Kansas to say whether September tax collections fell short

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is preparing to disclose whether its tax collections in September fell short of expectations for the fifth consecutive month.

The state Department of Revenue’s report Monday could complicate the state’s budget picture.

Tax collections have fallen short of expectations 10 of the past 12 months. For July and August combined, they were $23 million below official projections for a 2.6 percent shortfall.

Kansas has struggled to balance its budget since Republican legislators slashed personal income taxes at GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s urging in 2012 and 2013 as an economic stimulus.

Tax collections fell short of expectations 31 of the 44 months since the first income tax reductions took effect in January 2013 through August 2016. In the 44 months before that, the state exceeded its projections 23 times.


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