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Wichita, KS 67218
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law gives you the right to appeal your appraised values. We work very hard
to achieve a high level of accuracy in our appraisals. However, if there
is a mistake or if you do not agree with our appraisal, please follow
the process to appeal.
A Guide to the Property Valuation Appeal Process –
Taxpayers may appeal or challenge their propertys
classification and/or appraised value in one of two ways. The value may be
appealed at an informal hearing in the spring, after the appraiser has notified the taxpayer of the
propertys appraised value, or the value may be appealed when taxes are
paid under protest. However, the property value may be
appealed only once per tax year.
Valuation notices are mailed
annually March 1 for real property and May 1 for personal property. To
appeal the new value, sign the form with the valuation notice and send it back to the address listed
within 30 days of the date on the valuation notice for real property or May 15 for
An informal hearing with one of our hearing officers is then scheduled. If
someone other than the owner will be handling the hearing, a
of representative form should be filled out and sent back with the
valuation notice. This form certifies the named person/agent is authorized
to represent the property owner at the hearing.
This should be done as soon as possible after the valuation notices have
been mailed. Once the valuation notice has been signed and mailed back, the
appeal process has been initiated. In order to remain in the appeal process,
the taxpayer or their representative must attend the informal hearing.
Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the right to protest the
value for that tax year.
The second type of appeal open to taxpayers is the
property tax payment under protest. The new value will not result in a tax
bill until November. Protests maybe filed at the time the first half taxes
are paid by December 20 or at the time the second half taxes are paid by
June 20, but not both times. If the mortgage company pays the taxes
directly, an appeal may be filed with the county treasurer at any time after
the tax bills have been sent out, but before January 31. All payment under
protest appeals originate with the county treasurer. The protest form may be
filled out at the treasurer's office, or the taxpayer can call 660-9110 and the
county treasurer will mail or
fax the protest form. Forms may also be downloaded from the
Kansas Court of Tax Appeals
website. After the protest form has been filed with the
treasurer, the appraisers office will schedule an informal hearing with
one of our hearing officers.
If the taxpayer disagrees with the informal hearing
decision, additional avenues of appeal are available up to and including
Kansas District Court. Instructions for appealing to the next level will be
given at the time of the informal hearing and on the notification hearing
results letter, which will be provided when a decision has been reached
regarding the appeal.
What is an informal
informal hearing is an opportunity for a
taxpayer to question or appeal a property value or classification.
What should taxpayers consider in order to
choose between an equalization appeal or payment under protest appeal?
Normally taxpayers would choose an Equalization
Appeal because the property value is appealed before any tax payment is
due. Payment Under Protest can be used if the deadline for Equalization
Appeal was missed. However, one half of the taxes will be due upon
applying for a Payment Under Protest.
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What is the deadline to request an
You have 30 days from the date on the valuation
What is a valuation
It is the notification
of the appraised value for the coming tax year.
How may a copy of a valuation notice be
Property owners may
view the notice and appraisal information for their
properties online. Property owners also may print their notice from this
website, which will include appeal information. Otherwise, a value notice may be
requested by email,
by calling (316) 660-9110, or faxing (316) 660-9219. The request will be
processed and the value notice will be mailed, or may be picked up at the
Sedgwick County Appraiser's Office located at 4035 E. Harry St. Wichita, KS.
When may one apply for payment under protest?
payment under protest when
tax payments are made.
What is the date and time of my informal
The date and time of your
informal hearing is
indicated on the front of the confirmation letter.
How much time should be allowed for the
informal hearing usually lasts approximately
Where will the
informal hearings be held?
The map enclosed with the appointment
confirmation letter gives directions to our office at
4035 E. Harry St. in Wichita.
What items should be brought to the
Anything to support the taxpayers opinion of
value should be brought to the hearing. Examples of what should support a
taxpayers opinion of value would be photos, comparable sales, old value
Who will conduct the
A qualified appraiser from our office will be
assigned to conduct the informal hearing.
May someone else represent me at the
Yes, only if you have furnished the appraisers
office with a signed declaration of representative
which can be obtained via the Internet or mailed upon request. The
completed Declaration of Representative form can be faxed back to the
appraisers office at (316) 660-9219 or mailed to a hearing
4035 E. Harry St. Wichita, KS 67218 or by
Will reschedules be allowed?
Due to the volume of hearings scheduled every
year it is critical for the convenience of all taxpayers for everyone to
keep their scheduled hearing appointment.
What options are available if circumstances
beyond my control prevent my attendance?
For taxpayers who are homebound, have
residences outside of Sedgwick County or are otherwise physically unable to
attend a hearing, a
declaration of representative may be
acquired online or mailed upon request and sent with your selected
representative to the hearing. Another option for taxpayers (excluding
those on vacation) would be to call (316) 660-9219 and schedule a phone
Are options available to appeal a property
value if the informal hearing is missed?
Failure to appear, or a cancellation of the
scheduled informal hearing will result in forfeiture of the right to
protest the tax year in question.
What actions are required to appeal
If the result of the informal hearing is not
satisfactory, the appraiser who held the hearing will provide a form with
instructions on how to appeal to the next level.
What are the levels of appealing real property
values up to and including Kansas District Court?
A guide to the appeal process in Kansas is
available free of charge in your county appraiser's office or you may view
the flowcharts online by selecting your type of hearing:
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