To the Editor:
This past week I sent out a print newsletter to constituents in the 22nd Senate District providing a legislative update from the 2013 session and a preview of the 2014 session. Unfortunately, there was a typographical error made in the portion discussing the tax plan. For that, I apologize, and would like to take the opportunity to correct this error.
In my newsletter I explained that the tax plan signed into law this year included cuts to standard deductions for married filed jointly taxpayers and single heads-of-household taxpayers. The deduction decreases from $9,000 to $7,500 and $5,500, respectively. My newsletter indicated that this meant these taxpayers would be paying the difference — $1,500 and $3,500 — in income taxes. What this should have said is that the difference is now subject to income taxes. The bottom line is that this tax plan included cuts to standard deductions and itemized deductions to pay for Governor Brownback’s income tax cuts.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to clarify what I intended to say in my newsletter. It is always my goal to provide accurate, factual information to the people I am proud to serve.
Sen. Tom Hawk