Kansas has repealed its motor carrier property tax, effective the 2014 tax year.

Since 1956, the motor carrier property tax has been in effect for for-hire trucking companies and applies to any carrier that operates in Kansas, whether it is based out of Kansas or not.

House Bill 2557, which was singed into law on April 6, 2012, will take its place and imposes an additional registration fee, called a commercial vehicle fee.  The fee will be paid by intrastate and interstate carriers who operate in Kansas.

Unlike the repealed property tax, the commercial vehicle fee will apply to for-hire and private carriers.

Vehicles over 54,000 pounds will pay a fee of $400 per year.

The current motor carrier property tax is still effective for the 2012 and 2013 tax years.