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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Revenue administers the racing taxes for the Commonwealth (KRS 138.510 – 138.550).

Imposed on all tracks conducting pari-mutuel wagering on live racing, telephone account wagering, intertrack wagering, simulcasts and interstate wagering under the jurisdiction of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Wagers at Receiving Tracks or Telephone Account Wagers or Whole Card Simulcast – 3% of money wagered if total anticipated annual live racing handle is more than $250,000

Due Date– no later than the fifth business day (excluding Saturday and Sunday) following the close of each race week.  Race week will begin on Monday and end on Sunday.

Admissions Tax - (KRS 138.480 – 138.490)

Race tracks are required to collect from each person entering the race track on paid or free admission for all race meetings except county fairs conducting harness racing. (Excludes: employees of the race track, owners or trainers of horses, jockeys, or their employees)

  • Tax Rate – 15 cents for each admission
  • Due Date – within 30 days of the end of each race meet

License Tax - (KRS 137.170 – 137.190)

Race tracks conducting live horse races must report and pay a license tax for each day of racing based on the average daily handle of the preceding race year.

Tax Rate

Due Date - within 30 days at the close of each race meet

Tracks must file an annual report due by December 31 of each year giving a summary of the average daily handle of the race year concluded on the immediate preceding November 30 and pay any additional license tax due.

Historical Horse Racing - (KRS 138.510)

  • Tax Rate - 1.5% of all money wagered on historical horse races
  • Due Date - The report must be filed no later than the fifth business day (excluding Saturday and Sunday) following the close of each race week. A race week will begin on Monday and end on Sunday.

Advanced Deposit Wagering - (KRS 138.513)

  • Tax Rate - 0.5% on all amounts wagered by Kentucky residents through the licensees of ADW
  • Due Date - Returns are due the first business day of the week next succeeding the week during which the wagers forming the base of the tax were received. A race week will begin on Monday and end on Sunday.
Average Daily Live HandleLicense Tax
$0 - $25,000$0
$25,0001 - $250,000$175
$250,001 - $450,000$500
$450,001 - $700,000$1,000
$700,001 - $800,000$1,500
$800,001 - $900,000$2,000
$900,001 and above$2,500
Average Daily Live HandleExcise Tax
Less than $1,200,0001.5%
Less than $1,200,000 (conducting harness racing)1.75%
$1,200,000 or more3.5%
$1,200,000 or more (conducting harness racing)3.75%

​E​quine Breeders Supplementary Schedule

​Form 51A132 can now be completed online.​

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Pay Pari-mutuel Tax

Mail a check or money order made payable to "KY State Treasurer" to
     KY Department of Revenue
     Frankfort, KY 40619

For Simulcast Facility Allocation, mail a copy of the report and a check made payable to "KY Horse Racing Commission" to
     KY Horse Racing Commission
     4063 Iron Works Parkway
     Lexington, KY 40511

All tax payment and e-file options

Excise Tax

The Kentucky Department of Revenue conducts work
under the authority of the Finance and Administration Cabinet.