Kentucky State Income Tax - Tax Year 2012
Kentucky Income Tax Table
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The Kentucky Income Tax
Kentucky collects a state income tax at a maximum marginal tax rate of 6.00%, spread across six tax brackets. Unlike the Federal Income Tax, Kentucky's state income tax does not provide couples filing jointly with expanded income tax brackets. There are a total of twenty one states with higher marginal income tax rates then Kentucky.
Like many other states, Kentucky effectively double bracket widths for married couples filing jointly. Special deductions allowed in Kentucky allow up to $41,110 of pension income to be excluded from taxation, and permit the deduction of certain insurance premiums and medicare payments (including COBRA payments and Medicare Type B).Tax Repayment Plans
If you cannot pay your Kentucky income tax debt in full, submit your tax return and a partial payment ON TIME and call the Kentucky Department of Revenue immediately at (502) 564-4921, extension 5354 to discuss a tax payment plan. Remember that an interest rate of two to four percent will likely compount on overdue tax payments, and additional penalties may exist.Important - Your Kentucky 1099G
If you receive a tax refund from Kentucky, you'll receive a Form 1099G listing your refund amount in time for the next tax year. You will need to report this income, and file the 1099 with your Federal tax return if you wish to itemize your refund as a deduction. There are -35 days left until Tax Day, on April 15th 2013.
Kentucky Tax Deductions
Income tax deductions are expenses that can be deducted from your gross pre-tax income. Using deductions is an excellent way to reduce your Kentucky income tax and maximize your refund, so be sure to research deductions that you mey be able to claim on your Federal and Kentucky tax returns. For details on specific deductions available in Kentucky, see the list of Kentucky income tax deductions.
- The Kentucky standard deduction is $2,290.00 for individuals and $2,290.00 for married couples filing jointly. The standard deduction may be chosen instead of filing an itemized deduction on your Kentucky tax return.
- Kentucky's personal income tax exemptions include a personal exemption of $20.00. You can deduct one single exemption from your gross income if you are responsible for supporting yourself financially.
- Kentucky has a dependent exemption of $20.00. You may claim one dependent examption for each of the children, relatives, or others who live with and are supported by you as described § 152 of the IRC (Internal Revenue Code).
- Kentucky allows itemized deductions, and you can claim the same itemized deductions on your Kentucky tax return as you do on your Federal tax return. You must choose between itemizing your deductions and choosing the Kentucky standard deduction, so it's generally only worth itemizing your deductions if your itemized total is more then the Kentucky and Federal standard deductions. For more details, visit the list of Kentucky itemized deductions.
Kentucky Income Tax Forms
How To File Your Kentucky Income Tax Return
Where To Send Your Kentucky Tax Return
Income tax Returns (Refund Owed)
Kentucky Department of Revenue
Frankfort, KY 40618-0006
Income Tax Returns (With Payment)
Kentucky Department of Revenue
Frankfort, KY 40618-0008
e-Filing: Submit Your Kentucky Tax Return Online
You can save time and money by electronically filing your Kentucky income tax directly with the Department of Revenue . Benefits of e-Filing your Kentucky tax return include instant submission, error checking, and faster refund response times. Most tax preparers can electronically file your return for you, or you can do it yourself using free or paid income tax software, like the examples listed below.
Kentucky supports both electronic filing and payments by phone. Free income tax efiling is available for may taxpayers through the Kentucky Free File Alliance, although some revenue restrictions do apply. Several programs offer free state and federal eFiling for individuals with an Adjusted Gross Income of under $31,000, or $57,000 or less for active military personnel. The Kentucky eFile system can handle all end-of-the-year tax return forms, but estimated tax returns must still be filed by mail.Benefits of eFiling Your Kentucky Return
Kentucky encourages all taxpayers to eFile their state taxes as it reduces paperwork on both sides and streamlines the tax collection process. To encourage more citizens to take advantage of eFile, Kentucky offers expedited refund processing for eFiled returns.How long will my Kentucky income tax return take to arrive?
If you eFiled your Kentucky income tax, you can expect your refund check within 10-14 days or your direct deposit in 7-14 days. If you file a paper return, you'll have to wait much longer - from 8 to 12 weeks on average. Errors in your tax return can increase the amount of time it takes to get your refund.
To check on your Kentucky tax refund, you can call the refund hotline at (502) 564-1600 (please note this number is not toll-free).
To e-file your Kentucky and Federal income tax returns, you need a piece of tax software that is certified for eFile by the IRS. While most in-depth tax software charges a fee, there are several free options available through the states, and simple versions are also offered free of charge by most tax software companies.
The two most popular tax software packages are H&R Block At Home, sold by the H&R Block tax preparation company, and TurboTax Federal & State, sold by the Intuit software company. Both companies produce multiple editions for simple to very complex tax returns, so be sure to carefully compare the features offered by each package.
Getting Your Kentucky Tax Refund
If your state tax witholdings are greater then the amount of income tax you owe the state of Kentucky, you will receive an income tax refund check from the government to make up the difference.
It should take one to three weeks for your refund check to be processed after your income tax return is recieved. E-filing your return and filing early can help ensure your refund check gets sent as quickly as possible.
Once you've filed your tax return, all you have to do is wait for your refund to arrive. If you want to check the status of your Kentucky tax refund, you can visit the Kentucky Department of Revenue Income Tax Refund page.
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- Our state ranking and income tax figures are based on a family of four (married parents with two children) earning the national median household income of $50,000 per year. Deductions and personal exemptions are taken into account, but some state-specific deductions and tax credit programs may not be accounted for.
- Before the official 2013 Kentucky income tax rates are released, provisional 2013 tax rates are based on Kentucky's 2012 income tax brackets.
- The 2013 state personal income tax brackets are updated from the Kentucky Department of Revenue and Tax Foundation data.
- Kentucky tax forms are sourced from the Kentucky Department of Revenue income tax forms page, and are updated on a yearly basis. Please make sure the Kentucky forms you are using are up-to-date.