By Quinn O’Hara
Kansas is set to lower its food tax once again on January 1st, 2024.
In May of 2023, Governor Laura Kelly signed the “Axe the Food Tax” legislation. The bill dropped the food tax rate in Kansas from 6.5% to 4% in January of this year. The tax rate will drop to 2% on January 1st of 2024, and be finally reduced to 0 on January 1st of 2025.
Kelly said previously that the lower sales tax will save taxpayers about $740 million over the three-year reduction. She said a family spending $200 a week on groceries was expected to save $208 in 2023.
This new lower rate applies to food, food ingredients and certain prepared foods. Shoppers can expect to see two tax rates on their receipts, one for qualifying items and one for other items.
The state’s new tax rate does not account for any additional city and county taxes.