While there are no stimulus checks for Kansas residents in 2024, there are other resources available for those facing financial hardship. Whether you’re facing financial problems because of a job loss or medical emergency, the federal government has programs to help with food, housing, healthcare, and more.

You may also be able to get some relief with state-level tax credits in Kansas. Read on to learn more about how tax credits work, how to qualify, and how much you can get.

Is There a Stimulus Check for Kansas in 2024?

Other than the three Economic Impact Payments issued during the coronavirus pandemic, President Biden or Congress have no plans for additional stimulus checks through the American Rescue Plan or the CARES Act.

Any social media posts or online articles you may have read about fourth stimulus checks from the IRS are false.

“Although there is no stimulus check, Kansas does have one of the lowest costs of living in the U.S., so that's helpful,” shares Teresa Dodson, debt expert and founder of Greenbacks Consulting. “Always work with a tax professional to make sure you get all the deductions you can to save money,” she adds.

Kansas Stimulus Check 2024

While there are no stimulus checks for Kansas residents, you may still be able to get tax relief through the state-level Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC). Kansas doesn’t have a Child Tax Credit (CTC).

If you claim tax credits, you may be able to lower your tax obligation and get a bigger tax refund, which can help when you’re in a tough financial spot.

How do Kansas Stimulus Checks Work?

Tax credits are not stimulus programs, but they’re used by the federal and state governments to provide relief and put money back in the pockets of low and moderate-income families.

You can claim these credits when you file your income taxes to lower your taxes due on a dollar-for-dollar basis. A non-refundable tax credit will reduce the amount of taxes you owe. With a refundable credit, you’ll get a check for any surplus amount once your taxes owed are zero.

Who Is Eligible for Kansas’s Stimulus Checks?

Kansas’s Earned Income Tax Credits can only be claimed by residents, not non-residents or part-year residents. All taxpayers in Kansas who qualify for the federal EITC are automatically eligible for the state EITC.

Here are the basic eligibility requirements you’ll need to meet to qualify for federal EITC:

  • You must have worked and earned an income of less than $63,398 during the year.
  • Your investment income for the tax year 2023 must not exceed $11,000.
  • You must have a valid Social Security number when you file your 2023 return.
  • You must meet certain rules if you’re not filing a joint return.
  • You must not file Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or a resident alien in 2023.

You can claim the federal EITC only if you meet these earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) limits set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):

  • No qualifying children: $17,640 (single, head of household, widowed) $24,210 (married filing jointly)
  • 1 qualifying child: $46,560 (single, head of household, widowed) $53,120 (married filing jointly)
  • 2 qualifying children: $52,918 (single, head of household, widowed) $59,478 (married filing jointly)
  • 3 or more qualifying children: $56,838 (single, head of household, widowed) $63,398 (married filing jointly)

You must also qualify for and claim the federal CDCTC to qualify for the Kansas Child and Dependent Care Credit. Here are the eligibility requirements for Kansas CDCTC:

  • You must qualify for and claim the federal CDCTC.
  • You, your spouse, and your dependents must have a valid Social Security number.

How Much Do You Receive and When

Kansas Earned Income Tax Credit is fully refundable and is 17% of the federal credit.

The Kansas CDCTC is nonrefundable and based on federal credit. It is limited to your Kansas taxes due after all other credits have been allowed. It is currently 25% of the federal credit.

How To Track the Status of Your Kansas Stimulus Checks

Even if you claim the EITC and CDCTC, you won’t receive a separate Kansas stimulus check. When you file your tax returns, these credits are applied to your tax due. If you qualify for a refund, you may get it in your bank account through direct deposit or as a paper check.

The Kansas Department of Revenue generally takes 10 to 14 days to process electronically filed returns and 16 to 20 weeks for paper-filed returns. You can check the status online if you haven’t received your return within this timeline.

How To Apply for Kansas’s Stimulus Checks

You don’t need to apply for state tax credits. You can claim them when you file your tax returns. We recommend speaking to a tax professional to learn more about which federal and state income tax returns you may qualify for to maximize your refund.

If you’re a low-income tax filer, you can take advantage of the IRS’s free tax filing options like Free File, VITA, and TCE.

Apply for Financial Assistance in Kansas

Even though there are no tax rebates or stimulus checks for Kansas in 2024, you can get relief in the form of a larger refund through tax credits. If you’re finding it difficult to afford basic necessities like food, housing, and healthcare, we recommend applying for as many federal benefits as you qualify for.

Start by filling out a questionnaire on the Benefit Finder tool. Based on your answers, the tool will provide you with a list of programs you can apply for.