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Kansas Revenue Department seizes, then releases c-stores over tax matter

WICHITA, Kansas -- The Kansas Department of Revenue on Tuesday released eight convenience stores back to their owners just hours after seizing them for unpaid sales taxes, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The department said that the eight Jump Start stores in southeastern Kansas were allowed to reopen after a payment agreement was reached with the owners. The stores are owned by a company called TAS Group LLC, said AP.

Revenue Department spokesperson Jeannine Koranda told the news agency that the business failed to send the state nearly $516,000 in sales taxes collected between October 2011 and July 2012.

Agents early Tuesday shut down two Jump Start stores each in Coffeyville and Independence and one each in Chetopa, Pittsburg, Altamont and Neodesha, said the report.