The Kansas Department of Revenue announced it will waive fees to replace documents lost after a tornado struck Baxter Springs in Cherokee County Sunday night.
The EF2 tornado reached wind speeds of 130 mph according the the National Weather Service in Springfield.
Nick Jordan is the Kansas Revenue Secretary. He says it is a way to help picking up the pieces a little easier for residents.
Governor Sam Brownback signed the order to waive the fees for residents in Bourbon, Cherokee and Linn Counties. This also includes driver's licenses and motor vehicle titles and registrations, birth certificates and marriage licenses.
Residents who need items replaced can use the following to collect their documents free of charge:
- FEMA ID Number
- Utility bill
- School document
- Mail containing an address
The office of the Kansas Adjutant General says there will also be additional staff on site from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 29 and 30 at the new Community Building, 1101 East Ave., to process driver's license replacements and print replacement titles out on site.
For those who lost vehicles in the storms, they can go to their local county treasurer's office and submit insurance claims as well as apply for a refund on the vehicles tags.
Businesses need to file monthly state sales and withholding taxes still. The Department of Revenue will waive and late filing fees for businesses trying to reopen that were affected by the storm if they incur late tax fees.
If you need replacement copies of tax returns, call 785-368-8222 and you will be provided a copy for free.