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Kentucky Weight Distance Tax

The Kentucky Weight Distance Tax, or KYU, is a tax license that the State of Kentucky requires certain motor carriers to purchase. Interstate carriers that travel on Kentucky roadways and weigh 60,000 pounds or more need to get this license or a temporary permit. KYU is a mileage tax that does not change based on the weight of your vehicle. Kentucky offers annual registrations for those who will make multiple trips to and through the state, as well as a temporary 10-day permit for those who do not wish to purchase the full license.

The Kentucky Intrastate Tax, or KIT, is a fuel consumption tax. This tax requires any Kentucky-based vehicle with a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds to pay a tax on fuel purchases within the state of Kentucky. The tax rate is higher for special fuels, such as diesel, than it is for regular gasoline. KIT is effectively the KY-only version of IFTA, meaning if you are registered for IFTA, you do not need a KIT number or to file KIT returns. Note: you need both KYU and KIT if you are a Kentucky-based carrier with a vehicle weighing 60,000 lbs. or more.

KYU – Kentucky Weight Distance Tax

All interstate carriers, regardless of their home state, with a combined license weight greater than 59,999 lbs. must pay this tax.

KIT – Kentucky Intrastate Tax

Kentucky-based owners of vehicles weighing more than 26,000 lbs. are required to pay a tax on the fuel they use in Kentucky.

Requirements to Get Your KYU/KIT/Temporary Permits

In order to get you your Kentucky weight distance filing, we require some information from you. Before you contact us, make sure you have this information ready:

  • USDOT Number
  • Name of company and owner (DBA if applicable)
  • Contact information: mailing address, phone number, and email
  • EIN (for companies) or SSN (for owner-operators)
  • Truck information: VIN, make, model, year, unit number, license plate number, base state, gross vehicle weight, unloaded weight, and truck status
  • KIT ONLY: Type of fuel used

Payments and Deadlines for Your KYU/KIT Registration

KYU: Getting a KYU number can be a confusing process. You don’t want to mess something up on the application and wind up spending even more time troubleshooting. KentuckyWeightDistance.com is the best site to get your KYU number and file your KYU trucking returns with ease! KYU filing is quarterly, so we’ll help you out four times per year. You will need to keep track of how many miles you drive in Kentucky.

KIT: KIT numbers are slightly more complicated. It depends on what kind of fuel you purchase within the state of Kentucky. Special fuel carries a higher tax rate than regular gasoline, meaning most motor carriers will need to pay the higher rate. Because of this, KIT is like the KY version of IFTA.

Temporary Permits: You can also get temporary KYU and KIT permits that last for 10 days. These permits can be purchased at any time from our site!

Quarterly Reporting Due Date

January 1 st – March 31 st Apr 30 th

April 1 st – June 30 th Jul 31 st

July 1 st – September 30 th Oct 31 st

October 1 st – December 31 st Jan 31 st (Following Year)

You must file your KYU and/or KIT returns every quarter, regardless of distance traveled.

Make sure you pay your taxes on time! Failure to file on time carries serious penalties and fines, such as:

  • Suspensions or revocations of your certificate of registration and KYU account
  • A $500 fine

Our Kentucky Weight Distance Tax Experts are Here to Help

Tax codes can get complicated fast. At KentuckyWeightDistance.com, we do our best to clear up these challenging rules and regulations so truckers everywhere don’t have to worry about missing anything. We work with multiple other agencies to stay up-to-date with all regulations that could affect your haul.

With our quick and easy e-filing service, you can drive in peace knowing that the professionals have done all you need to do. You won’t have to worry about any audits or regulatory trouble. We make it our mission to find any applicable laws and regulations and get you the paperwork you need to do what you do best.

Whether you need a new KYU or KIT number, temporary permits, or help parsing out the regulations that apply to you, we can help you with all of your KY trucking needs. Contact us today!

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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Do I Need a KYU Number?

You only need a KYU number if you wish to drive on Kentucky roads and your vehicle weighs more than 59,999 lbs. If your vehicle weighs less than that, then you won’t need a KYU number to operate in Kentucky.

There is one major exception to the usual KYU requirements. Farm-plated vehicles are NOT required to obtain a KYU number or pay the KYU tax.

Do I Need a KIT Number?

KIT numbers are only for companies that are based in Kentucky. If your company is based in Kentucky and you have a commercial vehicle that weighs more than 26,000 lbs., then you will need to obtain a KIT number to operate legally. Remember, the tax rate you will pay will change based on the type of fuel your vehicle uses.

Notably, charter bus operators are exempt from paying the Kentucky Intrastate Tax. All other commercial vehicles need KIT, however.

What’s the Difference Between KYU and KIT?

KYU and KIT may seem similar at first, but they’re very different. First of all, the weight requirements are different. All vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds qualify for KIT, but only those that weigh 60,000 or more pounds qualify for KYU.

Secondly, KYU applies to all vehicles driving in the state of Kentucky. This means that vehicles registered in other states that exceed the weight requirement must obtain KYU. However, KIT only applies to vehicles owned by companies based in Kentucky. Therefore, interstate carriers based in Ohio, for example, do not have to get KIT, even if their vehicle weighs more than 26,000 pounds.

Finally, these programs apply fees to different things. KYU concerns your vehicle’s weight and the distance you travel only. KIT, on the other hand, concerns your fuel purchases. Because of this, KIT is almost always cheaper than KYU is.

What if I Only Want to Purchase Temporary Licenses?

If, for some reason, you do not wish to obtain permanent KYU and/or KIT licenses, you can instead purchase temporary permits! These permits last for 10 days and cover all of the driving you will do in the state of Kentucky. We can help you get these 10-day permits with ease.

Do you need temporary IRP and IFTA permits? You can purchase trip and fuel permits from our sister site. These permits replace your IRP and IFTA decals, making it so that you don’t need to purchase full apportionment. And we have them for almost every state!

How Long Does it Take to Get My KYU/KIT Registration?

You can get your KYU/KIT numbers online today! Submitting your paperwork by mail can easily mean a wait of 10–14 business days before you can get your license. On the other hand, you can get your KYU or KIT number within one business day with KentuckyWeightDistance.com! The choice is clear.

How Much Does KYU Cost?

Once you have your number, KYU charges you based on the mileage you drive in the state of Kentucky. To calculate how much you will pay each quarter, we will take the number of miles you have driven and multiply it by the tax rate. This number will be the amount you pay in taxes.

How Much Does KIT Cost?

Similar to KYU, the cost of the KIT tax varies based on how far you travel within Kentucky. Unlike KYU, however, KIT’s charge also changes based on the kind of fuel you use. Regular gasoline carries a lesser tax rate than special fuels like diesel.

What Happens if I Don’t File My KYU/KIT Return on Time?

Failure to file on time can result in some serious penalties. Firstly, your KYU number could be revoked, requiring you to post a bond to reinstate your license. You could also be fined up to $500. That’s not good at all! So make sure you file your returns on time to avoid these penalties.

Do I Need to Display My KYU/KIT/Temporary Permits?

You do NOT need to display your KYU number, KIT number, or temporary permits on your truck UNLESS the vehicle is leased and the lessor is the KYU account holder. In that case alone, you would have to display the KYU number. Otherwise, you don’t need to display anything; you just need to pay the taxes later!

Do I Have to Track My Mileage While in Kentucky?

Yes! In order to pay both KYU and KIT, you will need to track your mileage within the state. Make sure to make a note of where you cross the state line, both entering and leaving the state. It’s helpful to not the ZIP Code of where you are when you enter the state. Our dispatchers can help you plan the right route for your trip so that you don’t wind up paying too much in taxes!

It is worth noting that you do NOT need to keep track of your mileage if you are using temporary permits. These permits cost the same flat rate, so they do not vary based on your mileage.

How Do I Add or Subtract Vehicles from My Inventory?

Adding and subtracting vehicles from your inventory is easy! Our team can take the information from your new truck and add it to or take it off of your current Kentucky Weight Distance inventory. If you do this yourself with a paper form, it can take weeks, so trust in the professionals at KentuckyWeightDistance.com!

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