You may notice you’re paying slightly less for your food the next time you go to the grocery store.
Starting Jan. 1, the state sales tax on grocery food will drop from 6.5% to 4%. On a grocery bill of $100, that means the buyer will save $2.50 in taxes.
It is the first installment of a gradual reduction that is scheduled to completely eliminate the state portion of the sales tax on Jan. 1, 2025.
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The Kansas Department of Revenue published a notice to implement the changes earlier this month, the final pre-requisite before the tax cut will take effect.
Gov. Laura Kelly made the issue a core part of her re-election campaign and has urged lawmakers to speed up the full elimination, which was included in a tax proposal unveiled before the holidays.
“We have ‘Axed the Food Tax’ and are putting money back in Kansans’ pockets,” Kelly said in a statement earlier this month. “Kansans will see the savings very soon, but we can do more. When the Kansas Legislature comes back in January, I will push again for the complete and immediate elimination of the state’s sales tax on groceries.”
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The tax cut includes food from a grocery store, but not restaurant food. Non-food items at the grocery store will still be taxed. Likewise, any local sales taxes will still be in place.
In Topeka, the local sales tax rate is 1.5%. Shawnee County has a 1.15% tax and voters just approved a 0.2% tax to benefit the Topeka Zoo and Gage Park and some improvement districts have additional taxes.
This article originally appeared on Topeka Capital-Journal: When does the food sales tax drop in Kansas? Here’s what to know