Tax FAQs

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Business
Questions answered in this section include, “who is required to get a business license?” In addition, you can find filing requirements for partners and partnerships, as well as the procedure for closing a tax account.

Individual
Questions answered in this section include, “what is the earnings tax?” and “who has to file and/ or pay earnings tax?” It also lists the due date to file and pay. You can also find how to check the status of a refund.

Tax Professionals
This section lists ordinances relevant to the earnings tax and provides statute of limitations information. 

Special Assessments
This section answers billing and payment questions related to Special Assessments issued for curb and sidewalk repair; sanitary sewer installation; nuisance abatement; demolition and board-up of dangerous buildings and Neighborhood Improvement Districts.

  • Tax - Business

    • Can I file and pay my taxes online?

    • I am a resident of Kansas City, Missouri but work outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Am I subject to the one percent earnings tax on the monies I earn outside of Kansas City, Missouri?

    • What if I am a non-resident who owns a business in Kansas City, MO?

    • What deductions can I take on my Profits Tax return?

    • How do partnerships and partners report and pay Profits Tax?

    • I am a member of an S Corporation. Do I have to file a Profits Return?

    • Is rental income subject to the earnings tax?

    • I am paying my earnings tax after the due date. Do I have to pay penalties or interest?

    • Can I make payment arrangements?

    • What if my business had no activity this year?

    • What if my business closed this year?

    • How do I change my address?

    • How do I get a refund?

    • What’s the status of my refund?

    • What type of documentation do I need for my refund request?

    • I am an employer. What are taxable earnings?

    • What are the penalties for failure to file withholding information on my employees?

    • What is the Bulk Filing Program for Quarterly Withholding Forms?

    • What is the Bulk Filing Program for Annual Withholding Forms?

    • What types of electronic filing specifications apply to submitting W-2 information?

    • Who is required to get a business license?

    • How can I search for business license holders?

    • What is the business license fee?

    • When do I have to renew my business license?

    • What documentation do I need to obtain a business license?

    • What form(s) do I need for my business license?

    • I am a driver for a ride-sharing company (such as Uber, Lyft, etc.). Do I need a business license?

    • Is a business license required for rental activity?

    • What if I still have questions about business license?

    • What is the convention and tourism tax for hotels?

    • What is the convention and tourism tax for restaurants?

    • I operate a Food Truck in Kansas City, Missouri. Do I need to charge the convention and tourism tax?

    • I am a Caterer located in Kansas City, Mo. Do I need to charge the convention and tourism tax?

    • I am a Caterer located outside Kansas City, Mo. Do I need to charge the convention and tourism tax?

    • What is the arena fee for car rentals?

    • What is the arena fee for hotels?

    • How can I open new accounts or add additional accounts for my business?

    • What is a Community Improvement District (CID) and what are the rates?

    • What is the difference between a Community Improvement District and a Transportation Development District (TDD)?

    • Is my business address in one of the City’s special sales tax districts?

  • Tax - Individuals

    • How do I file?

    • When is my annual tax return due?

    • Can I file and pay my taxes online?

    • What is the earnings tax?

    • Who has to file and/or pay earnings tax?

    • How do I know if I owe?

    • What if my employer did not withhold for me?

    • What do I need to know before I fill out my return?

    • I am paying my earnings tax after the due date. Do I have to pay penalties or interest?

    • I am a resident of Kansas City, Missouri, but work outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Am I subject to the one percent earning tax on the monies I earn outside of Kansas City, Missouri?

    • I work part of a day in Kansas City, Missouri and part outside of Kansas City, Missouri. How do I treat this in calculating my days worked outside of the City?

    • Are there any exceptions to the standard work year of 260 days on Form RD-109NR?

    • Is retirement income subject to the earnings tax?

    • Is disability income subject to the earnings tax?

    • Is unemployment compensation subject to the earnings tax?

    • I am an active duty member of the military. Do I owe earnings taxes?

    • What if I receive a severance package? How is it taxed by the City?

    • How do I get a refund?

    • What’s the status of my refund?

    • How do I change my address?

    • What if I still have questions?

  • Tax - Professionals

    • What is the Statute of Limitations?

    • Why was my return selected for an audit?

    • Why does the Revenue Division look at previous years?

    • Will the audit results be turned over to the Internal Revenue Service?

    • Where in the tax law (City Ordinance) does it state I have to pay earnings tax?

    • Where in the tax law (City Ordinance) does it state I have to provide my records?

  • Tax - Special Assessments

    • I didn’t own the property when the work for which I am being charged was done. Am I still responsible for the bill?

    • I never received a special assessment bill. Am I still responsible for paying it?

    • Does the City charge interest on special assessments?

    • Can the interest that has accrued on my special assessment be waived?

    • How long of a period of time do I have to pay this special assessment?

    • What method of payment is accepted?

    • How long does it take for a payment to post after the City receives it?

    • Who do I make the check out to?

    • What will happen if I cannot make my installment payment by the due date?

    • I no longer own the property the special assessment account is assigned to. What should I do with the bill?

    • Do you offer any type of payment plan?

    • What if I dispute the bill?

    • I have a credit on my account. What do I have to do to get a refund or to get the credit applied to another bill?

    • I haven’t received my special assessment bill. How do I get a copy of the bill?

    • Is this special assessment considered to be a lien on my property?

    • How can I pay off my special assessment after it has been forwarded to the county?

    • How can I keep my special assessment account from going to the county?

    • Once my assessment has gone to the county, can it be retracted?

    • What if I still have questions?

    • What is your fax number?

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