Kansas Governor Laura Kelly needs new revenue in her latest budget proposal and online streaming users are targeted in her tax plan. The article being used as a source, is an example of the budgeting gymnastics Kansas and other states are using to have a “balanced” budget while delaying long term debt.
To drive up revenues, Kelly is proposing adding sales taxes to more online digital purchases: Think Spotify, Netflix, Hulu or a digital download of magazines or books. Doing so could raise $22 million for the state’s general fund, plus more for highways and local governments.
Campbell said buying a physical book, movie or audio recording in a Kansas-based store would be subject to sales tax, but those things purchased online in digital form currently avoid the fees.
“Kansas sales tax policy is antiquated,” Campbell said. “As more and more items are being purchased online, the least we can do is level the playing field for our existing Kansas businesses.”
Source: Hays Post