Kentucky

The facts on Kentucky’s Tax Climate

Kentucky's Individual Income Tax System
Kentucky's personal income tax system consists of six brackets and a top rate of 6%. That rate ranks 22nd highest among states levying an individual income tax. Kentucky's state and local income tax collections per person were $1033 in 2011 which ranked 15th highest nationally.
50-State Table of Individual Income Tax Rates
50-State Table of State Individual Income Tax Collections
50-State Table of State and Local Individual Income Tax Collections Per Capita

Kentucky's Corporate Income Tax System
Kentucky's corporate income tax system consists of three brackets and a top rate of 6%. That rate ranks 14th lowest among states levying a corporate income tax. Kentucky's state and local corporate income tax collections per person were $144 in 2011 which ranked 18th highest nationally.
50-State Table of Corporate Income Tax Rates
50-State Table of State and Local Corporate Income Tax Collections Per Capita
50-State Table of State Corporate Income Tax Collections Per Capita

Kentucky Sales and Excise Taxes
Kentucky levies a 6% general sales or use tax on consumers, which is above the national median of 5.95%. Kentucky's state and local governments collect $665 per person in general sales taxes and $590 per person in excise taxes, for a combined figure of $1255, which ranks 14th lowest nationally. Kentucky's gasoline tax stands at 30.8¢ (18th highest nationally), while its cigarette tax stands at $0.6 (12th lowest nationally.)
50-State Table of State and Local General and Selective Sales Tax Collections Per Capita

Kentucky Property Tax Collections Relatively Low
Kentucky's state and local governments collected approximately $689 per person in property taxes, which ranks 5th lowest nationally.
State and local property tax collections per capita by state

Tax Freedom Day Arrives on April 8th in Kentucky

Tax Freedom Day is the day when Americans finally have earned enough money to pay off their total tax bill for the year. In 2014, Kentucky taxpayers worked until April 8th (7th earliest nationally) to pay their total tax bill. The Tax Freedom Days of neighboring states are: Illinois, April 28th (ranked 7th latest nationally); Indiana, April 16th (ranked 24th latest nationally); Ohio, April 14th (ranked 23rd earliest nationally); West Virginia, April 10th (ranked 9th earliest nationally); Virginia, April 24th (ranked 11th latest nationally); Tennessee, April 5th (ranked 4th earliest nationally); and Missouri, April 11th (ranked 15th earliest nationally).

Kentucky's State and Local Tax Burden In Line with National Average

Kentucky's 2011 tax burden of 9.48% ranks 23rd highest out of 50 states, and is below the national average of 9.8%. Kentucky's taxpayers pay $3169 per capita in state and local taxes.
Kentucky's State-Local Tax Burden, 1977-Present
Other States' State/Local Tax Burdens
Map of U.S. Showing all State's Burdens and Ranks
Historical Chart Comparing All States' State/Local Tax Burdens from 1977 to 2009

Kentucky's 2014 Business Tax Climate Index Ranks 27

Kentucky ranks 27th in the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that impact business: corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, and taxes on property, including residential and commercial property. The ranks of neighboring states are as follows: Illinois, 31st, Indiana, 10th, Ohio, 39th, West Virginia, 23rd, Virginia, 26th, Tennessee, 15th, and Missouri, 16th.
50-State Comparison of Business Tax Climates (data only) (2013)
2014 State Business Tax Climate Index (full study)

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