Revenue Department wants personal information

Robbie Van Trump

The Kansas Department of Revenue is pushing regulatory changes that Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett said Thursday violates Kansans’ personal privacy.

The changes the Revenue Department hope to make would allow them to evaluate people’s residency status for tax purposes by obtaining information like the names of their doctors, where they worship, where their children attend school and clubs they belong to.

This proposal would provide a better way for the agency to determine whether a person should be classified as a Kansas resident for assessing state income taxes. The Revenue Department believes that some people may claim falsely that they have moved to a state with no income tax. By keeping record of things, such as places of worship or doctors’ names, the agency can easily tell if a person still lives in state.