Occupational Licensing

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, and for the protection of the public and staff, Boone County is restricting face to face interaction between the public and staff effective Monday, March 16, 2020.  We are able to assist taxpayers via e-mail at occlicense@boonecountyky.org, phone 859-334-2144 or fax 859-334-3914. Please note that we do not have any electronic payment options and are unable to accept cash payments at this time.  We are able to accept checks, money orders or certified checks for any tax liabilities and you may send through USPS or other mail services such as Federal Express and UPS. 

*UPDATED 3/20/2020* Boone County Net Profit Tax Return Filing and Liability Payment Deferral
Executive Order 2020-EO NO. 1 COV19)

In an effort to help the business community during this time of uncertainty,  Boone County Fiscal Court, in conjunction with the Boone County School Board has agreed to extend the filing and payment due date for net profit tax return liability due April 15th. The net profit tax return and liability payments that are due on April 15th, or due with an extension on April 15th, may be delayed until July 15, 2020 without penalty or interest.   All General Business certificates that are due to expire on 4/15/2020 will be extended to 7/15/2020.  The net profit tax return filing and liability payment deferral is automatic and no additional paperwork is necessary.  Penalties and interest will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of July 16, 2020. 

This relief only applies to net profit tax returns due April 15, 2020, not to quarterly payroll withholding returns and payments.  The first quarter payroll withholding return and payment is due April 30, 2020.

Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions for the 2019 tax filing season.



Welcome to the Boone County Occupational Tax Office!  We are responsible for the collection of the Boone County Ordinance Tax # 07-27, Boone County Mental Health/Intellectual Disability/Aging Tax # 07-26 and the Boone County School Board Tax.  Occupational tax is levied on salaries, wages, commissions and other compensation of individuals for activities performed or rendered in Boone County and on the Net Profits of all businesses conducting activity in our jurisdiction.   The mission of the Occupational License Tax Office is to fairly and equitably apply the tax code in the administration of the occupational tax laws of Boone County, Kentucky. 


Annual Reconciliation & W2's are due February 28, 2020

1099 Non-Employee Transmittal Form is due February 28, 2020
Net Profit Tax Return for calendar year-end taxpayers is due April 15, 2020

Net Profit Extension Requests for calendar year end taxpayers is due April 15, 2020*

*Extension requests must be filed directly with the Boone County Occupational Tax Office with payment of the business license fee and estimated tax due.

Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI)

Based on a review of relevant provisions of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and Boone County Ordinance Chapter 110, income reported on the federal return attributable to Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI) is excludable from the net profit for Occupational License tax purposes. Any expenses related to foreign income as determined by IRC Section 250 and reported on IRS Form 8993 must also be excluded from the Adjusted Net Profit. Receipts derived from GILTI are not to be included in the calculation of the receipt factor for purposes of determining the average apportionment percentage.  A copy of the federal Schedule C and Form 8993 must be attached to the Occupational License tax return for any taxpayer who has reported GILTI on the federal tax return.

The QBI deduction is not applicable for purposes of the Occupational License tax