The Assessment and Taxation Committee's vote Thursday cleared the way for debate in the Senate, which was expected later in the day.
Legislators are trying to close a $328 million deficit in the $13 billion budget already approved for the next fiscal year. The tax bill is the last piece of a bipartisan plan for doing it.
The bill gives the Department of Revenue more power to waive penalties to get Kansans to pay back taxes, to raise $35 million.
The measure gives Kansans less time - one year instead of three - to seek income and sales tax refunds. It also reduces income tax credits for businesses and others.
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