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Sales Tax on Travel Agency Services Stripped Out of Tax Bill


Kentucky ASTA Members:

Good news!

Among the changes that the Kentucky Senate made to House Bill (HB) 8 before passing it was to remove travel agencies from the list of 39 different service industries that would be subjected to Kentucky’s six percent sales tax for the first time. Only three service industries were removed from the bill, and we were one of them. The amended bill must still pass the House and go to the Governor, who might veto it. While there is likely to be some back-and-forth over the next few weeks, we don’t expect the legislature to revisit this list of services.

We are certain that were it not for your involvement through our grassroots campaign, this win would not have happened. If you took action over the past few weeks through ASTA’s grassroots portal, thank you. Your support was critical in keeping this tax – which would have cost the average Kentucky travel agency over $25,000 a year in new taxes – out of the bill!

We’ll keep you updated as this process wraps up. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at

Thank you!



Rebranded in 2018 as the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Its members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally-based members, ASTA’s history of industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information about the Society, visit our mission statement.  




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