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Wichita, KS 67203
1. How do I file for a Homestead and food sales
The Sedgwick County Clerk’s office will be happy to help you prepare the
forms necessary to file for these tax refunds. If you were a resident of Kansas
for the entire year AND if you meet one of the following requirements you may be
eligible for a Homestead or Food Sales Tax refund:
you are over age 55 as of January 1 of the year you are
were permanently disabled or blind by Social Security for the
entire year you are filing for;
had dependent children under age 18 living with you for the
year you are filing for, you may qualify for this refund.
Your total household income must not exceed $33,400.00 for a Homestead
refund. Please note the Food Sales Tax refund is no longer available to Kansas
residents effective January 1, 2013, refer to K.S.A. 79-32,270(e). Another
requirement for a Homestead refund is that you owned and lived in a home that
was on the tax rolls for the entire filing year. Your claim for a Homestead
refund must be filed by the deadline of April 15 of each year.
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2. How do I protest my property tax?
In February or March you receive a validation notice on your real estate. If
you are unhappy with the value, fill out the appeal form on the back of the
notice and turn it into the Appraiser's office by April 15th. You will in turn
have a hearing with the Appraiser's office. If you are not happy with the
results of that hearing, fill out the back of your decision letter and turn it
into the Clerk's office within 18 days of the date on the letter. You will then
be scheduled for a hearing with the Hearing Officer Panel. In Sedgwick County,
this duty is performed by the Board of the County Commissioners. If you are
unhappy with that hearing, you can appeal to the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals. It
is also possible to "pay under protest," or to appeal your property tax bill
when you pay it in the Treasurer's office. That phase of the appeal process is
not a function of the Clerk's office.
3. How do I get information on real estate?
Square foot, lot size, special assessment, change of address, plats, township
maps, property identification numbers (PIN) and key numbers, as well as
ownership information can all be provided by the Clerk's office in the Real
Estate Records Department. That phone number is (316) 660-9200.
4. How do I get a marriage license?
You need to talk to the Clerk of the District Court at (316) 660-5787. This
is not a function of the Sedgwick County Clerk's Office.
5. How do I get a copy of a birth, marriage or
applications are now available in the Clerks Office. You can also call
the Kansas Department of Vital Statistics at (785) 296-1400 or download the
6. How do I register a boat?
You need to bring a bill of sale and the previous owner's registration to the
County Clerk's office. It is important to remember that those under the of 16
must now attend a training course before operating a jet ski. For additional
information contact the
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks at (316) 683-8069 or visit their web
7. How do I get a fishing license?
Anyone over 16 years of age needs to obtain a Kansas fishing license,
available through the County Clerk's office. Kansans over 75 are no longer
required to obtain a fishing license.
8. How do I get a hunting license?
Hunting licenses are available through the County Clerk. Those born after
July 1, 1957 must attend a Hunter Safety course provided by the
Kansas Department of Wildlife
& Parks, (316) 683-8069.
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9. I just started a new business, what do I need to
There may be special permits or licenses necessary for your business. In
general, all businesses should check the zoning in their area. In addition, it
is important to file a personal property rendition with the County Appraiser’s
office for all business related property. Sales tax questions should be directed
to the Kansas Department of Revenue – 1-877-526-7738.
Additional resources you may find helpful:
SBA Resource Guide for Small Business (PDF)
SBA Wichita District Office
Kansas Common Business Licenses/Permits
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