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How Kansas' highest-paid state employee pays almost no income tax

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This state employee pays almost no income tax

Bill Self, the head coach of the University of Kansas' men's basketball team, makes more than $2.75 million a year. He also pays almost no income tax, public radio station KCUR reported Monday.

Self was able to drastically cut his taxable income because of reforms signed into law in 2012 by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, KCUR found. The cuts — which Brownback said would create thousands of jobs eliminated income taxes for some types of businesses.

Because Self receives the bulk of his annual compensation through an LLC, only a small sliver of his income is ever taxed.

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When asked for comment, Kansas University Athletics referred KCUR to the school's communications department, which failed to respond to several requests for comment, KCUR said. Self's attorney also declined to comment on the LLC, according to KCUR.

About 334,000 businesses in Kansas owe no state income taxes, according to KCUR.

For more on Self's tax savings, read KCUR's report.