Quick facts: 

-Kentucky has statewide sales tax, but no local sales tax.

-Kentucky has a Gross Receipts tax called LLET on most businesses


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State Income Taxes in Kentucky

The state of Kentucky is one of few states with a flat individual income tax. Kentucky’s individual tax rate is 5.00% of Federal AGI (adjusted gross income).

Local & City Income Tax – Similar to Ohio, Kentucky also has Local & City income tax rates in addition to the 5.00% state tax rate. The Local & City tax rates range from nothing to 2.50% depending on the jurisdiction (the average rate is 1.39%).

State Business Taxes in Kentucky

Similar to Colorado, the state of Kentucky has the same tax rate for both individual and corporate taxes, which is 5.00%

In addition to a Corporate income tax, the State of Kentucky has a Gross Receipts tax commonly referred to as LLET (Limited Liability Entity Tax). The tax is subject to C Corps, S Corps, LLCs, LPs, and LLP. The minimum LLET tax is $175 for business with less than $3M in gross receipts.

If you are a C Corporation, you may get a tax credit on your Corporate taxes for anything you paid over $175 in LLET tax.

Sales Taxes in Kentucky

Unlike most states, Kentucky only has a state sales tax rate (no local rate.) The state sales tax rate is 6.00%.

Property Taxes in Kentucky

The average property tax rate for residential property in the state of Kentucky is 0.86%, which is slightly below the country’s average rate of 1.05%.

Inheritance Tax in Kentucky

Kentucky is one of only 6 states in the country that has an inheritance tax. Fortunately, Kentucky’s inheritance tax does not affect lineal heirs. Learn more at the Kentucky Dept of Revenue website – click here.

Unemployment taxes in Kentucky

Unemployment taxes usually consist of three factors. They are the wage base, range of rates, number of schedules. Below is an outline of the three:

  • Wage Base – Kentucky has a wage base of $10,500 for 2020
  • UI Rates – range from 0.30% to 9.00%
  • Schedules – Kentucky has multiple rate schedules regarding UI rates

Kentucky Business Entities - LLCs

Kentucky is inexpensive to to set up your LLC. Here are some important facts:

  • Kentucky’s annual LLC fee is only $15.
  • When you register with the state, you pay a one time fee of $40
  • Secretary of State of Kentucky website – click here
  • If you would like help setting up your LLC, we recommend using They are simple and easy to use.

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