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April 2009 Collections

For Immediate Release: May 7, 2009

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE PROVIDES ANALYSIS
OF APRIL 2009 COLLECTIONS

NASHVILLE - April 2009 collections of the Tennessee Department of Revenue were $1,215,878,705, a decrease of $176,061,012 or 12.7 percent from April 2008 collections.

Sales and use tax collections totaled $519,558,152, a decrease of $57,368,947 or 9.9 percent from April 2008 collections.

Collections from the retail trade group decreased 9.2 percent. Items with significant changes include:

  • Motor vehicle dealers and service stations: down 22.4 percent (with a 30.2 percent decline in the new, used motor vehicle sub-category item)
  • Miscellaneous stores: down 7.9 percent
  • Building materials: down 11.0 percent
  • General merchandise stores: down 5.1 percent
  • Furniture & home furnishings stores: down 17.8 percent
  • Apparel & accessory stores: down 7.8 percent

Collections from the service group decreased 9.7 percent from April 2008. The biggest contributors to the decline were hotel and lodging places (15.2 percent), business services (7.9 percent), and automotive repair, service and parking (10.1 percent).

Collections from the non-retail, non-services group decreased 10.6 percent led by losses in wholesale trade (23.5 percent), manufacturing (21.5 percent) and communications (4.8 percent); these were partially offset by an increase in transportation (56.2 percent).

Consumer use collections were $117,528, a decrease of $286,622 (70.9 percent) from April 2008.

Franchise and excise tax collections were $331,226,521, a decrease of $47,295,426 or 12.5 percent when compared to April 2008. Separately, franchise tax collections were $121,987,671, a drop of $22,090,318 or 15.3 percent from last April. Excise tax collections were $209,238,849, a decrease of $25,205,108 or 10.8 percent from April 2008.

Income tax collections were $180,446,565, a decrease of $60,076,199 or 25.0 percent compared to April 2008.

Tobacco tax collections were $18,602,800, a decrease of $5,258,910 or 22.0 percent compared to April 2008.

Inheritance, estate and gift tax collections were $13,436,574, a decrease of $4,201,887 or 23.8 percent compared to April 2008.

Privilege tax collections were $17,469,982, a decrease of $3,526,824 or 16.8 percent compared to April 2008 collections.

Motor vehicle fuel tax collections were $15,828,967, a decrease of $1,921,501 or 10.8 percent compared to April 2008.

Motor vehicle registration collections were $25,541,084, a decrease of $1,314,839 or 4.9 percent compared to April 2008.

Gasoline tax collections were $51,929,432, an increase of $2,547,303 or 5.2 percent compared to April 2008.

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