As Amended by Senate Committee
Session of 2000
By Special Committee on Assessment and Taxation

10             AN  ACT amending the homestead property tax refund act; concerning
11             the definition of income; amending K.S.A. 79-4502 and repealing the
12             existing section.
14       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
15             Section  1. K.S.A. 79-4502 is hereby amended to read as follows: 79-
16       4502. As used in this act, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
17             (a) "Income" means the sum of adjusted gross income under the
18       Kansas income tax act, maintenance, support money, cash public assis-
19       tance and relief (not including any refund granted under this act), the
20       gross amount of any pension or annuity (including all monetary retire-
21       ment benefits from whatever source derived, including but not limited
22       to, railroad retirement benefits, all payments received under the federal
23       social security act except disability payments, and veterans disability pen-
24       sions), all dividends and interest from whatever source derived not in-
25       cluded in adjusted gross income, workers compensation and the gross
26       amount of "loss of time" insurance. It does not include gifts from non-
27       governmental sources or surplus food or other relief in kind supplied by
28       a governmental agency, nor shall net operating losses and net capital
29       losses be considered in the determination of income.
30             (b) "Household" means a claimant, a claimant and spouse who oc-
31       cupy the homestead or a claimant and one or more individuals not related
32       as husband and wife who together occupy a homestead.
33             (c) "Household income" means all income received by all persons of
34       a household in a calendar year while members of such household.
35             (d) "Homestead" means the dwelling, or any part thereof, whether
36       owned or rented, which is occupied as a residence by the household and
37       so much of the land surrounding it, as defined as a home site for ad
38       valorem tax purposes, and may consist of a part of a multi-dwelling or
39       multi-purpose building and a part of the land upon which it is built or a
40       manufactured home or mobile home and the land upon which it is situ-
41       ated. "Owned" includes a vendee in possession under a land contract, a
42       life tenant, a beneficiary under a trust and one or more joint tenants or
43       tenants in common.


  1             (e) "Claimant" means a person who has filed a claim under the pro-
  2       visions of this act and was, during the entire calendar year preceding the
  3       year in which such claim was filed for refund under this act, except as
  4       provided in K.S.A. 79-4503, and amendments thereto, both domiciled in
  5       this state and was: (1) A person having a disability; (2) a person who is 55
  6       years of age or older or (3) a person other than a person included under
  7       (1) or (2) having one or more dependent children under 18 years of age
  8       residing at the person's homestead during the calendar year immediately
  9       preceding the year in which a claim is filed under this act.
10             When a homestead is occupied by two or more individuals and more
11       than one of the individuals is able to qualify as a claimant, the individuals
12       may determine between them as to whom the claimant will be. If they
13       are unable to agree, the matter shall be referred to the secretary of rev-
14       enue whose decision shall be final.
15             (f) "Property taxes accrued" means property taxes, exclusive of special
16       assessments, delinquent interest and charges for service, levied on a
17       claimant's homestead in 1979 or any calendar year thereafter by the state
18       of Kansas and the political and taxing subdivisions of the state. When a
19       homestead is owned by two or more persons or entities as joint tenants
20       or tenants in common and one or more of the persons or entities is not
21       a member of claimant's household, "property taxes accrued" is that part
22       of property taxes levied on the homestead that reflects the ownership
23       percentage of the claimant's household. For purposes of this act, property
24       taxes are "levied" when the tax roll is delivered to the local treasurer with
25       the treasurer's warrant for collection. When a claimant and household
26       own their homestead part of a calendar year, "property taxes accrued"
27       means only taxes levied on the homestead when both owned and occupied
28       as a homestead by the claimant's household at the time of the levy, mul-
29       tiplied by the percentage of 12 months that the property was owned and
30       occupied by the household as its homestead in the year. When a house-
31       hold owns and occupies two or more different homesteads in the same
32       calendar year, property taxes accrued shall be the sum of the taxes allo-
33       cable to those several properties while occupied by the household as its
34       homestead during the year. Whenever a homestead is an integral part of
35       a larger unit such as a multi-purpose or multi-dwelling building, property
36       taxes accrued shall be that percentage of the total property taxes accrued
37       as the value of the homestead is of the total value. For the purpose of
38       this act, the word "unit" refers to that parcel of property covered by a
39       single tax statement of which the homestead is a part.
40             (g) "Disability" means:
41             (1) Inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of
42       any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be
43       expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a


  1       continuous period of not less than 12 months, and an individual shall be
  2       determined to be under a disability only if the physical or mental im-
  3       pairment or impairments are of such severity that the individual is not
  4       only unable to do the individual's previous work but cannot, considering
  5       age, education and work experience, engage in any other kind of sub-
  6       stantial gainful work which exists in the national economy, regardless of
  7       whether such work exists in the immediate area in which the individual
  8       lives or whether a specific job vacancy exists for the individual, or whether
  9       the individual would be hired if application was made for work. For pur-
10       poses of the preceding sentence (with respect to any individual), "work
11       which exists in the national economy" means work which exists in signif-
12       icant numbers either in the region where the individual lives or in several
13       regions of the country; for purposes of this subsection, a "physical or
14       mental impairment" is an impairment that results from anatomical, phys-
15       iological or psychological abnormalities which are demonstrable by med-
16       ically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques; or
17             (2) blindness and inability by reason of blindness to engage in sub-
18       stantial gainful activity requiring skills or abilities comparable to those of
19       any gainful activity in which the individual has previously engaged with
20       some regularity and over a substantial period of time.
21             (h) "Blindness" means central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the bet-
22       ter eye with the use of a correcting lens. An eye which is accompanied
23       by a limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the
24       visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees shall be consid-
25       ered for the purpose of this paragraph as having a central visual acuity of
26       20/200 or less.
27             (i) "Rent constituting property taxes accrued" means 20% of the gross
28       rent actually paid in cash or its equivalent in 1979 or any taxable year
29       thereafter by a claimant and claimant's household solely for the right of
30       occupancy of a Kansas homestead on which ad valorem property taxes
31       were levied in full for that year. When a household occupies two or more
32       different homesteads in the same calendar year, rent constituting prop-
33       erty taxes accrued shall be computed by adding the rent constituting
34       property taxes accrued for each property rented by the household while
35       occupied by the household as its homestead during the year.
36             (j) "Gross rent" means the rental paid at arm's length solely for the
37       right of occupancy of a homestead or space rental paid to a landlord for
38       the parking of a mobile home, exclusive of charges for any utilities, serv-
39       ices, furniture and furnishings or personal property appliances furnished
40       by the landlord as a part of the rental agreement, whether or not expressly
41       set out in the rental agreement. Whenever the director of taxation finds
42       that the landlord and tenant have not dealt with each other at arms length
43       and that the gross rent charge was excessive, the director may adjust the


  1       gross rent to a reasonable amount for the purposes of the claim. 
  2       Sec.  2. K.S.A. 79-4502 is hereby repealed.
  3        Sec.  3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
  4       publication in the statute book.