Kansas tax collections were up nearly $447 million in October, almost $10.5 million more than expected and 12% above last October’s total.

Tax revenues since the beginning of fiscal 2011 on July 1 total $1.7 billion, 11% more than in the first four months of fiscal 2010.

Sales tax collections totaled $171 million, the Kansas Department of Revenue said last week, up 24% from October 2009.

However, with an 18.9% increase in the state sales tax rate in July — to 6.3% from 5.3% — the adjusted increase in collections was 4%.

Steve Stotts, taxation director for the department, said most of the increase in tax collections came from the individual income tax.

The state also collected $7.1 million from taxpayers ahead of an Oct. 15 deadline for an amnesty program, Stotts said, and $25.3 million from six-month extensions granted to taxpayers in April.

The amnesty program is expected to generate a total of $8 million.

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