FRANKFORT, KY- After hearing numerous complaints from non-profit organizations upset with the impact the state’s new tax changes have had on them, state Rep. Dennis Keene filed House Bill 27 that would exempt non-profits from the legislation’s provisions that took effect last July.
“This law, which was written in secret and passed entirely by the majority on the same day the public first saw it, is filled with numerous unintended consequences, but one of the most glaring is the way it treats our non-profit organizations,” said Rep. Keene. “If allowed to stand, this tax will continue to hurt the most vulnerable citizens who depend on these organizations most; that’s just not right. Are we going to tax things like vacation Bible school next? What we need is a more common-sense tax reform approach that actually takes the public’s concerns into account.”
Rep. Keene, whose district runs along the northern border of Campbell County, said the tax changes have proven to have a major impact on revenue generated by nonprofits. It is estimated that $12 million in revenue will be generated during this fiscal year from charging sales tax on nonprofit sales of tickets. “That is money we taking out of the pockets of our charitable organizations and churches. We are losing far more than we gain from doing things like this,” Rep. Keene said. “The sooner we can return the law to the way it was for non-profits, the better.”
Representative Dennis Keene has served the citizens of the 67th District (Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, Silver Grove, Melbourne, Highland Heights, Southgate, and Wilder) in Campbell County since 2005. Keene is an economic development advisor for EGC Construction. For more information, visit: www.DennisKeene.com.