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July 2009 Collections

For Immediate Release:  August 11, 2009

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE PROVIDES ANALYSIS
OF JULY 2009 COLLECTIONS

NASHVILLE - July 2009 collections of the Tennessee Department of Revenue were $815,009,137, a decrease of $39,640,145 or 4.6 percent from July 2008 collections.

Sales and use tax collections totaled $534,866,967, a decrease of $65,280,529 or 10.9 percent from July 2008 collections.

Collections from the retail trade group decreased 8.1 percent. Items with significant changes include:

  • Motor vehicle dealers and service stations: down 12.5 percent (with a 14.9 percent decline in the new, used motor vehicle sub-category item)
  • Building materials: down 15.5 percent
  • Miscellaneous stores: down 9.8 percent
  • General merchandise stores: down 5.4 percent
  • Furniture & home furnishings stores: down 17.1 percent
  • Apparel & accessory stores: down 6.2 percent
  • Eating & drinking places: down 1.9 percent

Collections from the service decreased 6.4 percent from July 2008. The biggest contributors to the decline were hotel and lodging places (11.5 percent) and business services (7.4 percent).

Collections from the non-retail, non-services decreased 18.7 percent led by losses in wholesale trade (22.1 percent), manufacturing (26.2 percent), communications (11.6 percent), transportation (56.6 percent) and construction (21.6 percent).

Consumer use collections were $392,591, an increase of $23,282 (6.3 percent) from July 2008.

Franchise and excise tax collections were $80,924,537, an increase of $27,771,193 or 55.2 percent when compared to July 2008. Separately, franchise tax collections were $22,299,155, an increase of $1,239,150 or 5.9 percent from last July. Excise tax collections were $58,625,382, an increase of $26,532,043 or 82.7 percent from July 2008.

Inheritance, estate and gift tax collections were $7,301,252, a decrease of $8,728,378 or 54.5 percent compared to July 2008.

Tobacco tax collections were $23,532,443, a decrease of $2,004,154 or 7.9 percent compared to July 2008.

Privilege tax collections were $21,673,675, a decrease of $1,063,909 or 4.7 percent compared to July 2008 collections.

Gross Receipts (other than TVA) tax collections were $12,662,979, an increase of $6,660,149 or 111.0 percent compared to July 2008.

Gasoline collections were $52,260,991, an increase of $2,216,796 or 4.4 percent compared to July 2008.

TVA in-lieu of tax collections were $24,014,435, an increase of $2,002,816 or 9.1 percent compared to July 2008 collections.

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws established by the legislature and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department of Revenue collects approximately 92 percent of total state tax revenue. During the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the department collected $10.2 billion in state taxes and fees. In addition to collecting state taxes, $1.9 billion of local sales tax was collected by the department for local governments during the 2008-2009 fiscal year. Besides collecting taxes, the department enforces the revenue laws fairly and impartially in an effort to encourage voluntary taxpayer compliance. The department also apportions revenue collections for distribution to the various state funds and local units of government. To learn more about the department, log on to www.TN.gov/revenue.

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