For a thorough explanation, please see the State of Kansas' Website.
The Homestead Refund is a rebate program for the property taxes paid by homeowners. The refund is based on a portion of the property tax paid on a Kansas resident’s home. The maximum refund is $700.
To qualify you must be a Kansas resident, living in Kansas the entire year. Your total household income must be $35,700 or less.
You must also meet one of the following requirements:
- You were born before Jan. 1, 1965; OR
- You must have been totally and permanently disabled or blind during the entire year, regardless of your age; OR
- You must have had a dependent child living with you all of last year who was born before Jan. 1, 2020, and was under the age of 18 the entire year.
- You are a disabled veteran (50% or more disability), or the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran who has not remarried, or the surviving spouse of an active duty military personnel who died in the line of duty and not remarried; OR
- "Household income" is generally all income received by all members of the household. This includes both taxable and non-taxable income.
SAFE SENIOR - Kansas Property Tax Relief for Low Income Seniors
The refund is 75% of the 2019 general property tax paid or to be paid - as shown of the 2020 real estate tax statement for the residence in which the claimant lived in 2020. The 2020 property tax consists of the 1st half which is due Dec. 20, 2020 and the 2nd half which is due May 10, 2021. The 2020 property tax is the total of both the 1st and 2nd half taxes.
A claimant may receive either a Homestead or a SAFESR refund but not both.
You must meet all the following requirements for the SAFESR refund -
- As a Kansas resident for all of 2020.
- Owned a home in Kansas during 2020
- Aged 65 years or older for all of 2020 (born before Jan. 1, 1955) and
- "Household income" of $20,300 or less in 2020 and
- House cannot be valued more than $350,000.
IMPORTANT: A Homestead or SAFESR property tax refund claim must be completed before April 15, 2021 to payback the Homestead or SAFESR property tax refund you elected to be advanced or paid to the county by KDOR on your behalf and applied toward the 1st half of your 2020 property taxes that were due December 20, 2020.
Links to Homestead Information:
Where can I get help with my Homestead or Safe Senior claim?
Customers who need help are encouraged to visit the various sections of our website or call the Kansas Tax line at 1-785-368-8222.
The Kansas Department of Revenue also provides free assistance in Topeka, on the first floor of the Docking State Office Building at 915 Southwest Harrison. The state office hours in Topeka are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (VITA) Sites In Kansas
The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $51,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing. To locate the nearest VITA site, or call 1-800-906-9887.