Residents and visitors to Kentucky paid $12.1 billion in taxes in 2018


Kentucky collected $12.1 billion in taxes in 2018, a 1.3 percent increase from the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections (STC).

Most tax revenue came from sales and gross receipts taxes ($5.7 billion) and income taxes ($5 billion).

The STC survey includes five broad tax categories and up to 25 subcategories. Data is gathered from all 50 state governments and all dependent state-level entities.

The Census Bureau cautions that it sets the tax classifications among the survey categories, and they may differ from the classifications set by the state governments.

Below is a breakdown of how taxes were classified by the bureau and how much was collected.

2018 Kentucky Tax Collections
Type of Tax
Amount
Property taxes
$660,902,000
Sales and gross receipts taxes
$5,714,427,000
License taxes
$499,502,000
Income taxes
$5,010,439,000
Other taxes
$174,700,000
General sales and gross receipts taxes
$3,600,598,000
Selective sales and gross receipts taxes
$2,113,829,000
Alcoholic beverages sales tax
$145,648,000
Amusements sales tax
$196,000
Insurance premiums sales tax
$165,161,000
Motor fuels sales tax
$702,651,000
Pari-mutuels sales tax
$7,704,000
Public utilities sales tax
$61,126,000
Tobacco products sales tax
$228,749,000
Other selective sales and gross receipts taxes
$802,594,000
Alcoholic beverages license
$6,801,000
Amusements license
$279,000
Corporations in general license
$115,618,000
Hunting and fishing license
$30,531,000
Motor vehicle license
$211,646,000
Motor vehicle operators license
$16,795,000
Public utilities license
$0
Occupation and business license, nec
$112,292,000
Other license taxes
$5,540,000
Individual income taxes
$4,499,086,000
Corporations net income taxes
$511,353,000
Death and gift taxes
$48,248,000
Documentary and stock transfer taxes
$3,480,000
Severance taxes
$122,972,000
Taxes, nec
$0

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