Kentucky: Sales Tax Handbook
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2018 Kentucky Sales Tax Handbook
Kentucky Table of Contents
- List of Local Sales Tax Rates
- Sales Tax Calculator
- Sales Tax Exemption Certificates
- Sales Tax Info For Businessowners
- Taxable vs. Non-Taxable Purchases
- Sales Tax on Cars & Vehicles
- More Information
Kentucky's Sales Tax By The Numbers:
Kentucky has a higher-than-average state sales tax rate, but the actual sales tax rates in most Kentucky cities are lower than average when compared to states that allow localities to collect sales taxes (Kentucky does not).
Rankings by Average State + Local Sales Tax:
Ranked 35th highest by combined state + local sales tax
Ranked 41st highest by per capita revenue from state + local sales taxes ($698 per capita)
Rankings by State Sales Tax Only:
Ranked 8th highest by state sales tax rate
Ranked 31st highest by per capita revenue from the statewide sales tax ($689 per capita)
Printable PDF Kentucky Sales Tax Datasheet
Kentucky has a statewide sales tax rate of 6.00%, which has been in place since 1960.
Unlike many other states, Kentucky doesn't allow municipal governments to collect a local option sales tax. Therefore, sales tax rates will be the same across the entire state.
This page provides an overview of the sales tax rates and laws in Kentucky. If you are a business owner and need to learn more about things like getting a sales tax permit, filing a sales tax return, or making tax-exempt purchases for resale see the Kentucky Sales Tax Handbook's Table of Contents above.
What is exempt from sales taxes in Kentucky?
Many states have special sales tax rates that apply to the purchase of certain types of goods, or fully exempt them from the sales tax altogether. Here's how Kentucky taxes five types of commonly-exempted goods:
For more details on what types of goods are specifically exempt from the Kentucky sales tax see Kentucky sales tax exemptions. To learn more about what types of transactions are subject to the sales tax to begin with, see what purchases are taxable in Kentucky? Taxation of vehicle purchases in particular are discussed in the page about Kentucky's sales tax on cars.
Are services subject to sales tax in Kentucky?
"Goods" refers to the sale of tangible personal property, which are generally taxable. "Services" refers to the sale of labor or a non-tangible benefit. In Kentucky, services are generally not taxable.
About the Kentucky Sales Tax
The state of Kentucky has very simple sales tax rate, with no local sales and use taxes. Alcoholic beverages, which were previously exempt from the state sales tax. are now taxable.
Is the Kentucky Sales Tax Destination-Based or Origin-Based?
Kentucky is a destination-based sales tax state, which means that sales tax rates are determined by the location of the buyer when the transaction is completed. This means that, for orders placed via the internet/mail by a customer within Kentucky from a Kentucky vendor, the vendor must collect a sales tax rate applicable at the buyer's address (including any applicable local sales taxes). This can significantly increase the complication of filing your sales tax return, because different sales tax rates must be charged to different buyers based on their location.
Is Kentucky a Streamlined Sales Tax State?
Kentucky is a member of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, which means that the Kentucky Department of Revenue has taken significant steps to simplify Kentucky's sales tax rules and administration process.
Contact the Kentucky Department of Revenue
The Kentucky Sales Tax is administered by the Kentucky Department of Revenue. You can learn more by visiting the sales tax information website at revenue.ky.gov.
Phone numbers for the Sales Tax division of the Department of Revenue are as follows:
- Local Phone: (502) 564-3226
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