Kentucky judge orders Department of Revenue to release administrative rulings to Tax Analysts

September 3, 2014
Tax Analysts

Tax Analysts, the nonprofit provider of federal, state, and international tax news and analysis, yesterday announced that in response to its suit against the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR), a Kentucky circuit court judge has ordered the DOR to release redacted copies of its final rulings from 2004 to 2012, under the state's Open Records Act.

The suit was brought by taxpayer Mark Sommer, a longtime state tax attorney and contributor to State Tax Notes, who sought these documents in order to better represent his clients. Sommer sued for the documents under the Kentucky Open Records Act, which requires that public agencies open most of their records to the public. Tax Analysts had also filed record requests for final decisions from the Kentucky DOR to inform its readers of tax policy developments and rulings by the DOR. However, when the DOR denied its latest request, the organization joined Sommer's case.

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