Secretary of State
Grimes Introduces New Uniform Occupational License Tax Form Ahead of 2017 Deadline

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 18, 2015  
Contact Information:  Bradford Queen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today unveiled a new uniform occupational license tax form for the use of entities doing business in Kentucky single tax districts. Grimes made the announcement ahead of the 2017 deadline set for its release at a presentation to county and local officials at Kentucky Association of Counties’ annual conference. A uniform form for multi-tax districts is in production and will be released in the coming months.


“Cutting red tape and streamlining business’ interactions with state government has been one of my top priorities as Secretary of State,” Grimes said. “The new uniform forms will greatly reduce time and effort businesses must spend to file and pay occupational license taxes in Kentucky.”


Until July 1, 2017, taxing districts may choose to accept the new form or may require that its own forms be submitted. On that date, each district must accept the uniform forms.


In 2013, Grimes launched an online database of occupational license tax forms for each of the taxing districts. Each district has its own forms and no single repository of forms existed. Businesses operating in more than one taxing jurisdiction are required to obtain the correct forms for each jurisdiction and then complete and file multiple documents, which in some instances cost more than the tax liability itself.


“Centralizing occupational license tax filings was the best way to help Kentucky businesses – new and old – combat this issue,” said Grimes. “Now, businesses will be able to use the new uniform forms to easily file these taxes in every taxing district in the Commonwealth.”


Businesses may find the new form and each district’s current forms on Kentucky Business One Stop Portal at




Grimes has actively worked to ease tax filing procedures for Kentucky businesses.


·         “The Secretary of State’s office is obtaining copies of the occupational license tax return forms for Kentucky businesses used by each of the more than 200 taxing districts in Kentucky. ... The forms will be available on the Secretary of State’s website, saving businesses time and money often spent gathering returns from each district in which they operate.” [The Lane Report, 7/17/2012]


·         Kentucky Local Occupational License Tax Documents Now Online [Paytech Magazine, 10/2013]


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