Boat Tax

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

About 3,500 boat owners could have to begin paying Kentucky property taxes on their houseboats and cabin cruisers now that state tax collectors know who they are.

The boats are generally more than 25 feet long and often worth hundreds of thousands of dollars or more.

They have gone untaxed for years because they were registered with the Coast Guard and not the state.

Officials with the Kentucky Department of Revenue have won Coast Guard approval to use its files to identify the boats and their owners.

The state began notifying the boat owners last summer that they were behind in their tax payments.

Tax bills totaling $2.5 million, an average of about $700 dollars each, have gone out across the state.

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