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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Tax Amnesty Campaign Brings 10,000 Into Compliance

Tuesday June 7, 2005

Louisville Metro Government’s tax-amnesty program brought more than 10,000 residents and businesses into compliance with local tax laws, Mayor Jerry Abramson said at a news conference today.
“The campaign was a success in every regard,” Abramson said.

The 65-day tax amnesty program, which ended May 31, offered the opportunity for persons owing back occupational license fees to pay what they owe without penalty, interest or threat of prosecution.

Although some applications are still being processed, the amnesty program collected nearly $5.3 million. Of that figure, the Jefferson County Public Schools will receive about $1.6 million and TARC about $496,000.

Abramson said the tax-amnesty campaign also had a significant impact in educating the community on the obligation to pay the occupational license fee, which is applied to a business’s net profits and employee-wage withholdings.
“Through amnesty, thousands of additional businesses and individuals are now paying their fair share and are aware of our license fee requirements. This will pay dividends for our community in years to come.”

The largest payment received under tax amnesty was $387,000, the smallest, just 38 cents. Those who took advantage of amnesty saved approximately $3.2 million in interest and penalties, according to Metro Revenue Commission Director, Mike Tronzo.

Other amnesty results include:
• 19,215 calls to the special tax amnesty hotline
• 10,474 visits to the amnesty website

Now that the amnesty opportunity has passed, Tronzo said the Revenue Commission is turning its attention to aggressive enforcement. The Commission has strengthened its enforcement staff by hiring five additional employees. Also, Louisville is one of just 16 communities nationwide that meet the necessary standards to participate in the Internal Revenue Service’s data-matching program, which enhances the Revenue Commission’s ability to track down taxpayers who don’t comply.