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Gov. Laura Kelly announces application process for property tax relief program

Laura Kelly
Posted at 1:22 PM, Aug 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-31 14:22:44-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday that her administration is launching the application process for the COVID-19 Retail Storefront Property Tax Relief Program in October.

Kelly urged Kansas small business owners to verify they are registered for a federal Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) before the application process opens.

“The financial assistance provided through this program will give Kansas entrepreneurs resources to continue to grow and invest in their businesses,” Kelly said. “Proactively verifying UEI registration will help small business owners receive this relief quickly and efficiently once the program’s application portal opens in October.”

Kelly signed bipartisan House Bill 2136 in June, providing $50 million of financial assistance for small businesses to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Claimants will have until April 15, 2023, to apply for this financial assistance.

The relief program is funded through the federal American Rescue Plan Act, which requires a completed UEI registration for a business to be eligible to receive assistance.

The unique 12-character identifier is assigned to all entities and is the primary means of entity identification for Federal awards and those doing business with the federal government. The UEI is free to acquire through the federal System for Award Management website.

If a business is already registered through the website, there is no need to obtain a UEI. UEI registration can be confirmed by logging in and verifying that the business’ Entity Status states “Active Registration.”

It may take up to 25 business days for new registrations to be processed due to recent increases in the number of entities registering.

For any issues related to registering or obtaining a UEI, the Federal Service Desk can be reached at 866-606-8220.