Good for state Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, for continuing his push to overhaul the state’s tax system. Kelsey wants to eliminate most sales-tax exemptions and use the additional revenue to eliminate state corporate income taxes, eliminate the sales tax on food, eliminate last year’s statewide sales-tax increase, and lower state individual income-tax rates. “I believe my proposal will make our tax system more fair and more business-friendly, which will create jobs,” Kelsey said in a statement. One controversial change would be requiring sales taxes on most professional services, such as accounting and legal work. But Kelsey argues that the economy has moved to being based on the purchase of services rather than products. Including such services in the state’s tax base “brings our tax system into the modern world,” he said.
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