut the sales tax rate on many foods to 4 percent from 6.5 percent.

But some Kansas consumers complained they were still being overcharged or expressed confusion about the numbers on their receipts.

You may have noticed that on your grocery receipt, you’re still charged 4% more on purchases—and some items are still taxed at 6.5%.

Let’s try to answer some questions you may have:

The tax listed on my grocery bill is over 4%. Why?

While the state food sales tax has dropped from 6.5 percent to 4 percent, that’s not the only tax you’ll be charged at checkout.

Shoppers will still have to pay separate food sales taxes to the counties and cities where they shop.

You may also have to pay additional sales tax if you shop in a designated community improvement area designed to incentivize developers.

What are the sales tax rates in Johnson and Wyandotte counties?

Johnson County has a gross sales tax rate of 1.475%, which is added to the state sales tax.

A portion of the county’s sales tax goes to Public Safety, Stormwater, and the Johnson County Education Research Triangle Authority.

The sales tax rate in Wyandotte County is 1%.

What is the sales tax rate in my city?

In addition to state and county sales tax, you will also be required to pay sales tax to the city where you shop.

Here’s a list of sales tax rates for some cities around the Kansas City metro, according to the Kansas Department of Revenue:

  • Bonner Hot Springs — 1.75%
  • fairway – 2%
  • Kansas City, Kansas — 1.625%
  • Leawood — 1.125%
  • Lenexa — 1.375%
  • meriam — 1.5%
  • mission — 1.75%
  • Olathe – 1.5%
  • overland garden — 1.125%
  • grassland village – 1%
  • Shawnee — 1.625%
  • Roland garden — 1.5%
  • westwood — 1.5%

What about community improvement districts?

These can add additional special sales tax on top of state, county and city taxes if you buy groceries within the designated CID.

CIDs are public incentive instruments in which special sales taxes generated within an area’s boundaries help pay for development in that area.

For example, Sonoma Plaza in Lenexa has an additional 1 percent sales tax, and Bluhawk south of Overland Park has an additional half-cent sales tax.

There are many CIDs in Johnson County, you can find a link to an Excel spreadsheet with a statewide list of CIDs here.

So what should my final grocery bill tax be?

It will vary slightly depending on where you shop, but when you factor in state, county, city, and any additional special sales taxes, don’t be surprised if you see a rate of 9% or higher listed at the bottom of your item. Grocery bill.

What items does the Kansas food tax credit apply to?

Food and food ingredients, which the country defines as substances “intended for ingestion or chewing by humans and consumed for their taste or nutritional value”.

This includes produce, bottled water, candy, dietary supplements, vending machine items, soft drinks, eggs, fish, meat, poultry, and more.

What items does the food tax credit not apply to?

Toilet paper, soap, toothpaste and other personal items are still taxed at 6.5%.

Alcoholic beverages, tobacco and prepared foods are also not eligible.

According to the Kansas Department of Revenue, prepared foods are foods that have been heated, have two or more food ingredients combined into one, or are sold with serving dishes.

For example, prepared foods are foods bought at restaurants or soups prepared at the grocery store that may be sold at the deli within the store.

Read the specifics of what does and does not apply to food sales tax relief here.

This story was originally published on the Shawnee Mission Post.

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