A Win For Transparency In Kentucky

September 11, 2014 By Cara Griffith

The judgment is in, and it’s a win for transparency. We’ve been waiting for a decision from a Kentucky court in a suit Tax Analysts joined to require the Department of Revenue to release redacted copies of its final letter rulings. The suit was brought by Mark Sommer of Frost Brown Todd, who sought redacted versions of the rulings as part of an Open Records Act request.

Sommer and Tax Analysts argued that the rulings should be made readily available but the DOR maintained that Kentucky’s confidentiality statutes require such significant redaction as to render the rulings useless. The DOR also insisted that the benefit from releasing the documents was outweighed by the burden of redacting them for publication.

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