2009 General Assembly Abolishes Office of the Taxpayer Ombudsman
The 2009 General Assembly enacted S.B. 181, which was signed by the Governor on March 17, 2009 which, in part, abolishes the Office of Taxpayer Ombudsman established in KRS 131.020, effective July 1, 2009.
The Office of Taxpayer Ombudsman has been responsible for: coordinating and resolving Taxpayer complaints and problems, providing recommendations to the Kentucky Department of Revenue (“Department”) for new or revised publications; recommending Department and Taxpayer education programs; and, advising the Department on improvements for voluntary taxpayer compliance. The Office of Taxpayer Ombudsman has also been responsible for providing recommendations to the Department for simplification or other improvements to tax laws, regulations, forms, systems and procedures.
S.B. 181 repeals both KRS 130.020 and KRS 131.071, which spells out the duties of the Office of the Ombudsman. The Bill also establishes the Division of Special Investigations within the Office of the Commissioner, charged with investigated tax law violations and recommendations for criminal prosecutions. It has been stated in the Department’s Kentucky Tax Alert (May 2009) that the Office of the Commissioner will provide services currently provided by the Office of the Ombudsman to taxpayers.