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, 1964; 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, 2019, and was under the age of 18 the entire year 2019.
- 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
SAFESR is a property tax refund program administered under the provisions of the Kansas Homestead Act (property tax refund). SAFESR is also referred to as, "Kansas Property Tax Relief for Low Income Seniors".
The refund is 75% of the 2018 general property tax paid or to be paid - as shown of the 2019 real estate tax statement for the residence in which the claimant lived in 2019. The 2019 property tax consists of the 1st half which is due Dec. 20, 2019 and the 2nd half which is due May 10, 2020. The 2019 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 2019 who owned and occupied a homestead, you are eligible for a refund of 75% of your property taxes paid if your total “household income” including social security is $20,300 or less, AND you:
- Aged 65 years or older for all of 2019 (born before Jan. 1, 1954) and
- must not have delinquent property taxes in 2019
Links to Homestead Information:
Safe Senior - Frequently Asked Questions and worksheet
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 .