Doing Business in Kentucky
For general information about starting or operating a business in the Commonwealth, visit the Kentucky One Stop Business Portal.
WARNING . . . Please be aware of IRS Telephone Scam
Alert: New Phishing Scam
The IRS has learned of a new phishing scam in which taxpayers receive e-mails purporting to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service and bearing the IRS logo. The e-mail contains a bogus case number and says: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”
The email contains a link where the recipient can find contact information for the “advocate” assigned to their case; when the recipient clicks on the link, personal information, such as the recipient’s legal name and contact information, is solicited. There’s also a link to review “your reported income,” that again solicits this kind of personal information.
If you get inquiries from constituents about these messages, please tell them NOT to click on the link and to forward the e-mail to the IRS’s designated address for suspicious/scam e-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Refund Status
Check the status of your 2013 income tax refund.
E-File & E-Payment Options.
E-FILE: Your Best Option
The Kentucky Department of Revenue in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accepts the Kentucky Individual Income Tax Return for Full-Year Residents (Form 740), Kentucky Individual Income Tax Return for Nonresidents and Part-Year Residents (Form 740-NP) and their supporting forms and schedules by method of the Modernized E-File system (MeF).
The Department of Revenue strongly encourages Kentucky taxpayers to take advantage of the benefits of electronically filing their tax returns. Last year, approximately 80 percent of Kentucky taxpayers opted for the safest, fastest and easiest way to submit their individual tax returns via electronic filing. Returns filed through MeF are typically received and acknowledged within a few hours from the time the taxpayer submits the return for filing.
Kentucky typically processes refunds from returns filed via MeF in 7 to 10 working days. By comparison, filing via a paper return results in an average of 8 to 10 weeks to process and issue refunds.
Filing the Form 740 electronically enables the taxpayer to deposit their refund directly into their financial institution account.
Electronic filing of the Form 740 or Form 740-NP enables the taxpayer to take advantage of debiting the tax due amount from their financial institution. New for 2014, the taxpayer may schedule the debit of estimate tax payments at the time of filing their Form 740 and Form 740-NP.
Your debit request will not be processed prior to the date specified when your return is filed. It could take up to 2 weeks after that date before your account is debited. All debit payments are considered received on the date the debit was requested even though there is a delay when withdrawn from your bank account.
If you select April 15th as your debit date, your payment will be treated as timely even though it is not withdrawn from your account on that day.
You may qualify to file your federal and state individual income tax returns for Free. See the Free Electronic Filing informaiton below. Please review each offer carefully to see if you qualify.
NEW: Effective May 6, 2014, the Form 720 and corresponding forms/schedules may be filed electronically through MeF. The Form 720 is the Kentucky Corporation Income Tax and LLET Return. Direct debit of tax due will be an option for the electronically filed Form 720.
To determine what forms are supported by your software, please check with the company that develops your software.
2014 Tax Reform Proposal
Gov. Beshear's Tax Reform Commission
The Tax Reform Proposal by Gov. Steve Beshear
A Presentation to House Appropriations and Revenue
February 11, 2014
by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson
Free Electronic Filing
The Kentucky Department of Revenue has again partnered with the tax software community to provide free electronic filing of your 2013 federal and Kentucky returns.
The Kentucky Free File Alliance is an agreement between the Kentucky Department of Revenue and several software companies to provide free online services for qualified Kentucky taxpayers. Any software company may participate in the alliance. Each company determines its own free filing offer. Click on the Free File Alliance icon to view Kentucky Free File Alliance partners.
Disaster Relief Sales and Use Tax Legislation
County Information links to an interactive map that directs you to each of Kentucky's 120 counties. Find address, phone, fax, email & Web site information on each county's PVA, Sheriff, Clerk, Attorney and Judge Executive.