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New laws approved during regular session of Kentucky General Assembly go into effect July 15

Most new laws approved during this year’s regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly will go into effect on July 15. That means voters will be asked to show a photo ID at the polls, veterinarians will be allowed to make a report to authorities if they find an animal under their care has been abused, and holders of state-issued ID cards will be added to the list of potential jurors. While COVID-19...

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...

State Budget Director reports General Fund receipts drop precipitously (33.6 percent) in April

State Budget Director John Hicks reported Wednesday that April’s General Fund receipts dropped precipitously due to the impact of the novel coronavirus and the movement of the income tax filing deadline to July 15. Collections fell 33.6 percent, or $432.9 million, compared to April of last year. Nearly 90 percent of the decline was from individual and corporate income taxes. Total revenues for the...

Kentucky income tax return filing deadline extended to July 15 in response to COVID-19 pandemic

At Gov. Andy Beshear’s direction, the Kentucky Department of Revenue is extending the 2019 Kentucky income tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. The move tracks with income tax relief provisions issued March 20 by the federal Internal Revenue Service in response to disruption caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Andy Beshear “At a time when we are asking families and businesses to make...