Frequently Asked Questions About Homestead
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These questions and answers apply to the 2012 claim.
- Do I qualify for a Homestead refund?
To claim a homestead refund you must have been a Kansas resident all of last year and had an income of $32,400 or less. You must also meet one of the following three requirements:
- You were born before Jan. 1, 1957; 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, 2012, and was under the age of 18 the entire year.
- How do I claim a Homestead refund?
Complete a Kansas Homestead Claim (K-40H) between Jan. 1 through April 15. Do not file your homestead claim prior to Jan. 1. You can file your claim electronically at www.webtax.org.
If any due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, substitute the next regular workday.
- Are my entire Social Security benefits included as income on my Homestead claim?
Claimants are to include only 50 percent of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments they receive during the year in their Household Income.
Social Security DISABILITY, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) DISABILITY, Railroad DISABILITY and Veterans DISABILITY are not included in “Household Income”. Only 50 percent of the regular Social Security and Supplemental Security benefits are to be included in Household Income.
- Are disabled veterans eligible for a Homestead refund?
Yes, starting in 2009 disabled veterans can claim a homestead refund. Veterans must be Kansas residents, honorably discharged, and certified to have 50 percent or more permanent disability sustained through military actions. Surviving spouses of deceased disabled veterans are also eligible to claim a Homestead refund and remain eligible until such time as they remarry. An original Veterans Disability Determination Letter or Letter from a Regional V.A. that includes the disability date verifying the disability occurred prior to Jan. 1, 2009 and percentage of permanent disability must be filed with the Homestead Refund Claim (K-40H).
Surviving spouse of active duty service members who died in the line of duty are also eligible to claim a Homestead refund and remain eligible until such time as they remarry.
- How do I check on my current year Homestead claim refund?
Normal processing time for a refund is 20 weeks. If you are a renter, you should allow an additional eight weeks so your rent can be verified with your landlord.
You may check on the status of your current year homestead claim refund by accessing the Web Refund Status application. You will need to provide the Social Security number shown on your claim as well as the exact amount of your refund, in whole dollars only.
You may also get this information by calling 1-800-894-0318 using a touch-tone telephone. You will need to provide the Social Security number shown on your claim as well as the exact amount of your refund, in whole dollars only.
Refund information regarding prior year claims or amended claims is not available using these systems.
- Can net operating losses and net capital losses be used to reduce my income on my Homestead claim?
No. Do not subtract any net operating losses or net capital losses from the income amounts.
- How do I amend a Homestead claim?
To file an amended claim, obtain another copy of Kansas Homestead Claim (K-40H) and mark the "amended" box. Enter the information on the claim as it should have been, and enclose an explanation of the changes. If the refund shown on the amended claim is less than the refund you received from the original claim, enclose a check or money order for the difference with your amended claim. Make your check payable to "Kansas Department of Revenue." Write "Homestead Repayment-Amended Claim" and your Social Security number on the face of your payment.
- Where can I get help with my Homestead claim?
Customers who need help are encouraged to visit the various sections of our website or call the Kansas Taxline at 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. Our hours in Topeka are 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.