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Kansas Announces Tax Amnesty

The Kansas Department of Revenue has announced that, starting September 1, 2015, it will begin accepting applications for tax amnesty.  The program will run from September 1, 2015 through October 15, 2015.  Amnesty will be provided from assessment or payment of all penalties and interest regarding unpaid taxes or taxes due/owing if the entire tax liability is paid in full for an approved application anytime between September 1, 2015 and October 15, 2015.

The amnesty is applicable to the following taxes:

  • Corporate income,
  • Individual income,
  • Fiduciary income,
  • Privilege,
  • Estate,
  • Retailers’ sales,
  • Compensating use,
  • Withholding and estimated taxes, and
  • Cigarette and tobacco, liquor drink, liquor enforcement, and mineral severance taxes

Amnesty will only apply to the tax liabilities for the above tax time for periods ending on or before December 31, 2013.  Eligible businesses and individuals will include those who did not file a required tax return or reports, understated the tax liability on a previously filed return, or have an outstanding balance. Amnesty is granted to only those eligible taxpayers who, within the amnesty period, properly file a tax return for each taxable period requested under amnesty and pay the amount in full.  Applications will be available August 24, 2015. Payments can either be in full, or if not paid in full, a 10% payment of the tax liability is required to be paid with the application. Should a taxpayer choose to pay the 10%, a payment plan will need to be set up with the Department on or before October 15, 2015

Amnesty will not be eligible for:

  1. Individual or corporate taxpayers who, on or after September 1, 2015,  have an income tax liability resulting from an audit or adjustment by the IRS;
  2. Any party who, on or after September 1, 2015, is under criminal investigation or to any civil or criminal litigation pending in any court of the United States for nonpayment, delinquency, or fraud in relation to any tax imposed by the state of Kansas;
  3. Any party to any criminal investigation or to any civil or criminal litigation that is pending in any court of the United States or Kansas for nonpayment, delinquency, or fraud in relation to any tax imposed by the state of Kansas; or
  4. Any matters that are in appeal.

For more information on the amnesty program, click here.

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