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New law provides tax exemptions for suicide prevention and senior services organizations

By: - May 10, 2023 11:15 am

Gov. Laura Kelly signed into law a bill that provides sales tax exemptions for two organizations geared toward helping vulnerable groups. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly approved tax breaks for suicide prevention and senior assistance organizations, legislation meant to bolster resources for vulnerable people across the state. 

Kelly announced the signing of bipartisan House Bill 2002 Wednesday. The bill, which passed the Senate 37-0 and the House 122-0, creates sales tax exemptions for the Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ and the Area Agencies on Aging.

“Our Area Agencies on Aging and the Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ are vital to the lives of Kansans,” Kelly said. “This bill stretches the impact of the funds they receive, furthering their ability to improve the quality of life for those they serve.”

The exemption is meant to expand Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ’s  prevention training statewide and increase awareness of mental health resources for those in need. Area Agencies on Aging officials said the tax exemption would help the organization increase services for Kansas seniors and individuals with disabilities. 

“This bill will help older Kansans and caregivers receive those services, including support for senior centers, Friendship Meals and home-delivered meals, and other in-home services to maintain an independent, positive quality of life,” said Julie Govert Walter, executive director of North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging. 

HB2002 also allows counties to provide electronic tax notices depending on taxpayer wishes, among other provisions.

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Rachel Mipro
Rachel Mipro

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Rachel Mipro has covered state government in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. She and her fellow team of journalists were 2022 Goldsmith Prize Semi-Finalists for their work featuring the rise of the KKK in northern Louisiana, following racially-motivated shootings in 1960. With her move to the Midwest, Rachel is now turning her focus toward issues within Kansas public policies.