If you have not met with the County Appraiser to protest
the value of your property for the same year you are paying
taxes then you may file a protest at the time of payment. Protest
forms are available from the Ellis County Treasury or on-line from the Kansas State Court of Tax Appeals. When accessing
the COTA sight you will need to click on Forms, then Payment
Under Protest (PR Appeal Form – 29K), print off the
form, fill it out, sign it and return it to the Ellis County
Treasury along with your tax payment.
Please read and follow the instructions on the form carefully,
ensuring a successful appeal. NOTE: if the protest
form is received by the Treasury unsigned,
the protest is considered invalid and will
be returned. The delay may jeopardize your chances
for a hearing.
Protest forms must accompany either the first half or full
payment, due on or before December 20th. If a mortgage
company pays your taxes, the deadline to file a protest is
extended to January 31st of the following year. If
you did not file a protest with the first half payment you
may do so with the second half payment due on or before May
10th of the following year. It should be noted that
these deadlines change in years where they fall on weekends,
to the next working day.
Retain a copy of your completed protest; it will be needed
when filing a protest with the Kansas State Court of Tax
Appeals. This is the next level of tax protest when
not satisfied with the results of your protest hearing at
the county level
If your appeal is successful and your taxes are reduced the
Treasurer, upon notification from either the Appraiser or the
Court of Tax Appeals, refunds overpayments of taxes and when
applicable interest thereon.
The Kansas State Court of Tax Appeals is a specialized court
within the executive branch of state government. The Court
was established on July 1, 2008, pursuant to House Bill 2018.
The Court's predecessor in authority was the Kansas Board
of Tax Appeals.
The Court of Tax Appeals is the highest administrative tribunal
to hear cases involving ad valorem (property), income, sales,
compensating use, and inheritance taxes, along with other
matters involving taxation by state and local authorities.
The Court is an independent tax tribunal, meaning that it
is not affiliated with the Kansas Department of Revenue or
any other taxing authority. The Court of Tax Appeals is a
neutral decision-making body.
Once your protest is received, processed and filed; the County
Appraiser notifies you of your scheduled informal hearing. If
you are filing a protest on the basis of an illegal tax levy,
a completed appendix must be attached to your protest form. When
filing a protest on an illegal tax levy the Treasurer forwards
all completed forms to the Court of Tax Appeals and no formal
hearing is held.