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Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners

Professional Privilege Tax


Registered architects, engineers and landscape architects who are not actively engaged in the practice of their respective professions in the State of Tennessee may claim an exemption from the professional privilege tax by presenting the Board with a certified affidavit attesting to such inactive status, in accordance with Board policy.


A registrant claiming inactive status is still subject to the biennial renewal fee and will continue to receive renewal notifications.


Registrants claiming retired status are also exempt from the tax.


To claim retired status, a registrant must be over age 62 and not actively engaged in the practice of his or her profession in Tennessee.


A registrant holding an inactive or retired certificate may not engage in any activity constituting the practice or offer to practice of architecture, engineering, or landscape architecture in the State of Tennessee without first notifying the Board as to a change to active status.


For further information regarding the professional privilege tax:


Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Department of Revenue's website.

  • Click Here to read an article about the tax by the Board's Legal Counsel.
  • Click Here for the Inactive Status Affidavit for Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Architects.

For more detailed information about what is required to make registration status changes, visit the Status Change Section.