Skip to Content

January 2009 Collections

For Immediate Release: February 9, 2009

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE PROVIDES ANALYSIS
OF JANUARY 2009 COLLECTIONS

NASHVILLE - January 2009 collections of the Tennessee Department of Revenue were $936,363,188, a decrease of $116,748,367 or 11.1 percent from January 2008 collections.

Sales and use tax collections totaled $645,466,943, a decrease of $47,643,092 or 6.9 percent from January 2008 collections.

Collections from the retail trade group decreased 8.9 percent. Items with significant changes include:

  • Motor vehicle dealers and service stations: down 20.6 percent (with a 26.5 percent decline in the new, used motor vehicle sub-category item)
  • General merchandise stores: down 5.2 percent
  • Miscellaneous stores: down 6.6 percent
  • Building materials: down 17.7 percent
  • Furniture & home furnishings stores: down 13.5 percent
  • Food stores: down 4.6 percent
  • Eating & drinking places: down 3.9 percent
  • Apparel & accessory stores: down 6.5 percent

Collections from the service group decreased 2.9 percent from January 2008. The biggest contributors to the decline were business services (4.3 percent), hotel and lodging places (7.9 percent), and automotive repair, service & parking (6.6 percent).

Collections from the non-retail, non-services group decreased 3.1 percent led by losses in wholesale trade (9.1 percent), communications (4.2 percent), and manufacturing (4.1 percent), and partially offset by an increase in electric, gas, and sanitary services (22.3 percent).

Consumer use collections were $726,969, an increase of $253,389 (53.5 percent) from January 2008.

Franchise and excise tax collections were $123,663,622, a decrease of $56,955,933 or 31.5 percent when compared to January 2008. Separately, franchise tax collections were $26,005,448, a drop of $40,635,357 or 61.0 percent from last January. Excise tax collections were $97,658,175, a decrease of $16,320,576 or 14.3 percent from January 2008.

Gasoline tax collections were $44,451,134, a decrease of $7,843,097 or 15.0 percent compared to January 2008.

Privilege tax collections were $17,853,260, a decrease of $4,551,559 or 20.3 percent compared to January 2008 collections.

Petroleum special tax collections were $4,595,136, a decrease of $1,813,794 or 28.3 percent compared to January 2008.

Tobacco tax collections were $21,505,935, a decrease of $1,683,436 or 7.3 percent from the collection of January 2008.

Income tax collections were $3,551,389, a decrease of $1,179,065 or 24.9 percent compared to January 2008.

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

Motor vehicle fuel tax collections were $14,278,628, an increase of $1,697,172 or 13.5 percent compared to January 2008.

Motor vehicle registration tax collections were $18,135,713, an increase of $1,110,251 or 6.5 percent compared to January 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 2007-2008 fiscal year, the department collected $11.2 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 2007-2008 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.

###