Kentucky Sales Tax

On this page you will find handy sales and use tax information about Kentucky.

How to use this page:

We’ve pulled in the information from all our Charts for a consolidated view by state.  Here you can see the sales tax rates and if the state has remote seller nexus rules. You can also see any sales tax holidays or amnesty programs that may exist, though these do not apply to all states.

Below the chart you can find any News & Tip item we have published that relates to Kentucky that you can filter by topic. This will help you get informed on current and past legislation that has passed in the state.

State Rate


Range of Local Rates


Local Rates Apply to Use Tax



7/1/2013 – repealed effective 7/1/2019


10/1/2018 – see state notice and FAQ page





Amnesty Filing Dates

October 1, 2012 - November 30, 2012

Go to Kentucky Amnesty Page

Taxable periods ending or transactions occurring after December 1, 2001 and prior to October 1, 2011.


All taxes, penalties, fees, or interest subject to the administrative jurisdiction of the department, with the exception of the following: ad valorem taxes levied on real property pursuant, ad valorem taxes on motor vehicles and motorboats collected by the county clerks, ad valorem taxes on personal property levied pursuant to KRS Ch. 132 that are payable to local officials, and any penalties imposed under KRS 131.630 or 138.205 (pertaining to cigarettes).


Penalties and 50% of interest waived.



Amnesty Filing Dates

June 4, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Go to Kentucky Amnesty Page

Taxes assessed and under protest as of January 19, 2010.


Any taxes that have been assessed; all payments are considered final and not subject to refund or recovery.


Interest and penalties waived.



Amnesty Filing Dates

Go to Kentucky Amnesty Page

Tax periods ending on or after October 1, 2011 but prior to December 1, 2021


All taxes administered by the Department of Revenue; also includes certain federal obligations referred to the DOR for collection


Penalties waived and 50% interest waived

Administration Information
Streamlined Sales Tax Status

Full Member


1 Sales Tax Jurisdiction



Sales Tax Sourcing (Intrastate)


Sales Tax Return Due Date

The 20th of the month following the reporting period

Exemption Information

Kentucky Resale Certificate


Types of exemptions: resale, manufacturing, solid waste recycling, energy, security lighting products, newspaper production, groceries, prescription drugs


Entity types of exemptions: qualifying non-profit, educational, charitable, religious historical sites, cemeteries and federal, state and local government agencies


Kentucky Exemption Certificate Forms

State Links
History & Fun Facts

  • The law governing Kentucky sales and use tax was originally enacted in 1959 to fund bonuses for veterans.
  • Kentucky became a full member of Streamlined Sales Tax on October 1, 2005.
  • Kentucky only imposes sales tax at the state level. Local jurisdictions do not impose sales tax.

  • All receipts collected from sales and use tax on fees paid for breeding a stallion to a mare are deposited into a fund administered by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. From there, 80 percent of the receipts go into the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeder’s Incentive Fund. When breeders register an unborn foal with the Fund, it allows the breeder of record to win cash awards in races throughout the U.S. and the world. The Fund administered over $14 million in awards in 2018 to breeders for races won.

Key Sales Tax Updates Affecting the Mid-Atlantic

To help those with business operations in the Mid-Atlantic or those who make sales into Mid-Atlantic states keep up, we’re putting a magnifying glass on some of the key recent sales tax changes.

Kentucky Releases Detailed Guidance on the Applicability of Upcoming Changes to Taxable Services for Impacted Industries

Following the passage of House Bill 8 this spring, as of January 1st, 2023, many services that were not subject to sales tax in Kentucky will become taxable.

Streamlined Sales Tax Member States Submit New Certificates of Compliance and Update Tax Administration and Taxability Matrices for 2022

All Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement member states have now submitted their 2022 updated certificates of compliance, tax administration practice matrices, and updated library of definitions.

Kentucky Provides Emergency Amnesty Program

Kentucky is providing an amnesty program for all taxes administered by the Department of Revenue; it also includes certain federal obligations referred to the DOR for collection.

State Notices & Resources for Remote Sellers

Use this state by state guide to find each state\’s initial guidance on how to proceed post-Wayfair, state resources such as FAQs, and any state activity such as going through a legislative process that impacts remote sellers.

Economic Nexus State by State Chart

Key information such as effective dates, thresholds, and includable sales for out-of-state sellers making sales into states that have enacted economic nexus legislation both before and after the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision.

Kentucky Enacts Manufacturing Electricity Exemption for Mining of Cryptocurrency

On July 1, 2021, the state of Kentucky enacted a new sales tax exemption for electricity that is used or consumed in the commercial mining of cryptocurrency.

Kentucky Amends Remote Seller and Marketplace Facilitator Registration Requirements

Remote sellers and marketplace facilitators are now required to register and collect tax no later than the first day of the month that is at the most 60 days after an economic nexus threshold is met.

Kentucky Enacts Marketplace Nexus Provisions

Kentucky has enacted legislation that affects marketplace providers that exceed the state’s economic nexus threshold, effective July 1, 2019.

Kentucky Enacts Economic Nexus Legislation

The Kentucky Legislature has enacted legislation containing economic nexus provisions that become effective July 1, 2018.

Manufacturing Exemptions Do Not Apply to Block Chain in Kentucky

Kentucky has stated that the state’s sales and use tax exemptions for traditional manufacturing do not apply to block chain production.

Sellers May Be Contacted About Other Taxes Under New Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board Rule

Sellers registered through SSTP may be contacted about other taxes in the member states where they register with the SSTP.

Video Streaming Services Subject to Tax in Kentucky

Effective July 1, 2019, video streaming services are subject to Kentucky excise tax and gross receipts taxes as taxable “multichannel video programming services.”

Kentucky Enacts Exemption for Specified Services if Certain Conditions Are Met

Kentucky has enacted legislation that exempts specified services from taxation if one of the following conditions is met:

October 1, 2018 Remote Seller Deadline for Multiple States

The October 1, 2018 remote seller compliance deadline is approaching for a number of states. Click on the links below for our previous news items with more details. Alabama Enacts Economic Nexus Provision Illinois Enacts Economic Nexus Legislation Indiana Enacts…

House Introduces Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act of 2018

On September 13, 2018, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and additional U.S. House members introduced the Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act of 2018.

Remote Seller Resources

Comprehensive list of resources for remote sellers following the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision – including state notices, videos, articles, training opportunities, and more.

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision In South Dakota v. Wayfair

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the South Dakota v. Wayfair case, ruling in favor of South Dakota and overturning Quill’s physical presence rule.

South Dakota v. Wayfair Analysis & Predictions: Sales Tax Experts Weigh-In

Sales tax experts lend their insight into and predictions for one of the most important U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding sales tax in decades, South Dakota v. Wayfair.

Kentucky Makes Changes to Definition of Prewritten Computer Software

Kentucky has enacted legislation that makes changes to the state’s sales and use tax definition of “prewritten computer software.”

Kentucky Modifies Manufacturing Exemptions for Energy-Producing Fuels and Tangible Personal Property

Kentucky has enacted legislation that modifies the state’s sales and use tax manufacturing exemptions for energy-producing fuels and tangible personal property.

Kentucky Expands Sales Tax Base to Include Specified Services

Effective July 1, 2018, Kentucky has expanded its sales tax base to subject specified services to sales tax.

Multistate Tax Commission Updates Its Uniform Sales & Use Tax Exemption Certificate

The Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) revised its Multijurisdictional Uniform Sales & Use Tax Exemption/Resale Certificate on January 22, 2018 to reflect two state changes.

Record Number of Sellers Participate in 2017 MTC Amnesty Program

The volume of applicants for the 2017 online marketplace seller tax amnesty program overwhelmed the Multistate Tax Commission.