For certain retail storefronts that were operationally shut down or restricted at their retail storefront by a COVID-19-related order or by an action imposed by Kansas, the COVID-19 Retail Storefront Property Tax Relief Act may be able to provide relief. The refunds, for property taxes or rent actually paid, are for tax years 2020 and 2021, and are up to $5,000 per year per retail storefront. The relief program is funded through the Federal American Rescue Plan Act.
There are numerous exclusions from this COVID-19 relief. Excluded are grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores or home improvement businesses, retail liquor stores, manufacturers and food processors, health care providers (not including dentists), property management and real estate services, professional services, as well as others.
Assuming your retail storefront qualifies and is not on the excluded list, claims must be filed before April 15, 2023. The application process will open in October. However, business owners must be registered for a federal Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) before applying. The UEI, a unique 12-character identifier assigned to all entities doing business with the federal government, is issued through the Federal System for Award Management website (SAM.gov) at no cost.
Since it may take up to 25 business days according to the Kansas Governor’s office for new UEI registrations to be processed, Kansas retail storefronts eligible for the COVID-19 relief program are encouraged to register now. For issues related to registering for a UEI, visit SAM.gov or call the Federal Service Desk at 866-606-8220.
More detail information about the application process for the COVID-19 Kansas Retail Storefront Property Tax Relief is expected from the Kansas Department of Revenue. The application is anticipated to provide definitions, explain the program in detail, and specify the information that must be submitted with the application.
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