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Kentucky Income Taxes and KY State Tax Forms

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Kentucky
"The Bluegrass State"

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Your Kentucky Income Tax Return

Efile.com makes it easy for you to e-file your state tax return (e.g resident, nonresident, or part-year resident returns). However, the IRS and the respective state tax agencies require you to e-file a federal income tax return at the same time you efile a state tax return. This is not an efile.com policy but an IRS and state agency policy. Many taxpayers have asked how they can only prepare and file a state income tax return. The efile.com tax application lets you prepare a state tax return only, however you cannot efile the state return upon completion. Instead, you will have to download the completed state tax return as a PDF file, print it, sign it, and mail it to the respective state - the address is on the PDF file. Find more detailed instructions on how to prepare and file a state only return on efile.com.

2018 Kentucky Income Tax Filing Deadlines

Deadline
Type of Filing
Description
April 15, 2019
Tax Return - efileIT*
Kentucky State Income Tax Return Due Date.
April 15, 2019
Tax Extension
Kentucky Extension. Details below.
October 15, 2019
Tax Return - efileIT*
Last day to efile a 2018 Kentucky State Income Tax Return for tax extension filers and late efilers.
Now
Requires an accepted 2018 or previous year Kentucky State Tax Return.
State Tax Returns
Select respective State Tax Return Deadlines.
Federal Tax Returns
IRS Tax Return Deadlines.

E-File These 2018 Kentucky State Tax Forms

Prepare and efile these state forms for 2018 in conjunction with your federal and state income tax return. As you proceed through the tax interview on efile.com, the application will select the correct state forms for you. You can also select tax forms individually. All these forms will then be e-filed by you to the state tax agency. Instructions on how to only prepare a state income tax return.

Form/Schedule
Description
efileIT Now*
Form 740
Individual Income Tax Return
Form 740-EZ
Individual Income Tax Return Single Persons With No Dependents
Form 740-NP
Individual Income Tax Return for Nonresident or Part-Year Resident
Employee's Withholding Exemption Certificate
Cannot be efiled


* Due to IRS and state tax agency tax data sharing and validation requirements, you can only e-file a state income tax return while also e-filing a federal income tax return. This is not an efile.com created policy, but all online tax web sites have to adhere to this IRS/state issued tax data sharing policy. Find out how to only prepare and file a state tax return. Only on efile.com can you prepare and efile unlimited state tax returns for one low price. Most other sites charge a per state price.

Kentucky efile Error Codes

If your Kentucky state return was rejected by the state and not efile.com, you will receive an error reject code. If you prepared and efiled your return on efile.com, we will provide you with an explanation of how to correct the error on your return. You may then resubmit your state return at no additional charge until it is accepted by the state. View a list of all Kentucky State efile Income Tax Return Error Reject Codes.

How To File a Kentucky Tax Extension

If you are certain that you cannot file your Kentucky return by the deadline, complete and file Form 740EXT. You will receive a 6-month extension of time to file your return (not to pay). The extended tax return due date is October 15, 2019. However, if you have already filed a federal tax extension, you do not have to file a separate state extension form. Attach a copy of your federal extension to your state return to receive a tax return filing extension for your state return.

If you expect to owe income taxes, you must pay at least 75% of your tax payment owed with the Extension Payment Voucher below the KY extension form by April 15, 2019 to avoid interest and late payment charges. If the amount paid is less than 75%, you may be charged a late payment penalty of at least $10. An annual 6% interest rate applies to any taxes paid after April 15, 2019. If you efiled your return and are making a payment by check or money order, you must complete the extension payment voucher on efile.com. If you are making a payment by credit card, the voucher is not needed. If you are making an automatic extension payment, you also must use the voucher unless it is made electronically. Use efile.com and prepare a Kentucky tax return to find out what your Kentucky state income tax payment will be.

Important: Do you need to prepare and e-file an IRS or federal tax extension as well?

KY Tax Amendment

Kentucky state tax amendments cannot be efiled; they must be filed by mail. Learn how to amend a Kentucky state tax return.

Important Reminder! If you are filing a Kentucky tax amendment, you may need to file a federal tax amendment as well.

2017 Tax Year Kentucky Tax Forms

Kentucky state tax forms for previous Tax Years cannot be prepared and e-filed during the current tax season. You will need to print, fill out, and mail the forms to the Kentucky Department of Revenue.

Form/Schedule
Description
Individual Income Tax Return
Individual Income Tax Return Single Persons With No Dependents
Individual Income Tax Return for Nonresident or Part-Year Resident

2016 Tax Year Kentucky Tax Forms

Kentucky state tax forms for previous Tax Years cannot be prepared and e-filed during the current tax season. You will need to print, fill out, and mail the forms to the Kentucky Department of Revenue.

Form/Schedule
Description
Individual Income Tax Return
Individual Income Tax Return Single Persons With No Dependents
Individual Income Tax Return for Nonresident or Part-Year Resident

Kentucky Tax Facts

KY Income Tax

Kentucky has a flat 5% tax rate. 

KY Sales Tax

Kentucky has a sales tax rate of 6%. There is also a 6% use tax rate for those who make out-of-state purchases for consumption, storage, or use in the state.

More information on Kentucky Sales Tax

KY Personal Property Tax

Personal property tax rates vary based on county. It is levied on the fair cash value of all personal property unless a specific exemption exists in the state Constitution or the KY General Assembly has granted it.

For homeowners who are either 65 years of age or older or deemed completely disabled, there is a Kentucky homestead exemption available.

Odd Tax Facts for Kentucky

  1. At $3.30 per gallon, Kentucky has the highest wine tax.
  2. A 6% motor vehicle usage tax is collected on every motor vehicle used in the state. A county clerk or officer collects the tax when
  • The vehicle is required to be registered at the time of ownership transfer OR
  • A vehicle is offered for 1st time registration in Kentucky.

Motor vehicle owners will receive license tags once they pay the usage tax.

Kentucky State Tax Agency Contacts

You can contact the Kentucky Department of Revenue at (502) 564-4581.

For more information on Kentucky state income taxes, you can visit the website of The Kentucky Department of Revenue.

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