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September 2009 Collections

For Immediate Release:  October 12, 2009

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE PROVIDES ANALYSIS
OF SEPTEMBER 2009 COLLECTIONS

NASHVILLE - September 2009 collections of the Tennessee Department of Revenue were $920,888,009, a decrease of $55,851,852 or 5.7 percent from September 2008 collections.

Sales and use tax collections totaled $501,531,808, a decrease of $52,094,902 or 9.4 percent from September 2008 collections.

Collections from the retail trade group decreased 4.9 percent. Items with significant changes include:

  • Miscellaneous stores: down 9.6 percent
  • Building materials: down 13.3 percent
  • General merchandise stores: down 5.6 percent
  • Motor vehicle dealers and service stations: down 2.9 percent (with a 0.8 percent decline in the new, used motor vehicle sub-category item)
  • Food stores: down 3.5 percent
  • Eating & drinking places: down 2.5 percent
  • Furniture & home furnishings stores: up 7.3 percent

Collections from the service group decreased 8.8 percent from September 2008. The biggest contributors to the decline were hotel and lodging places (13.8 percent), automotive repair, service & parking (13.0 percent) and business services (9.4 percent). Partially offsetting the loss was a gain in personal services (134.3 percent).

Collections from the non-retail, non-services group decreased 14.8 percent led by losses in wholesale trade (22.9 percent), manufacturing (20.3 percent), transportation (55.4 percent) and electric, gas & sanitary services (8.9 percent).

Consumer use collections were $479,379, an increase of $209,514 (77.6 percent) from September 2008.

Franchise and excise tax collections were $244,209,255, an increase of $680,474 or 0.3 percent when compared to September 2008. Separately, franchise tax collections were $103,465,480, an increase of $10,658,279 or 11.5 percent from last September. Excise tax collections were $140,743,775, a decrease of $9,977,805 or 6.6 percent from September 2008.

Privilege tax collections were $13,499,949, a decrease of $5,931,922 or 30.5 percent compared to September 2008.

Inheritance, estate and gift tax collections were $4,655,214, a decrease of $2,165,526 or 31.8 percent compared to September 2008.

Motor vehicle fuel tax collections were $10,216,525, a decrease of $2,127,577 or 17.2 percent compared to September 2008 collections.

Gasolinecollections were $49,561,982, a decrease of $1,579,876 or 3.1 percent compared to September 2008.

TVA in-lieu of tax collections were $28,913,314, an increase of $7,970,375 or 38.1 percent compared to September 2008 collections.

Tobacco collections were $28,527,930, an increase of $1,208,103 or 4.4 percent compared to September 2008.

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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