State Collects Nearly $35 Million More Than Last Year
Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced that the Department of Revenue has significantly increased its collection of past due taxes during the first year of his administration.
Since January 2004, the department has collected $127,306,279 in delinquent taxes, an increase of $34.9 million over January-November 2003 collections. These dollars are included in the regular revenue stream and have been incorporated into revised budget estimates.
“I am very pleased with the work that Secretary Rudolph and the Department of Revenue have done to significantly increase the collection of delinquent taxes owed to the commonwealth,” Governor Fletcher said. “My administration has placed an increased emphasis on the need to collect what is owed to the state as opposed to increasing the load on those law abiding taxpayers who are already paying their share.”
“The Department of Revenue is charged with administering the laws of this commonwealth as they relate to revenue and taxation, one of which is the collection of delinquent taxes,” Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Robbie Rudolph said. “We take this charge very seriously and have aggressively worked to increase our collections so far this year by 37.8 percent primarily through process improvements, collections staff increases, training and enhanced automation.”
Later this month, the department will begin posting the top 200 most delinquent taxpayers on its Web site; 100 individuals and 100 businesses. This listing will include the name, address and amount of past due taxes. Over time, this list may be expanded to include a larger number of delinquent taxpayers, both individual and corporate.
Individuals and businesses who believe they may owe past due taxes and wish to keep their names off the delinquent taxpayer Web site should contact the Department of Revenue at 502/564-4921, ext. 5367.