The Tennessee Department of Revenue is now accepting Franchise & Excise tax returns for tax year 2011 and 2012 through the IRS Modernized E-File program (MEF). This partnership between states and the Internal Revenue Service allows tax preparers to include the state tax return and any associated payment with its electronically filed federal return.
The Department of Revenue accepts Franchise, Excise Tax Return (FAE170), Application for Extension of Time to File (FAE173), and Quarterly Franchise, Excise Tax Declarations (FAE172). Click here for a list of current certified vendors.
You must first select the certified software vendor from whom you will obtain the software that will be used to file the electronic return. Once a vendor has been selected, you must contact the vendor and arrange to use the vendor's software. You will also, at this time, determine if you will file your return and payment at the same time using the vendor's software or if you will file the return only and make payment by another method. Payments can be made on the Department of Revenue's Web site using our online program. Select "Payment for e-Filed Annual Return" from the drop-down list on the second page.
To make a payment by ACH Debit, view the Electronic Funds Transfer Agreement. You can also make a payment by ACH Credit. First, complete the EFT Payment Agreement and submit it to the Deparment of Revenue. Completed agreements can be faxed to (615) 532-2299.
If you have any questions, please contact the Electronic Commerce Unit: Statewide toll-free (866) 368-6374; Nashville-area and out-of-state (615) 253-0704.