ROWLAND PARK, Kan. — Grocery shoppers in Kansas will see their food taxes reduced again in the new year.
Governor Laura Kelly signed the “Food Tax Elimination” bill in 2022.
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The law would phase out state sales taxes on groceries over three years. From January 1st, interest rates will drop from 4% to 2%.
Many shoppers look forward to seeing their bill go down a bit at checkout. Jade Green and her husband have to support their children, ages 6 and 2.
“We spend on average about $300 a week,” Green said.
Tess Pennanen typically shops for her family once a week.
“Everything is more expensive now,” she says.
Both Green and Pennanen are aware of every dollar saved.
Greene previously lived in Nebraska, where groceries are exempt from state sales tax.
“We lived in Nebraska for about 10 years, and every time we went to the grocery store, we had a budget so we knew what we were going to spend it on,” she said. “I have a family and I plan all my money for food. I would be really happy if I could just walk and go back to my old life.”
Before the law took effect, the tax rate was 6.5%, one of the highest in the country.
“If you don’t eat, you don’t work, and you can’t pay these sales taxes. I was happy that the tax increase was approved, but I wish it would have been increased all at once instead of in stages,” he said. Shopper Jill Huffmire.
Tax cuts make a big difference, especially for people on fixed incomes.
“Every little thing helps,” Huffmire said. “A few dollars for food…we need food to survive.”
They feel it would be much better if they could cross state lines to seek the same relief.
“I think that should be the case everywhere. Everything is trending up, especially in KCMO…” Pennanen said.
Missouri’s food sales tax rate is 1.225%.
Kansas’ tax breaks do not apply to all foods. Click here to see which foods are eligible.