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 $34,100 or less.
You must also meet one of the following requirements:
- You were born before Jan. 1, 1961; 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, 2016, and was under the age of 18 the entire year.
SAFE SENIOR - Kansas Property Tax Relief for Low Income Seniors
SAFE SENIOR is a property tax refund program administered under the provisions of the Kansas Homestead Act (property tax refund). SAFE SENIOR is also referred to as, "Kansas Property Tax Relief for Low Income Seniors".
The refund is 75% of the 2016 general property tax paid or to be paid - as shown of the 2016 real estate tax statement for the residence in which the claimant lived in 2016. The 2016 property tax consists of the 1st half which is due Dec. 20, 2016 and the 2nd half which is due May 10, 2017. The 2016 property tax is the total of both the 1st and 2nd half taxes.
A claimant may receive either a Homestead or a SAFE SENIOR refund but not both.
You must meet all the following requirements for the SAFE SENIOR refund -
- Kansas resident all of 2016,
- Owned a home in Kansas during 2016,
- Aged 65 years or older for all of 2016 (born before Jan. 1, 1951) and
- "Household income" of $19,200 or less in 2016.
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 .