July 20, 2024

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Property tax relief this year for low-income seniors, disabled vets

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Action taken last year by the Legislature and governor will result in several types of property tax relief, including a property tax freeze in 2023 for certain Kansas senior citizens and disabled veterans.

Sen. Caryn Tyson

Sen. Caryn Tyson explains the “freeze”:

“Property taxes are paid to the county, and then a person may apply for a refund on the increase, the ‘freeze,’ to the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR).”

Here is the application to complete:

The application deadline is this year’s Tax Day, April 18th.

The qualifications for the refund:

  • Annual  household income capped at $50,000
  • Home value no more than $350,000
  • Veterans must be at least 50% disabled

All Kansas homeowners are entitled to exempt the first $40,000 of their assessed home value again this year.

Sen. Tyson says more property tax relief is in store this year:

“Another property tax cut that became law was a slight decrease for all homeowners on the K-12 20 mill obligation. That reduction increases every year based on inflation.  There is no application required for this reduction.”

Another property tax reduction program is the Homestead Refund. Homeowners can apply for either the Low-Income Seniors benefit or the Homestead Refund, whichever benefits them more.

Qualifications for the Homestead Refund of up to $700 for full-year Kansas residents with total household income of $37,750 or less:

  • You were born before Jan. 1, 1967; OR
  • You must have been blind or totally and permanently disabled all of 2022, regardless of your age; OR
  • You must have a dependent child who lived with you the entire year, was born before January 1, 2022, and was under the age of 18 the entire year.

Qualifications for the SAFESR tax relief for low-income seniors, which refunds 75% of the 2022 general property tax paid or to be paid:

  • You must be a Kansas resident, living in Kansas the entire year, and
  • Owned a home in Kansas during 2022, and
  • Aged 65 or older for all of 2022, and
  • Household income of $22,000 or less, and
  • House cannot be valued at more than $350,000

The Parker Republican summarizes the property tax cut benefits:

“Every savings helps, and I will continue to work on tax relief for all Kansans.”

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