WIBA survey finds some business owners favor paying taxes


WICHITA, Kansas – In 2012, the Kansas Legislature passed a bill that exempts businesses from paying income tax.

The reason? To increase employment and investment for small businesses.

But a new survey shows some businesses want to pay those taxes.

The issue is that some people believe the exemption isn’t creating the jobs and investment that it was intended to create.

KSN spoke with one Wichita LLC owner who says she feels she owes it to her community to pay those taxes.

“Let’s go back and take care of our state,” said Alicia Holloway, the owner of Right Recruiting.

Right Recruiting is a local LLC that helps small to medium-sized businesses in Wichita find the right employees.

“Last year in 2015 I did go ahead and pay Kansas taxes even though I was an LLC and even though I probably at the load of the law didn’t have to do it but I did it,” Holloway said.

Holloway feels strongly that she owes it to her community to give back, even if she’s not required to pay.

“It didn’t make me feel very good knowing that I wasn’t contributing to that,” she said.

And she’s not alone.

The Wichita Independent Business Association, or WIBA released a survey this week and the results surprised them.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said WIBA President, Lon Smith. “It’s hard to dispute it. 80 percent, nearly 80 percent of our members who stand to gain the most from such a tax break say they’re willing to see it go away or be reduced.”

The survey was made up of more than 50 participants-all Wichita companies.

Of those companies that participated, nearly 40 percent said they are in favor of a partial reduction of the tax exemption and nearly another forty percent said they’re in favor of a complete elimination.

“I think they view this as maybe their civic duty,” Smith said.

But Holloway says everyone is different and that some larger companies that would hire more people or buy more equipment with the money have that right.

“I do not have the right to tell them what they should or shouldn’t do but for me, I’m alright with paying those taxes,” Holloway said.

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