Most taxes require a vote of elected representatives, or of the people. Any tax increase is controversial and requires justification.
But Kansas raises child support, more accurately called a parent tax, by some lawyers and judges who attend a meeting and decide what they think is fair!
This sounds like what a dictatorship might do, not the USA.
A Kansas TV station reports:
For those of you who pay child support, start planning to pay more.So raising the parent tax is a way of protecting children? This is sick.
Every four years, federal law requires the state to review their child support guidelines.
In Kansas last year, more than $35 million was paid in child support by both dads and moms, but why?
“Children in Kansas are our most important asset so we want to make sure they’re protected financially,” said Larry Rute, Attorney at Law
Rute is part of a 14 member committee which says that the current payment schedule isn’t enough to do that.
They want to increase child support payments by an average of 3.5 percent across all income groups statewide. ...
“If you look at the guidelines and you feel that for any reason they’re unfair to you, then let us know and tell us why,” Rute said. “I promise you we will look at it.”
After the public comment is reviewed, the Kansas Supreme Court will have the final say on this possible change.
If the court adopts the proposal, then the increase in payments might start as soon as January 1, 2016.
Update: A reader asks why this is a tax, and division of community property is not.
In community property states, the spouses are agreeing to split their incomes for the duration of the marriage. The division of property at divorce time is just each spouse claiming what he or she already owns.
With child support, there is no such agreement and no such ownership. It is imposed after the marriage, or if there was no marriage. No agreement between the parents comes into place. It is a tax on future earnings, or future judge-imputed earnings. It is imposed at the judge's discretion, and collected like a tax.
Amd yes, this Kansas parent tax is already too high. See this book chapter of Real World Divorce for details.