Tax Advice: Kansas City May Owe You

muggerNo tax is more objectionable to me than the Kansas City, MO earnings tax.  While I can somehow justify federal, state, county, property and sales taxes that may be needed to maintain the welfare of the country, state, schools in my community, etc., there is no discernible benefit I can see resulting from me paying a share of my earnings to the greedy inhabitants of Kansas City, MO. I’d rather burn the money than give it to the city that mugs non-residents for one percent of their income just because it can’t generate enough money from its own residents and/or sales and business activity. Unfortunately burning the money doesn’t absolve a person from paying taxes. I know, I know – many other cities have earnings tax and somewhere in Philadelphia it is over 4.5% so you don’t need to try to convince me that it’s a great idea; by some strange  coincidence 100% of the people who like the earnings tax reside inside the city limits of the KCMO. I don’t and I don’t.

Back to the tax advice part of this post. If your place of employment is located in Kansas City,MO but you worked at least one full day outside the city limits i.e. went to an out-of-town conference or spent a day at the customer site in the beautiful Johnson County AND you are a non-resident, you are owed a refund. Lets say that you made $100,000 last year and Kansas City wants to confiscate $1,000 from you just because your employer made a horrible mistake when picking a location for the business. If you work 260 days a year, your earnings tax is little less than four dollars a day, therefore, if you traveled for 20 days that year you are owed close to $80. These calculations will not come up in your tax software, you will have to fill out a form and provide some supporting documentation such as travel records or an appointment book.

Lots of work for just a few dollars a day? When was the last time the city of Kansas City let you get away without paying  for a parking ticket? Get your money back! They are counting on your inaction so they can keep your money. Even if your refund is five bucks it will require a lot more than 5 dollars worth of work at the City Hall, they will read your forms, review your paperwork, issue a check, buy a stamp – more action than you will ever get for your money, and you will spend your money the way you see fit, hopefully in your own community, where people are thankful for your business.

  • Burrowowl

    Depending on how you value your time, it’ll cost more than five dollars of your time to get that five dollar check. And all that time and payroll you make them spend is just more of that government waste you hate. They’ll have to raise the cost of those parking tickets and that earnings tax becomes all the more necessary and justifiable.

    Now, if you work away from the city for a significant portion of you work year, that’s probably a different story.

    Anyhow, if you’re driving on their roads, flushing your crap down their sewer system, and not wading through their garbage on the sidewalks, you’re benefiting from the same city services as the residents. You just want to freeload off of them.

  • I am sure my employer pays for sewer, water, property tax on the building, other building-related costs, just like any resident. If nothing else you could see it as reducing the payroll. I don’t think any of the tax is financing their roads and if it is, most of it goes into buying steel plates. Nobody is freeloading on anything. It’s like saying that if you use my toilet you are freeloading on my city, when I am already paying for sewer, water, electricity and toilet paper. It’s free for you (with my permission) but money for the services exchanged hands.

  • wayne

    At least KCMO gives tax refunds. It looks like they’ve gone out of favor in kansas:

  • for the past 3 years I always owed KS, I wish I could suspend that. I think suspension means they will eventually pay up. On the other hand, I have never met anyone who got a refund from KCMO. I am not sure how many people know or bother to file. last time when I was thinking about filing my payroll gave me a runaround and I haven’t traveled since.

  • Old Fart

    Ouch… you’re hitting a nerve with me MV.

    I hate that 1% tax. I don’t use KC streets, unless you count the 75 feet of NW 112th street I drive on during my commute to work… and I certainly don’t use KC services, since I live in Olathe.

    And I too used to owe Kansas state income tax every year… until I told my payroll dept to start taking another $5 a week from me two years ago… since then KS has owed me about $22 dollars each year. Now they want to delay paying THAT BACK!

    I hate taxes unless it is specifically tied to the service you are paying for.

  • I travel for JOOLS

    And I file quarterly in Kansas so I will instruct my accountant to underpay but keep me from paying a penalty so as to avoid this bullshit. Time to get rid of Sebelius..the sooner the better. We may get our wish if she becomes HHS Secretary … God help the country.

    As for KCMo, I think we in Kansas should charge KcMo residents an earnings tax to work here. What’s fair is fair isn’t it? I do believe they use our streets, use the toilets, etc.

  • B.S. Resident

    I live in Blue Springs, my office is in Lenexa, & every time I have to work in Kansas City I get held up by Funkhowser on the way out for his 1%. Is there no way for me to get part of this back? Even if it’s $5 that’s something. I feel like I’m back in the Union paying for the privilege to work, hoping after I send the almighty powers that be in Washington my 35% & K.C it’s 1% I have enough money left over to buy a can of Alpo to feed my dog.

  • If you perform work in KCMO city limits you are stuck.If you work all over the metro you shouldn’t get charged for your work outside of KCMO. If you can document your trips you can file for refund. Still you are better off than me,I get ripped off on 100% of my income.

  • NonRes

    by Burrowowl:
    Anyhow, if you’re driving on their roads, flushing your crap down their sewer system, and not wading through their garbage on the sidewalks, you’re benefiting from the same city services as the residents. You just want to freeload off of them.
    Are you saying that if I did not work there that the city of KC would have no roads? No sewers? Not pick up their garbage? Wrong What the city of Kansas City has done is find a way to make somebody else foot part of the bill for their city services so they can keep some of THEIR OWN MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. You want me to not gripe about KC’s etax? Then give me a vote in their city elections so I can have a voice in how the money is spent. Taxation, representation, that old thing.

    • Tbirdusa

      I can’t find the refund form anywhere on their site, imagine that. I am a sales rep that spends numerous days out of the city limits and every year I get money back from the Funk. DO IT.