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Kentucky income tax filing deadline is July 15; COVID-19 disruptions caused three-month extension

The Kentucky Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers that the 2019 state income tax filing deadline is coming up on July 15. On March 26, Gov. Andy Beshear directed DOR to extend the filing deadline by three months in response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s decision mirrored the federal income tax relief provisions issued March 20 by the Internal Revenue Service...

BBB Trends: Employment scams top the list for 2018, representing a $50 billion drain on the economy

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Marketplace scams represent a $50 billion drain on the U.S. economy, robbing consumers and legitimate businesses alike. Scams have a negative impact on one in four households and one in five individuals each year. These thieves masquerade as trusted brands, erode consumer confidence in the marketplace and often hide on the internet. Last year, people in the U.S....

BBB: Government shutdown doesn’t slow down imposters; as watchers aren’t watching, be careful!

The recent Federal Government shutdown is impacting agencies consumers and businesses depend on. Until a resolution is announced, a number of services provided by the FTC, the SBA, and the IRS are unavailable to the public. It also allows an opportunity for scammers posing as a government agency and phish for personal information, so watch out for bogus phone calls, emails, and text messages during...

Gov. Bevin: Kentucky Opportunity Zone Initiative holds promise of economic growth for local communities

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Monday the U.S. Department of the Treasury certified 144 Opportunity Zones in 84 Kentucky counties under a program in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that aims to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. Gov. Bevin The designation offers significant federal tax breaks and deferrals to entities and individuals investing in Opportunity...

Kentucky revenue department working to raise tax fraud awareness as filing season approaches

For the second year, the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is collaborating with the Internal Revenue Service, other state tax agencies, and the tax industry in bringing awareness to National Tax Security Awareness Week to encourage both individual and business taxpayers to take additional steps to protect their tax data and identities in advance of the 2018 filing season. Starting Monday, Nov....

Tax Day: It’s April 18 this year — here are fun facts to lighten your mood while sorting through the code

No one likes Tax Day, except for accountants and Uncle Sam. In fact, disdain for filling out forms and forking over funds to the government drives many of us to contemplate some pretty kooky alternatives. For example, one in five Americans would get an “IRS” tattoo in return for a tax-free future while 6% would name their first-born child “Taxes.” It’s no wonder, either. We’ve spent billions...

BBB Trends: With over 42,000 refund frauds found last year, IRS shows tax identity theft is a reality

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Did someone misuse your Social Security number (SSN) to file for a tax refund or get a job? Did a stranger claim your child as a dependent? Did the IRS contact you about unreported income from the second job you don’t actually have? These are all signs of tax identity theft and it is a perpetual problem not just for consumers, but also for the Internal Revenue...

With beginning of electronic filing, Beshear warns Kentuckians about IRS, tax-related identity scams

As tax season begins, Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a scam alert to help Kentucky families avoid falling victim to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and tax-related identity fraud. The start date for electronic filing of tax year 2016 federal and Kentucky returns began Jan. 23, 2017, and, as a result, reports of tax identity fraud are increasing. Beshear’s office has received nearly 100 IRS scam...

Kentucky Department of Revenue issues warning about tax scams, recent schemes

The Kentucky Department of Revenue wants all Kentuckians to be aware of possible schemes that are designed to steal identities and important personal information. As tax season approaches, the department, along with the Internal Revenue Service, and tax industry representatives, remind taxpayers to be on the lookout for an array of evolving tax scams related to identity theft and refund fraud. This...

Kentucky Department of Revenue encourages citizens to be ‘Tax Security Aware’

The Kentucky Department of Revenue is participating in “National Tax Security Awareness Week,” Dec. 5 – 9, along with the Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners comprised of public and private sector leaders. The goal is for the tax community to share information and to educate taxpayers on steps they should take to protect themselves from identity theft and tax scams as...