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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...

Tax filing season is officially here; Kentucky Dept. of Revenue now accepting 2019 tax returns

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) has finalized its tax filing processes and procedures, striving to make this the most efficient and safe filing season possible. The IRS began accepting electronic and paper federal tax returns on Jan. 27. Kentucky is following the same timeline and began accepting returns last week. Individual state income tax refunds will begin being processed on Feb. 10,...

Kentucky’s state property tax rate for 2019 to remain unchanged at 12.2 cents per $100 of value

Today the Kentucky Department of Revenue has released the 2019 State Real Property Tax Rate, which is 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value. Kentucky Revised Statute 132.020 requires the department to set the real property rate no later than July 1 of each year. This rate is based on the revenue generated from the increase in taxable real property assessments from 2018 to 2019. If the increase in...

Individual income tax filing deadline is Monday for both state and federal returns

The filing deadline to submit both federal and Kentucky individual income tax returns is Monday, April 15. Returns filed by taxpayers on April 15, will be considered timely filed. Returns that are mailed must be postmarked by April 15, 2019. As of April 10, the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) received over 1.4 million individual income tax returns, which is slightly higher than last year’s...

Airbnb delivers $2.1 million in tax revenue to Kentucky in first year of agreement

Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced Tuesday that it remitted more than $2.1 million in home sharing tax revenue on behalf of its Kentucky hosts in the first year of its tax agreement with the state, greatly exceeding initial projections. In September 2017, Airbnb and the Kentucky Department of Revenue announced a historic tax agreement, allowing the home sharing...

Department of Revenue, KET partner on live call-in program addressing changes to state’s tax law

The Kentucky Department of Revenue is partnering with KET to present “Kentucky Tax Law Changes: What You Need to Know,” a live call-in program addressing changes to Kentucky’s tax law. The show will air July 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern time/7 p.m. Central time. The 2018 Kentucky legislation expanded the types of services now subject to sales tax and amended certain excise taxes. The live call-in...

Tax time coming: KY Department of Revenue to begin accepting electronic and paper returns on January 29

Income tax season is just around the corner. The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is finalizing its processes and procedures, to make this the most efficient and safe filing season possible. The IRS will begin accepting both electronic and paper federal tax returns on Jan. 29. They will begin processing paper returns later in mid-February as IRS system updates continue. The IRS expects the earliest...

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....

State sets property valuation administrator examinations for 2018 PVA candidates for Nov. 17

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) announced pre-registration for the certification exam is now open to prospective 2018 candidates for the office of Property Valuation Administrator (PVA). The exam will be given on Nov. 17, 2017, in Frankfort, at a location to be determined later. To insure adequate seating is available, the department is requesting that participants pre-register for the exam....

State Revenue Department says Kentucky taxpayers are getting refunds quicker than expected

Kentucky taxpayers who have submitted their individual tax returns and are expecting a refund will not have to wait any longer for processing. Kentucky Department of Revenue’s (DOR) tax return testing and processing was completed earlier than planned and refund checks are being processed now, nearly a week before the original Feb. 15 date. “The Kentucky Department of Revenue’s number one priority...

Department of Revenue holds state property tax rate steady; Bevin proclaims General Aviation Month

The Kentucky Department of Revenue has set the 2016 State Real Property Tax Rate at 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value. Kentucky Revised Statute 132.020 requires the Department of Revenue to set the real property rate no later than July 1 of each year. This rate is based on the revenue generated from the increase in taxable real property assessments from 2015 to 2016 as calculated after meeting...

State Revenue Department warns taxpayers to watch for scams as filing deadline looms

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) reminds taxpayers that they have until midnight Monday, April 18 to file their state and federal taxes because federal offices are closed in Washington, D.C. for the Emancipation Day holiday on April 15. With the impending deadline, the department and the IRS are also warning taxpayers that email phishing and phone scam tactics may increase and catch some taxpayers...

Kentucky Department of Revenue caught up on tax refund backlog, extends call center hours

The Department of Revenue has caught up processing the backlog of tax refund requests and has implemented longer call center hours to assist taxpayers. The slowdown was attributed to increased identity theft and fraudulent claims, which caused the department to put in additional security features in light of recent high profile data breaches. To date, the department has received nearly 800,000 returns...

Enhanced security and fraud tools may result in delays in getting state tax refunds back

Because of enhanced security features and fraud analysis tools, the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is estimating that refunds may take a bit longer to process this year—up to 21 days for electronic filers if their return is error free. “While electronic filing is the fastest way to get refunds, the department wants Kentucky taxpayers to be aware that refunds may not be processed as quickly...

Revenue department urges Kentucky taxpayers to make effort to safeguard social security number

As part of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is joining other state and federal officials to remind Kentucky taxpayers to safeguard their social security numbers and other personal information. “The Department continues to enhance its processes to identify fraudulent returns,” said Daniel Bork, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Revenue. “We also...

State temporarily holding electronic returns because of fraudulent filing through TurboTax

Fraudulently filed tax returns through TurboTax has Kentucky and other states putting a temporary hold on processing all electronic returns. The Kentucky Department of Revenue anticipates just a few additional days to the refund process, with the goal of returning to normal processing late next week.   “We have strong internal controls to protect Kentucky taxpayer data and personal information,”...

New online program lets Kentuckians
track status of 2012 income tax refunds

As the April 15 income tax filing deadline nears, the Kentucky Department of Revenue reminds citizens about a new online program available. “Where’s My Refund,” an online resource allows taxpayers to check the status of their 2012 individual income tax refund.   Taxpayers can log on to www.revenue.ky.gov and click on “Where’s My Refund” to obtain the most current and up-to-date...