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Pizza Hut Magnate Wins Income Tax Case at Kansas High Court (1)

May 20, 2022, 7:30 PMUpdated: May 20, 2022, 9:11 PM

Kansas will have to pay back over $42 million plus interest to the former Pizza Hut franchise king after the state high court agreed that he was a Florida resident for the tax years at issue.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that Gene Bicknell, former owner of the largest chain of Pizza Hut franchises in the US, was no longer a Kansas resident when he sold the chain in 2006 and therefore didn’t owe Kansas income tax on the sale.

“While the procedural history is complex and the evidentiary record is enormous, the controlling ...