House approves college textbook tax break

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Students at public and private colleges in Kansas would get a tax break on textbook purchases under a bill approved by the state House.

Wednesday’s 122-0 House vote sends the measure to the Senate.

The bill creates a state refund for the sales taxes paid on textbooks required for classes at state and private universities, community colleges and technical colleges. Students would apply to the Department of Revenue for the refund.

The proposal comes from Wichita Democrat Brandon Whipple, who said it’s a way to help students and their families.

State officials don’t know how much the break would save taxpayers.

The state’s sales tax is 6.15 percen

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