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DOR Suspends All Enforced Collection Action

(April 15, 2020)  At the direction of Governor Andy Beshear, the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) has suspended all enforced collection action due to the COVID-19 emergency.  During this time, some taxpayers may receive a "Final Notice Before Seizure" letter encouraging them to pay their debt within 60 days.  These letters are system generated and go out automatically. 

While the department is not actively enforcing debt collection during the state of emergency, taxpayers are encouraged to call about their debt.  If you are unable to pay due to circumstances related to COVID-19, we will notate this in your case.  If you are able to make a payment , the department will work with you to make these arrangements. Either way, no enforced collection action will occur at this time.  

Please visit DOR's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page to learn more about how the COVID-19 emergency is affecting state taxes.

As part of the Collection Activity Procedure you may receive telephone calls about the debt/return you owe. In addition to the Notice of Tax Due sent, the division will send several letters to you about the debt/return owed. ​​​If you receive a notice that you owe money to the Department of Revenue, it is extremely important to contact us immediately to avoid collection actions.

​Actions taken may include the following:

  • Sending a certified Final Notice Before Seizure Letter
  • Filing a tax lien against your property in the county where the property resides. A tax lien is the public notice of debt that attaches to your property and your rights to property. Once filed, it is public record and could harm your credit rating.
  • Levying your wages, bank account or other contractual payments. Certain income, such as Social Security or disability payment, is protected from levying.
  • Offsetting of your state or federal income tax refund may occur.
  • Offsetting of your state or federal vendor payment may occur.
  • Requesting an injunction​ from the courts preventing your business from operating.

Collection actions may include any or all of the following:

​​​Don’t ignore your debt. The Department of Revenue will always attempt to work with you in order to pay your debt but you must contact us. If you don't make acceptable payment arrangements and/or don’t make the payments you agreed to, the Department of Revenue will take action to collect the money you owe.

Safeguarding your tax information is our number one priority and we will not talk to anyone besides you unless given permission. If you want someone else to call us on your behalf, an accountant, for example, you need to submit a​ Federal Form 2848​.

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