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Tax Analysts Joins Kentucky Suit Seeking Release of Department of Revenue Rulings

August 1, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Tax Analysts, the nonprofit provider of federal, state, and international tax news and analysis, today announced that it has intervened in support of a complaint filed by a taxpayer who is suing to obtain copies of final rulings from the Kentucky Department of Revenue and the Finance and Administration Cabinet from 2004 to 2012.


The taxpayer, Mark Sommer, is a longtime state tax attorney and contributor to State Tax Notes, Tax Analysts’ weekly print magazine dedicated to state and local tax issues and policy. Sommer is suing 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 Department of Revenue. However, when the DOR denied its latest request, the organization joined Sommer's case.

Tax Analysts has been pushing for tax transparency since it first sued the IRS more than 40 years ago to force the release of agency records, and now, for the first time, it has entered the state arena.

“For more than 40 years this organization has fought for transparency,” said Christopher E. Bergin, president and publisher of Tax Analysts. “We believe in sunshine. We believe secret law is an abomination. This was a case that I thought merited our intervention.”

A full description of these developments is featured in today's State Tax Today. For more information or to schedule an interview with Bergin or one of our experts, please contact communications@taxanalysts.org.