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Debt Consolidation in Kansas

Kansas MapResidents of the state of Kansas have one of the lowest averages for consumer debt among all fifty states. A typical total average of debt for a Kansan is $16,127, which is approximately $3000 less than the national average.

In one of the three traditional areas of consumer debt, student loans, that comprise that average, Kansas ranks 27th with respect to graduates with debt. 65% of Kansas college graduates do wind up with debt upon graduation, with an average figure of $26,229. Although that is less than more than half of the other states in America, some students consider using debt consolidation to manage their financial responsibilities after they graduate.

In the second of the three areas of personal debt, mortgages, Kansans enjoy one of the lowest median single-family house prices in the country: $129,900. This also means that the average first-time mortgage price is lower, but unfortunately many Kansas residents still find themselves facing foreclosure. For example, in the Kansas City area, as many as 1 in every 678 homes is in a state of active foreclosure.

In the third category of consumer debt, credit cards, Kansas actually comes in 9th overall for states with the highest debt, with a statewide average of $7,916.74.

Overall personal bankruptcy filings in Kansas are on the decline, with 8,414 cases filed in an average year. That decrease could be due in part to residents? seeking the help of debt consolidation providers rather than filing for bankruptcy.

A number of state laws protect Kansans who are struggling with debt collectors, such as prohibiting ?extortionate? credit extensions that imply harm to an individual or his property if there is a delay in any repayments. Kansas residents are also covered by the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.


Advocates for reducing Kansas sales tax on food make case before tax committee

Food growers, small-town grocers, a medical practitioner and advocates for low-income families made their case Monday for taking a bite out of the state tax on food sales. The discussion before the Ho...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:56:00 GMT

Pink tax: Why do women pay more for goods and services

KANSAS CITY, MO, (KCTV) -- The "Pink Tax" is the concept of gender-based pricing, costing women a lot more than men on the same products. In the 2015 study From Cradle to Crane, the New York City Depa...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:49:00 GMT

Agent Kay is on a mission to answer Kansas tax questions

Visitors to the Kansas online tax website can now interact with Agent Kay, a form of artificial intelligence that can answer common questions about Kansas taxes. Agent Kay, called a chatbot, is a comp...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:46:00 GMT

Kansas Democrats attack GOP tax plan as corporate give-away

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly's fellow Democrats are ...

Published:  Thu, 07 Feb 2019 14:13:00 GMT

"˜That's a car payment or a month's groceries'; how a Kansas tax bill could impact refunds by hundreds of dollars

In early January, when the McFadden Group LLC sent out notices for the 2018 tax season, the tax preparer asked its clients for all of their itemized deduction information - even though it wasn ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:14:00 GMT

State Senate passes GOP tax relief bill. Kansas Democrats call it a corporate give-away

A bill designed to prevent Kansas residents and businesses from paying higher state income taxes because of 2017 changes in federal tax laws cleared the state Senate on Thursday. Democrats attacked th...

Published:  Thu, 07 Feb 2019 15:51:00 GMT

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