Taxes are about to go up again for hundreds of thousands of Kansas homeowners.

Why? Because when Congress reformed Federal taxes in 2017, they inadvertently changed state taxes in Kansas, too — and the Kansas Legislature needs to fix it.

Congress doubled the standard deduction for Federal Income Taxes. But Kansas requires taxpayers who take the federal standard deduction to also take the state standard deduction. That means that anyone who takes the new, larger federal standard deduction can’t claim charitable, medical, mortgage interest or property tax deductions on their state income taxes. For homeowners, that can mean paying more state income taxes.

It’s time for homeowners to take a stand. Kansas should restore the ability of Kansas income tax filers to take advantage of Kansas itemized deductions regardless of whether they itemize or take the standard deduction on their federal filing.

Contact your legislators today! Tell them they need to remove the federal itemization requirement and prevent this hidden income tax increase.


It’s time to take a stand. Tell your legislator to restore the ability to itemized deductions by removing the federal itemization requirement. The Kansas Legislature needs to fix this now!

What You Need To Know About The Pending Hidden Income Tax Increase

“For years and years, Kansas homeowners have been able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes on their state tax return.”

Kansas Homeowners Face A New, Hidden Income Tax Increase 

Economic growth depends on a stable investment environment with a consistent tax code.

Since 2012, the Kansas Legislature has passed numerous alterations to Kansas tax policy followed by a repeal of many of those measures in 2017. Throughout the turmoil, Kansas lawmakers have preserved our ability to claim the mortgage interest and property tax deductions on state income tax returns.

Federal tax reform enacted in 2017 doubled the federal standard deduction. Kansas requires taxpayers who take the federal standard deduction to also take the state standard deduction.

If the Legislature does not act to change this policy, most families and individuals who have taken the Kansas itemized deductions will pay more in state income taxes.

The Legislature must pass legislation that will change the Kansas tax law so families and individuals who take the new federal standard deduction can still itemize on state taxes.

This legislation would not be a new “tax cut.” It simply preserves long held tax relief and prevents a hidden income tax increase.

Hundreds of thousands of the Kansans take advantage of tax deductions every year*:

    • 247,110 Kansans claimed the mortgage interest deduction.

    • 307,420 Kansans claimed the real estate property tax deduction.

    • 281,250 Kansans claimed the charitable contributions deduction.

*Based upon IRS data for Kansas income tax filers from tax year 2016.