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The Hart County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome you to our business community.  In order to save you time and trouble, the following information has been assembled for your easy reference.  If you experience any problems, please call us.  We will make every effort to assist you.

BUSINESS LICENSE DIVISION


If you plan to open a business in Hart County, you may be required to obtain a business license.  For businesses locating in or servicing the Munfordville area, contact:

Munfordville City Hall
P.O. Box 85
Munfordville, KY  42765
(270) 524-5701

For businesses operating in the Horse Cave area, contact:

Horse Cave City Hall
P. O. Box 326
Horse Cave, KY  42749
(270) 786-2680

OCCUPATIONAL TAX


All businesses are also required to register with the Occupational Tax Office.  Hart County levies an occupational license tax of .8% of gross wages, salaries, commission, or other compensation of individuals and on net profits of businesses.  For more information, contact:

Occupational Tax Administrator
P. O. Box 247
Munfordville, KY  42749
(270) 524-3507

The Cities of Horse Cave (.5%) and Munfordville (.75%) also levy an occupational license tax. Contact the City Hall in each of these communities for more information.

PROPERTY VALUATION AUTHORITY

All businesses who own, lease, or have a beneficial interest in taxable tangible property located within Hart County must file a report with the Property Valuation Office:

Property Valuation Administrators
East Union St.
Munfordville, KY  42765
(270) 524-2321

KENTUCKY REVENUE CABINET

All businesses making sales in Kentucky are required to have a state tax number.  Registration applications can be obtained from the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet.  They also provide other forms needed to insure proper payment of tax responsibilities.  Contact:

Kentucky Revenue Cabinet
Taxpayer Registration Section
200 Fair Oaks Lane, Frankfort, KY  40602
(502) 564-4581

Visit their website at http://www.revenue.ky.gov

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE


Anyone operating a business must make arrangements with the IRS for the orderly payment of business taxes.  Contact the following resources for the necessary forms and procedures:

United States Internal Revenue Service
200 West Professional Park Court
Bowling Green, KY  42104
(270) 782-7667 (can leave messages only, no live telephone assistance provided at this number).  For on the phone assistance, call:  1-800-829-4933. Also, visit their website for forms and general information at:  http://www.irs.gov

BARREN RIVER HEALTH DEPARTMENT (Hart County Health Dept.)

Contact them for permits for restaurants, septic tanks, and retail markets involved in the sale of food or grocery items.  Businesses are surveyed to insure that all necessary regulations set forth by the Health Department are being upheld.

Hart County Health Department
P. O. Box 65
Munfordville, KY  42765
(270) 524-2511

WORKERS COMPENSATION

The state statues require that any employer who has one or more employees must provide workers compensation insurance for their employee (s).  More information is available from your personal insurance agent or contact:

Department of Worker's Claims
Perimeter Park West
1270 Louisville Road
Frankfort, KY  40601
(502) 564-5550

REGISTRATION OF BUSINESS

The business structure of your operation should be verified and registered with the state.  Contact:

Kentucky Secretary of State
700 Capital Ave., Suite 154
P. O. Box 718
Frankfort, KY  40602-0718
(502) 564-2848

Visit their website at:  http://www.sos.ky.gov

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

If you're just starting a business, you must contact them to establish payment of social security taxes.

Social Security Administration
2724 Chandler Drive
Bowling Green, KY  42101
1-800-772-1213 or  (270) 842-9183

OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS AND RESOURCES

Western Kentucky University
Small Business Development Center
1906 College Heights Blvd.
Van Meter 207
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1086
Phone:  (270) 745-1905
Fax: (270) 745-1931

Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center
P. O. Box 20067
2413 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY  42102
(270) 792-3414

US Department of Labor (District office)
ESA Wage & Hour Division
Gene Snyder US Courthouse & Custom House
Rm. 131
601 West Broadway
Louisville, KY  40202
1-866-487-9243
(502) 582-5226

Kentucky Labor Cabinet
1047 US Hwy 127 South
Suite 4
Frankfort, KY  40601
(502) 564-3070