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August 2009 Collections

For Immediate Release:  September 11, 2009

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE PROVIDES ANALYSIS
OF AUGUST 2009 COLLECTIONS

NASHVILLE - August 2009 collections of the Tennessee Department of Revenue were $726,921,503, a decrease of $44,278,231 or 5.7 percent from August 2008 collections.

Sales and use tax collections totaled $518,249,303, a decrease of $46,330,363 or 8.2 percent from August 2008 collections.

Collections from the retail trade group decreased 6.2 percent. Items with significant changes include:

  • Motor vehicle dealers and service stations: down 7.9 percent (with a 8.3 percent decline in the new, used motor vehicle sub-category item)
  • Building materials: down 14.9 percent
  • Furniture & home furnishings stores: down 22.7 percent
  • Miscellaneous stores: down 7.4 percent
  • General merchandise stores: down 2.8 percent
  • Eating & drinking places: down 1.9 percent

Collections from the service group decreased 6.2 percent from August 2008. The biggest contributors to the decline were hotel and lodging places (9.6 percent) and business services (7.4 percent).

Collections from the non-retail, non-services group decreased 13.7 percent led by losses in wholesale trade (23.0 percent), manufacturing (14.8 percent), transportation (55.1 percent) and construction (29.2 percent).

Consumer use collections were $304,555, a decrease of $1,416,263 (82.3 percent) from August 2008.

Franchise and excise tax collections were $20,879,665, an increase of $5,337,223 or 34.3 percent when compared to August 2008. Separately, franchise tax collections were $16,102,344, an increase of $6,382,282 or 65.7 percent from last August. Excise tax collections were $4,777,321, a decrease of $1,045,059 or 18.0 percent from August 2008.

Gross receipts (other than TVA) tax collections were $12,701,125, a decrease of $6,057,366 or 32.3 percent compared to August 2008.

Inheritance, estate and gift tax collections were $5,629,006, a decrease of $2,679,689 or 32.3 percent compared to August 2008.

Motor vehicle fuel tax collections were $11,018,427, a decrease of $1,499,110 or 12.0 percent compared to August 2008 collections.

Gasoline collections were $56,795,737, an increase of $7,246,087 or 14.6 percent compared to August 2008.

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