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West Texas Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry voted in favor of the massive tax overhaul this week.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the Clarendon native afterward said the bill was “a great step forward” for the American economy. The massive tax package is loaded with tax breaks for major corporations and America’s wealthiest citizens.

Thornberry called the tax overhaul a “chance to lower taxes, boost the economy, and bring back jobs to America.”

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The presidents of two Texas universities—one public and one private—published an editorial in The Dallas Morning News this week, warning that the congressional tax bill will hurt Texas students and universities if it passes.

Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder is offering a vigorous defense of the Republican tax cut bill as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on its version of the controversial measure.

In a lengthy news release posted Thursday that Yoder touted as separating myth from fact, the 3rd District representative said the bill does not favor wealthy taxpayers over middle-class families, as Democrats and other critics claim.


What’s the difference between a tax and a fee?

As The Denver Post reports, that's the question being asked in three major court cases in Colorado.  

The highly criticized supply-side tax cuts in Kansas that have resulted in a $350 million-deficit in the current fiscal year’s budget are front and center in the legislative budget debate.


The economic website Wallethub recently asked some interesting questions about American tax-paying habits, and set out to find answers. Here are some results from the 2016 Wallethub Tax Survey. 11% of those surveyed would clean Chipotle toilets, and over a quarter would get an IRS tattoo, if it meant they could live in a tax-free future. Who do Americans like more than the IRS? 52% of us prefer Pope Francis. But 8% prefer OJ Simpson and one in 10 like Kanye West better than the federal tax-collection entity.


The average American household spends over $2,000 on real-estate property taxes each year. So, it should come as no surprise that almost $12 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year. The economic website Wallethub recently ranked states according to how high their real estate taxes are. / Flickr Creative Commons

Thousands of Colorado families could soon be eligible for more than $70 million in refunds, reports KDVR. The new tax rebates are a result of the return of the Colorado Earned Income Tax Credit. This tax credit hasn’t been available since 1999. But lawmakers recently voted to bring it back.

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Kansas lawmakers didn’t take on anything too significant their first day back from spring break. They’re going to be spending the rest of the wrap-up session looking for ways to fill a deficit of more than $400 million. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, tax committees are scheduled to start work Thursday.

The chairman of the Kansas House Tax Committee, Republican Marvin Kleeb, says they’re going to start first by digging into the budget numbers. Then next week, they’ll start looking at tax proposals.

Where would you pay the highest real estate taxes?

Apr 6, 2015

If you’re factoring in property tax rates when choosing where to live, Hawaii has the lowest real estate taxes in the United States according to a survey from WalletHub

United States Senator Ted Cruz opposes taxes for both internet access and internet purchases. It's not a position that's popular with schools. libraries or Main Street merchants, as reported in this article from the The Texas Tribune.

Estate taxes can complicate farm transitions

Jul 26, 2013
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Welsh-born immigrant William R. Charles in 1868 fought an uphill battle with Indians and grasshoppers when he homesteaded 400 acres of well watered crop and timberland in Republic County, Kan., that his great-grandchildren farm today. The family’s first log cabin burned to the ground in December, 1869 and they dug through two feet of frozen dirt to find shelter.

Today, Charles’ grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their children are far flung from that homestead, Valley Point Farm, 240 miles northwest of Kansas City.

This tax season is an unusual one for farmers.

“Farmers didn’t necessarily have a great crop to harvest, but they harvested a huge amount of income last year. It was one of the biggest years, inflation-adjusted, since going back to the 1970s,” said Roger McEowen, who runs the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University.