Kentucky Paycheck Calculator

Calculate your take home pay after federal & Kentucky taxes

Last updated on Jul 16 2021

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Kentucky state income tax

Kentucky has a population of over 4 million (2019) and is known for horse racing, moonshine and of course, Kentucky Fried Chicken. The median household income is $48,375 (2017).

Brief summary:

  • the income tax is a flat rate of 5%
  • no state-level payroll tax
  • no standard deductions and exemptions
  • no state-level tax credit
Kentucky United States

Kentucky fiscal year starts from July 01 the year before to June 30 the current year. So the fiscal year 2021 will start from July 01 2020 to June 30 2021.

Calculating your Kentucky state income tax is similar to the steps we listed on our Federal paycheck calculator:

  1. figure out your filing status
  2. work out your adjusted gross income [Total annual income – Adjustments = Adjusted gross income]
  3. calculate your taxable income [Adjusted gross income – (Post-tax deductions + Exemptions) = Taxable income]
  4. understand your tax liability [Taxable income × Tax rate = Tax liability]
  5. determine whether your tax liability is more than your tax credits and withheld
    • Tax liability – (Credits + Withheld) = What you owe or
    • (Credits + Withheld) – Tax liability = Tax refunds

State payroll tax

There is no state-level payroll tax.

Income tax brackets

Refer to Tax Foundation for more details.

Fiscal year Filing status Taxable income Rate
2021
2020
Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
Any 5%

Deductions

Fiscal year Filing status Adjusted gross income Standard deduction amount
2021 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Any $2,690
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Head of Household
Any $5,380
2020 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
Any $0

Exemptions

There is no state-level exemptions.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

There is no state-level EITC.

Child Tax Credit (CTC)

There is no state-level CTC.

FAQs

What taxes do Kentuckian pay?

The state-level income tax is a flat rate of 5%, regardless of your filing status.

How much do you make after taxes in Kentucky?

A single filer making $49,000 per annual will take home $38,761 after tax.
For a married couple with a combined annual income of $98,000, the take home pay is $77,522.