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Study ranks Kansas, Missouri fairly high in tax fairness

Missouri and Kansas appear to have relatively fair state and local tax systems when compared with other states, according to a study released Monday. The study by WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked Kansas 14th for tax fairness. Missouri ranked 21st.
Missouri and Kansas appear to have relatively fair state and local tax systems when compared with other states, according to a study released Monday. The study by WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked Kansas 14th for tax fairness. Missouri ranked 21st. WalletHub

Missouri and Kansas appear to have relatively fair state and local tax systems when compared with other states, according to a study released Monday.

The study by WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked Kansas 14th for tax fairness. Missouri ranked 21st.

Montana topped the rankings, and Washington was at the bottom.

The rankings are based on what Americans think a fair state and local tax system would look like. WalletHub surveyed 1,050 people.

The survey results were then compared with state and local tax burden data from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

Estimates by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy show that under current tax systems, state and local tax burdens go down as household income goes up.

That’s opposite of what the survey indicated Americans think is fair, according to the study.

For more on the 2014’s Most & Least Fair State Tax Systems, go to WalletHub’s website.

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Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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