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February 2009 Collections

For Immediate Release: March 6, 2009

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE PROVIDES ANALYSIS
OF FEBRUARY 2009 COLLECTIONS

NASHVILLE - February 2009 collections of the Tennessee Department of Revenue were $668,352,452, a decrease of $59,912,733 or 8.2 percent from February 2008 collections.

Sales and use tax collections totaled $465,028,722, a decrease of $39,761,931 or 7.9 percent from February 2008 collections.

Collections from the retail trade group decreased 8.7 percent. Items with significant changes include:

  • Motor vehicle dealers and service stations: down 20.8 percent (with a 24.5 percent decline in the new, used motor vehicle sub-category item)
  • Miscellaneous stores: down 16.3 percent
  • Building materials: down 25.4 percent
  • Furniture & home furnishings stores: down 10.7 percent

Collections from the service group decreased 1.4 percent from February 2008. The biggest contributors to the decline were business services (16.8 percent) and automotive repair, service & parking (10.8 percent), and partially offset by the increase in other services (165.0 percent).

Collections from the non-retail, non-services group decreased 9.1 percent led by losses in wholesale trade (23.6 percent) and manufacturing (25.5 percent), and partially offset by increases in electric, gas, and sanitary services (15.4 percent) and communications (2.9 percent).

Consumer use collections were $310,553, a decrease of $275,399 (47.0 percent) from February 2008.

Franchise and excise tax collections were $33,405,185, a decrease of $4,821,443 or 12.6 percent when compared to February 2008. Separately, franchise tax collections were $14,476,057, a drop of $628,780 or 4.2 percent from last February. Excise tax collections were $18,929,128, a decrease of $4,192,662 or 18.1 percent from February 2008.

Motor vehicle fuel tax collections were $12,545,602, a decrease of $6,042,236 or 32.5 percent compared to February 2008.

Inheritance estate tax collections were $4,134,156, a decrease of $5,739,469 or 58.1 percent compared to February 2008.

Privilege tax collections were $12,035,388, a decrease of $4,453,119 or 27.0 percent compared to February 2008 collections.

Motor vehicle registration tax collections were $21,672,427, a decrease of $3,257,278 or 13.1 percent compared to February 2008.

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

Gasoline tax collections were $53,270,987, an increase of $1,674,172 or 3.2 percent compared to February 2008.

Tobacco tax collections were $24,753,355, an increase of $1,662,014 or 7.2 percent from the collection of February 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.

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