Final Blackburn audit shows tax discrepancies

Staff Report

FRANKFORT – The state auditor’s office released this week a report of the office of former Floyd County Sheriff John K Blackburn. The report covers the time period between January 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014.

The single issue brought forward in the report showed that during the time period evaluated, Blackburn failed to withhold city taxes on some of his department officials who worked in the city of Prestonsburg.

State law requires accounts of each county sheriff be audited annually, after which the auditor’s office releases two reports each one, one on the sheriff’s tax account and the other reporting on the fee account used to operate the office.

“Under Ordinance 1969 of the city of Prestonsburg ‘each employer of one or more persons must withhold the license fee of 1.5 percent from gross salaries, wages, and commissions paid,” the auditor’s report stated. “The former sheriff’s office had employees that worked in the city of Prestonsburg and did not have the license fee tax withheld from their paycheck.”

This resulted, the report continued, in a noncompliance with the city ordinance and takes “potential revenue away from the city.”

The full report can be found at the auditor’s website.

Staff Report

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