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Homeowners and renters may be missing out on millions of dollars in tax relief. AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide is a free program that helps eligible homeowners and renters apply for property tax relief.

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Kansas Program Overview

Assistance is currently available to help you prepare an application for property tax credits or refunds in your state. Keep reading to get started.

Kansas offers two property tax programs for older adults: the Homestead claim (K-40H) and the Property Tax Relief claim (K-40PT). For a Homestead claim, your refund percentage is based on your total household income and the refund is a percentage of your general property tax.​ The amount of property tax allowed cannot exceed $700, and the maximum refund is $700.  ​For a Property Tax Relief claim, the refund is 75% of the property taxes actually and timely paid on real or personal property used as your principal residence.​

Homestead Claim (K-40H)

A homestead is the house, mobile home, manufactured home, or other dwelling subject to property tax.
The personal property tax paid on mobile or manufactured homes is included as is the general property tax paid on the land.

If you own your mobile home but rent the land or lot on which it sits, enter on line 12 of the K-40H the personal property tax you paid on the mobile home. You may not claim the general property tax paid on the rented property

Eligibility

Homeowners must be:
  • 55 years of age or older (born prior to January 1, 1966) OR
  • Blind or totally and permanently disabled all of 2021 OR
  • Have a dependent child who lived with you the entire year who was born before January 1, 2021 and was under the age of 18 for all of 2021 OR
  • Be a surviving spouse of a disabled veteran or of an active duty service member who died in the line of duty may be eligible if not remarried
  • Homeowner must own and occupy their homestead and were residents of Kansas for all of 2021
  • Household income must be less than $36,300 in 2021
  • Owner’s name must be on the deed for the homestead
  • A person owning a homestead with an appraised valuation for property tax purposes that exceeds $350,000 does NOT qualify for a homestead refund

Application Deadline

  • You must file your claim no later than April 15, 2022.​
  • Claims filed after the due date may be accepted whenever good cause exists, provided the claim can be filed within four years of the original due date.​
    • Examples of good cause include, but are not limited to, absence of the claimant from the state or country or temporary illness of the claimant at the time the claim was due.​
    • When filing a late claim, enclose an explanation with documentation as to why it is late.​
    • If your claim will be late because you have an extension of time to file your income tax return, enclose a copy of that federal extension with your claim.​

Required Documentation

First-time filers for the Homestead refund:
  • Enclose a copy of your benefit statement or award letter to verify that the Social Security is excludable.
  • Include a copy of pages 1 and 2 of the federal income tax form 1040, statement from DCF (formerly SRS) and Social Security; and other documentation for income amounts.
  • You may be asked to provide a copy of your 2021 property tax statement. The annual statement from the mortgage company and property taxes are not acceptable. You will need a copy of the 2021 statement, or a receipt that contains a breakdown of property taxes among the general tax, special tax, fees, etc.

Those claiming homestead benefits because of disability or blindness:

  • Provide the Department of Revenue with documentation of permanent disability or blindness:
    • A Certificate of Disability (DIS) completed by a duly licensed physician and submitted with Form K-40H.
    • A copy of Social Security certification of disability letter that shows you are receiving benefits based upon a total and permanent disability which prevented you from being engaged in any gainful activity during the entire calendar year of 2021.
    • A copy of your original Veterans Disability Statement or request letter from your regional Veterans Administration that include your disability date and percentage of permanent disability.
    • Annual income derived from any substantial gainful activity during 2021 must not exceed $15,720, the limits set by the Social Security Administration for 2021, if the impairment is other than blindness; $26,280 if the individual is blind.

Filing for Deceased Claimant:

  • When the person who has been the claimant for a household dies, another member of the household who qualified as a claimant should file Form K-40H or K-40PT for the household.
  • A separate claim on behalf of the decedent is not necessary.
  • If member of the descendant’s household (such as a surviving spouse) does not qualify to be a claimant, or when there are no other members of a decedent’s household, a claim may be filed for the deceased claimant if the decedent was a resident of Kansas all of 2021 but dies before filing a claim (after December 31, 2020) or died during 2021 and was a Kansas resident for the entire portion of the year he or she was alive.
  • Required Enclosures for Decedent Claims
    • Enclose a copy of the death certificate, funeral home notice, or obituary statement with the decedent’s claim AND one of the following:
    • If the estate is being probated, a copy of the Letters of Testamentary or letters of administration. If not be probated, a complete Form RF-9 Decedent Refund Claim.
  • A decedent’s claim should be signed by the surviving spouse, executor or executrix, administrator, or other authorized person.
Surviving spouse who has not remarried of a disabled veteran or an active duty service member who died in the line of duty:
  • Include a copy of the original Veterans Disability Determination letter or letter from regional V.A. that includes the disability date prior to 2021 and the percentage of permanent disability being 50% or greater.

Property Tax Relief Claim (K-40PT)

The Property Tax Relief claim (K-40PT) allows a refund of property taxes for low-income senior citizens who own
their home.

Eligibility

  • Homeowner must be 65 years of age or older (born prior to 1956)
  • Household income must be less than $20,900 in 2021
  • Claimant must have been a resident of Kansas for all of 2021 and a homeowner during 2021
  • Property must be valued at less than $350,000 or it does not qualify

Application Deadline

  • You must file your claim no later than April 15, 2022.​
  • Claims filed after the due date may be accepted whenever good cause exists, provided the claim can be filed within four years of the original due date.​
    • Examples of good cause include, but are not limited to, absence of the claimant from the state or country or temporary illness of the claimant at the time the claim was due.​
    • When filing a late claim, enclose an explanation with documentation as to why it is late.​
    • If your claim will be late because you have an extension of time to file your income tax return, enclose a copy of that federal extension with your claim.​

Required Documentation

  • To expedite refund, include a copy of pages 1 and 2 of the federal income tax form 1040, statements from DCF (formerly SRS) and Social Security; and other documentation for income amounts.
  • You may be asked to provide a copy of your 2021 property tax statement. The annual statement from the mortgage company and property taxes are not acceptable. You will need a copy of the 2021 statement, or a receipt that contains a breakdown of property taxes among the general tax, special tax, fees, etc.

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These partner organizations can help you apply for property tax relief. Find one near you, and click Contact Us to request that they reach out to you with more information.

Community Housing of Wyandotte County

Address:
2 South 14th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102
We are grateful for all our Property Tax-Aide partners in Kansas:
  • Community Housing of Wyandotte County
  • Moneytalk Financial Foundations

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