Kentucky State Tax Refund Information

Kentucky tax refunds may be mailed or direct deposited.
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Kentucky taxes all income earned in the state. Residents use the state’s Form 740 or 740-EZ, while partial-year residents and non-residents use Form 740-NP. If your tax return was submitted correctly and didn't give the state tax people any problems, you'll get the money within the wait times set that year by Kentucky’s Department of Revenue. The department is a phone call away if you need help finding a missing refund or to fix a filing.

Filing the Return

You can find the Kentucky tax return forms on the state’s Department of Revenue website at Mail a request for the tax forms to FORMS, Kentucky Department of Revenue, Frankfort, KY 40620, or call the department at 502-564-3658. If you're expecting a refund, and you're not filing electronically, mail the return to Kentucky Department of Revenue, Frankfort, KY 40618-0006. If you owe, mail that return to the Kentucky Department of Revenue, Frankfort, KY 40619-0008.

Processing Time

According to the Kentucky Department of Revenue, an error-free return should get processed in seven to 10 days. If there are problems, expand that wait time to about eight to 12 weeks. Your amended return or one filed for a prior tax year will take 150 to 180 days to finish up. You can call 502-564-1600 to check the status of any current refunds. Have a copy of your return handy since they'll ask you for information from the form before telling you anything about your refund. You'll also need a copy of Kentucky Form 8879-K with your bank routing and account numbers.


Your refund can be intercepted if you owe money to a Kentucky state agency. The state will pay off debts like fines to the department of motor vehicles or back taxes, then send you what's left. Another problem could come up if your direct deposit fails. In most cases, the state will mail a paper check. If you need help, try the Kentucky’s Taxpayer Assistance line at 502-564-4581.

Joint Federal and State Filing

You can file your state and federal returns electronically at the same time in Kentucky. You have a problem if the IRS rejects your federal return since it will not forward your state return to Kentucky. Your Kentucky return will be in limbo until the federal return is corrected. At that point, you'll have to file both returns again.

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