Kansas tax revenue, September 2021

For September 2021, Kansas tax revenue was 20.2 percent greater than September 2020, and 4.4 percent greater than August.

Tax reports from the State of Kansas for September 2021 show tax revenues rising from the previous month and also greater than the same month the prior year.

When reporting on Kansas tax collections, the comparison is usually to the estimated tax collections. Those estimates are revised based on economic conditions affected by the response to the pandemic. To get a feel for the effects of the response to the pandemic, we should compare to the same month the prior year.

(The estimated revenue figures are still important because the state bases the budget on them. If the actual revenue is much below the estimated revenue, there may not be enough income to pay expenses.)

For September 2021, individual income tax collections were $406.8 million, up by 13.4 percent from the prior September. Retail sales tax collections rose by 15.1 percent to $225.2 million from September 2020. Total tax collections were $876.5 million, up 20.2 percent from last September. A nearby table summarizes. (Click charts and tables for larger versions.)

For fiscal year 2022, which started on July 1, 2021, total tax collections are lower by 6.4 percent over the same period of the previous fiscal year.

My interactive visualization of Kansas tax revenue has been updated with this data. Click here to use it.

A table from the visualization, shown below, illustrates the composition of tax revenue in Kansas. Since 2012, two sources have provided the lion’s share of tax revenue. Together, Individual Income Tax and Retail Sales Tax have provided 78 percent of revenue. Adding Corporate Income Tax and Compensating Use Tax, and the total is nearly 91 percent.

The governor’s press release for this data is at Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas’ September Tax Receipts. As of this writing the report from Kansas Legislative Research Department is not available, but will be on this page when it is prepared.

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