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March 2010 Collections

For Immediate Release: April 13, 2010

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE PROVIDES ANALYSIS
OF MARCH 2010 COLLECTIONS

NASHVILLE - March 2010 collections of the Tennessee Department of Revenue were $776,514,338, a decrease of $2,971,517 or 0.4 percent from March 2009 collections.

Sales and use tax collections totaled $463,153,635, a decrease of $4,049,324 or 0.9 percent from March 2009 collections.

Collections from the retail trade group increased 3.2 percent.  Items with significant changes include:

  • Motor vehicle dealers and service stations: up 12.2 percent (with a 16.3 percent increase in the new, used motor vehicle sub-category item)
  • General merchandise stores: up 3.1 percent
  • Eating & drinking places: up 3.8 percent
  • Miscellaneous retail stores: up 4.0 percent
  • Food stores: down 3.6 percent
  • Building materials stores: down 11.1 percent

Collections from the service group decreased 1.5 percent from March 2009. The biggest contributor to the decline was business services (9.9 percent); the other items were mixed negative and positive.

Collections from the non-retail, non-services group decreased 11 percent led by losses in communications (24.6 percent) and electric, gas & sanitary services (9.9 percent); partially offsetting these losses was a gain in finance, insurance, & real estate (283.5 percent).

Consumer use tax collections were $207,767, a decrease of $160,860 or 43.6 percent from March 2009.

Franchise and excise tax collections were $130,984,593, a decrease of $710,405 or 0.5 percent compared to the collection in March 2009.  Separately, franchise tax collections were $49,411,419, an increase of $3,746,039 or 8.2 percent from last March.  Excise tax collections were $81,573,173, a decrease of $4,456,444 or 5.2 percent from March 2009.

Galoline tax collections were $41,137,917, a decrease of $2,633,336 or 6.0 percent compared to March 2009.

Privilege tax collections were $10,600,718, a decrease of $2,434,065 or 18.7 percent compared to March 2009.

Income tax collections were $13,168,208, a decrease of $2,120,679 or 13.9 percent compared to March 2009.

Motor vehicle registration tax collections were $24,732,302, a decrease of $1,354,821 or 5.2 percent compared to March 2009 collections.

Business tax collections were $7,615,035, an increase of $4,376,497 or 135.1 percent compared to March 2009.

TVA in-lieu of tax collections were $26,498,172, an increase of $2,483,736 or 10.3 percent compared to March 2009 collections.

Tobacco tax collections were $25,735,945, an increase of $2,034,361 or 8.6 percent compared to March 2009.

Motor vehicle fuel tax collections were $9,671,090, an increase of $1,715,360 or 21.6 percent compared to March 2009 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 2009-2010 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 2009-2010 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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