Kansas residents have just a few hours left to apply for two property tax relief programs, the Homestead Refund and the Kansas Property Tax Relief for Low-Income Seniors (SAFESR), before applications close on April 16th.
Financial Assistance to Selected Residents in Kansas
The programs offer financial assistance to low-income, elderly, and disabled residents of Kansas. The Homestead Refund program is designed to provide eligible homeowners with an annual refund of a portion of their property tax bill. To be eligible for the refund, you must be at least 56 years old, blind or permanently disabled, or have had a dependent child living with you for all of 2022. The maximum refund amount varies by income and is capped at $700.
On the other hand, the SAFESR program offers eligible low-income senior property owners a 75% refund on property taxes paid. To qualify, seniors must be 65 years or older, have owned a Kansas home for all of 2022, have a household income of $22,000 or less, and have a home value equal to or less than $350,000.
There is no cap on the amount that can be claimed, and those who paid a property tax of at least $936 in 2021 will receive a refund greater than $700, according to an article published in The U.S. Sun.
Who are Encouraged to Apply for the Rebates?
Seniors are encouraged to apply for both rebates, but they will only receive the larger rebate. The rebates will be issued through direct deposit for online applicants and mailed checks for those who apply by mail. The date of rebate distribution is yet to be announced.
Additionally, Kansas City residents may be eligible for a third rebate program, the Utility & Sales Tax Rebate Program, which grants homeowners 56 years and older, with incomes of $25,000 or less, up to $150 back. To apply, residents must prove their income and utility bill information either by mail or to a local clerk, and a rebate check will be sent four to six weeks later.