Kansas is Driven to Cure
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you can show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness with the Kansas
Breast Cancer Research and Outreach license plate, available
in early 2008. This distinctive tag will display your commitment
to those affected by breast cancer and help patients in Kansas
battle this devastating disease. Only residents of Kansas
with a current Kansas registration may apply.
Your license plate
will remind women and men to take charge of their health through
early detection breast cancer exams! Your annual $50 tax-deductible
donation to obtain/renew this beautiful plate will support the
University of Kansas Cancer Center’s clinical trial program. This
will ensure that the latest information on breast cancer prevention,
early detection and treatment are all shared with cancer care
professionals and patients all over Kansas.
The University of
Kansas Cancer Center and the Kansas Medical Society alliance
have obtained the mandatory 500 commitments to begin production
on this plate. Enclosed
with your 2007 taxes is an insert for the Breast Cancer plate. If
you are interested in applying, fill in the information on the
back and return it to the Ellis County Treasury. You will
then be mailed an application that must be completed and mailed
to the address listed on the application. Or
you may access the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute,
an integral part of the University of Kansas Cancer Center, at
http://kmcri.kumc.edu and apply directly on-line.
If you have
additional concerns or questions you may contact Traci Wilper,
Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute, University of Kansas
Cancer Center, 4030 Robinson Hall, MS 1027, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.,
Kansas City, KS 66160. Or you
may call Traci Wilper, toll free, 877-253-4477.
Last year the Ellis County
Treasury introduced a new FREE program, Electronic
Reminders. The response to this idea was phenomenal but
we think we could make it even better.
Our lives are so hectic
and often times everyone could use a reminder of upcoming events. Let
the Treasury give you relief from worrying about tax or registration
deadlines by sending you reminders via the internet.
All you need is a computer
with internet access. Enclosed you will find
an application form that needs to be filled out entirely and returned to the
Ellis County Treasury. Please print all information on this application
form. If you have already applied for this program, there
is no need to do it again.
Once your information is entered into the Ellis
County Treasury files you will receive one of the following electronic
reminders: that the current tax roll has been mailed, the second
half tax deadline is in the near future, you have an upcoming
registration renewal deadline or any announcements important
to Ellis County constituents. This service is also available
on the Ellis County Treasury website, www.e-treasury.us. Access
our website, click on email reminders, provide the information requested and
you will be reminded of upcoming deadlines. This service
will continue until you inform us to do otherwise.
Once again, if you have already applied for this service you need not
apply again. This service is offered to the constituents
of Ellis County by the Ellis County Treasury at NO COST.
Office Hours: Monday
thru Friday 8-5 (open through the lunch hour). The Treasury
is located on the bottom floor of the Ellis County Courthouse,
north wing. All scheduled Holidays are listed on the Treasury
Deadline dates change for 2007 taxes: Full
or 1st half taxes are due on or before December 20, 2007 and
because of the weekend, the 2nd half taxes are due on or before
May 12, 2008. (2nd half tax notices are not provided).
Payment Drop Box: Located in the bottom
of the left window on the east side of the Ellis County Courthouse,
northeast corner and marked as such.
Public 30 Minute Parking: Three parking
stalls located in the north parking lot, along the east side
of the Ellis County Courthouse, northeast corner and marked
Handicap Parking: Located in both the
north and south parking lots of the Ellis County Courthouse
(marked as such). The south entrance is an automatic
handicap accessible door.
Insufficient Funds: $25 will be charged
for checks returned to the Ellis County Treasury as well as
ACH withdrawals made on accounts with insufficient funds.
Proof of Insurance: This is mandatory
and must be current Kansas liability insurance. Proof
of insurance must identify the vehicle being registered, showing
both the beginning and ending dates of coverage. This
information may be faxed to the Ellis County Treasury at (785-628-9470)
by a registrant’s insurance company.
United States Mint: H.I.P. Pocket Change
was launched in July 1999. It is a fun educational tool
for students and teachers that generate interest in coins,
the United States Mint, and U.S. history.
County Tax Statements
If you received a Homestead refund
last year, have no outstanding balances with the Department of
Revenue and checked the Advancement Box on your 2006 return,
you should be eligible for this advanced credit on your 2007
tax statement. This credit will be applied to the 1st half
2007 taxes due and will be printed on your statement.
Homestead information was sent electronically to Ellis County
from the Kansas Department of Revenue. Prior to receiving
your 2007 tax statement(s) you should have received a Homestead
Credit notice from the State. If you did not receive a
notice or feel there is an error concerning your Homestead Credit,
contact either the Kansas Department of Revenue (785-368-8222)
or the Ellis County Clerk (785-628-9410). Information is
also available on the Kansas Department of Revenue website, www.ksrevenue.org.
Points of Interest
- White statements are NOT bills and are
sent only to homeowners with a designated taxpayer. White
statements are used to inform the homeowner of how much
tax has been assessed on their property.
- Payment stubs are located at the bottom of each statement
and should be returned to the Treasury along with payments
in the envelope provided.
- ACH application forms are located at the bottom and back
of each statement. Completed applications for each
statement must be returned to the Treasury along with a
COPY of a check from which the payment is being made. If
the checking account is the same for multiple statements
only one COPY of a check is necessary.
- If the total due is less than $10, it is due in full
on or before December 20, 2007. 1st half or full
tax payments are due on or before December 20, 2007 and
the 2nd half has been changed to May 12, 2008. The
2nd half deadline has been changed because May 10, 2008
falls on a weekend.
- Comparison information for real estate statements is
printed on the back of each real estate statement. This
year tax year 2006 is compared to tax year 2007.
- When paying taxes by mail the Ellis County Treasury has
provided a smaller return envelope. It is the responsibility
of each taxpayer to affix the proper postage needed for
mailing. If a change of address is necessary, check
the box on the front of the envelope and enter the correct
address in the return address area.
E-Z Pay Program
It has been several
years since the Ellis County Treasury introduced the E-Z Pay
Program. This program allows taxpayers and/or motor vehicle
registrants to set aside funds monthly to be used to pay taxes
or renew registrations.
This program relieves the pressure of
accumulating large sums of money to pay the aforementioned. The
monthly payment is determined by the taxpayer/registrant and
may be changed at the discretion of such.
There are several ways of depositing into these personal accounts. Automatic
withdrawals are the most popular and are done on the 5th and
20th of each month. Or
monthly payments may be made by check or cash. Payment
coupon books are available.
If an employer would like to
make this service available to its employees as a payroll deduction,
the Ellis County Treasury would be more than happy to accommodate. Just
call the Treasury (785-628-9465) and request information for
the E-Z Pay Program. All
the necessary information will be mailed. No matter how
this service is provided at NO COST to those
who use it.
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Ellis County Treasury is now open 24/7/365 by accessing the
Treasury website at the aforementioned address. The
Ellis County Treasury has tried to make its website user friendly
and as informative as a phone call.
Electronic reminders have
become a very popular module of the website. The Tax
Search Engine enables
users to access live information from Ellis County files. Presently
only real estate assessment or tax payment information is available. The
goal is to have all other tax information available in the future. The Tax
Estimator is the module used for calculating fees
on motor vehicles. The information for this module is updated
annually, making it very useful for “shopping around” for
a new vehicle. The Calendar page changes
monthly and always posts the current month along with the next
events, holidays, publications and more are listed on this
New this year will be the K-64 page. Hopefully
this page will be completed by the end of this year and will
be primarily for those taxpayers that qualify for Business Machinery
and Equipment Tax Credit. This is defined
in greater detail on the back page of this newsletter. This
should make the K-64 information available for tax preparers
at the time they need it.
The Ellis County Treasurer invites everyone
to access the Treasury website and experience the Treasury. During
the past 12 month approximately 40,000 users have accessed this
site. Most visitors find the site to be informative
and user friendly, visiting repeatedly. If you have visited
the Treasury site, please email and let us know your feelings
may opt to pay taxes or motor vehicle transactions using cash,
checks or any one of the following payment options.
Official Payments Corp
- Allows taxpayers to use Visa, Master Card, American
Express and Discover
- Convenience fee is assessed according to the amount
- Toll free number: 1-800-272-9829
- Jurisdiction number: 2602
- Confirmation number must be given to Treasury for verification
- Internet access: www.e-treasury.us,
Payments, Official Payments Corp
Electronic or e-check
- Limited to the following: ATM Networks, Cash Station,
Pulse Pay, Maesiro, Interlink, EFTI, TYMI, MAC, Money Station,
MagicLine and Honor/Star
- User must know personal ID# or PIN#
- Application form is printed on the back bottom of all
Ellis County tax statements
- No service fee
- Withdrawn on 12/20/2007 (1st half or full payments) & 05/12/2008
(2nd half payments)
You may be
eligible for a tax refund or credit for tax year 2007
|HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX REFUND
A property tax refund for eligible homeowners
As a Kansas resident for all of 2007, you are eligible for
a refund of up to $700 if your total “household income” is
$29,100 or less, AND:
- You were born before January 1, 1952, OR
- You were totally and permanently disable or blind for the
entire year of 2007, OR
- You have a dependent child who lived with you the entire
year that was born before January 1, 2007, and was under
the age of 18 all of 2007.
“Household income” is generally all
taxable and non-taxable income received by all members of the
? How can I use my expected
homestead refund to help pay up to the first half of my property
Homeowners who received a homestead refund
last year and do not have any outstanding balances with
the Kansas Department of Revenue and who checked the
Advancement Box on the 2006 return are eligible for an
advancement. The advancement
information was sent electronically to Ellis County and appears
on your 2007 property tax statement. Important: You
must still file a Homestead Refund Claim, Form K-40H between
January 1, 2008 and April 15, 2008.
FOOD SALES TAX REFUND
A refund of the sales tax paid on food purchases.
If you were a Kansas resident all of 2007, you are eligible if
your Kansas adjusted gross income plus certain interest and
retirement benefits exempt from Kansas taxation is $29,700
or less, AND:
- You were born before January 1, 1953, OR
- You were totally and permanently disable or blind all of
- You have a dependent child you claim as a personal exemption
who was born before January 1, 2007, and was under the age
of 18 all of 2007.
? How much is the food
sales tax refund?
your income is: Your refund is:
- $14,850 $78
for each exemption
$14,851 - $29,700 $38
for each exemption
*The income brackets are indexed and change
each year, and beginning with Tax Year 2006 the refund amounts
are indexed as well.
BUSINESS MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT TAX CREDIT
An income tax credit equal to 25% (for TY’s 2007
and after) of the personal property tax paid on qualified
machinery and equipment
You are eligible if you paid personal property tax on qualified
business machinery and equipment without incurring any late
payment penalties, and you are filing an income tax return. Financial
institutions filing a Kansas privilege tax return and insurance
companies paying the insurance company premiums tax are also
eligible for this credit.
“Qualified machinery and equipment,” means items
required to be listed for property taxation on Schedule 2, Schedule
5, or Schedule 6 of the rendition. Items that DO NOT
qualify for the credit include motor vehicles, personal property
owned by a public utility, and property not used for a business
The basis for the credit is the personal property tax timely
paid on business machinery and equipment during the tax year. Example:
For tax year 2007 (calendar year), the last half of 2006 property
taxes paid by May 10, 2007 and the 2007 property tax paid by
December 20, 2007 are the basis of the credit.
NOTE: Business Machinery and
after June 30, 2006 may be exempt from property
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR REFUND OR TAX CREDIT
Homestead Refund: Complete
a Kansas Homestead Claim, Form K-40H, and mail it to the Kansas
Department of Revenue anytime from January 1 through April 15,
Food Sales Tax Refund: Complete
the Food Sales Tax Refund line of the Kansas Individual
Income Tax and/or Food Sales Tax Refund return, Form K-40,
anytime from January 1 through April 15, 2008. You
may use one of our paperless filing options. State/Fed
e-file or WebFile, to obtain a faster refund.
Business Machinery & Equipment Tax Credit: Complete
Schedule K-64, “Business Machinery and Equipment
Tax Credit,” and enclose it with your tax return. Submission
of property tax receipts are required if the credit claimed
is $500 or more. If your paid receipt does not
separate the tax paid on qualified property from other
personal property taxes paid, obtain a breakdown of the
tax paid on qualifying personal property from the county.
Forms are available from the Kansas
Department of Revenue, driver’s license exam stations,
and other places of convenience throughout the state. Forms
may also be downloaded from our web site at www.ksrevenue.org,
or ordered from the department’s voice mail forms
request line at (785) 296-4937.
Assistance and additional information on these tax refunds
and credits are available from the Kansas Department of Revenue,
Docking State Office Building, 915 SW Harrison St., 1st Floor,
Topeka, KS 66625, Phone: (785) 368-8222; Hearing-Impaired TTY;
785-296-6461, Information and forms are also available from
the department’s web site at www.ksrevenue.org.
Homestead and Food Sales Tax Refund assistance is available
from your county clerk or from free volunteer tax assistance
your local Department of Aging, Community Action Program, senior
center, library, or county clerk for information on availability
in your area.
For assistance in determining
the amount of personal property taxes paid on commercial and
industrial machinery and equipment, contact your county officials. CR-20 (Rev