Kansas Dept. of Revenue Determined - Guides and Non-Guided Hunt Fees Not Taxable

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Kansas hunting guides and non-guided hunt fees are not subject to state sales tax, the Kansas Department of Revenue determined on Friday.

"This decision will help Kansas hunting guides keep their prices competitive and encourage more people to take advantage of Kansas' outdoor hunting and fishing opportunities," said Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan. "Gov. Sam Brownback is promoting our state's world-class outdoor tourism opportunities, and this will keep these activities more affordable."

There had been a question for a number of years about whether hunting guide fees should be considered a taxable charge for participation in sporting or recreational activity or a charge for a nontaxable service.

The ruling also determined that game birds purchased by a controlled shooting area operator from a bird breeder for release at a controlled shooting area would be considered a retail sale and the retail sales tax would apply to the transaction.


Ca_Vermonster's picture

Good to see they are not

Good to see they are not jumping on the bandwagon and trying to tax everyone to death... lol

It is interesting that if you buy birds to be released, they are going to apply a sales tax to that.  I guess I can see that, but it's also a "food" item, so wouldn't it be non-taxable???? Wink

Anyway, kudos to Kansas for making this decision!  It will help everyone, guides and in turn the hunters.

hunter25's picture

This might not seem like a

This might not seem like a big deal to some people when planning a hunt but it is to me and I applaud Kansas for clearing it up and not charging the tax. I plan every cost to save money to save every bit that I can. Most of our hunts are DIY but on some occasions if I can find a good enough deal we will use a guide.

We are going to try and plan an audad hunt in the next year or so and have looked at Texas and New Mexico as the only real choices for a free range hunt. The decision goe to Texas for a number of reasons, First being the license is around 250 dollars cheaper and second is that you have to pay sales tax in New Mexico. Add the two together and you end up with a better deal in west Texas with more animals to boot.

Anyway Kansas is right that having the tax could cause hunters to look elsewhere for their hunting.