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November 2011 Collections

For Immediate Release:  December 8, 2011

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE PROVIDES ANALYSIS
OF NOVEMBER 2011 COLLECTIONS

NASHVILLE – November 2011 collections of the Tennessee Department of Revenue were $765,589,734, an increase of $33,541,100 or 4.6 percent from November 2010 collections. 

Sales and use tax collections totaled $542,131,051, an increase of $26,726,505 or 5.2 percent from November 2010 collections.

Collections from the retail trade group increased 3.7 percent.  Items with significant changes include:

  • General merchandise stores: up 4.5 percent
  • Motor vehicle dealers and service stations: up 4.6 percent (with a 9.8 percent increase in the new, used motor vehicle sub-category item)
  • Building materials stores: up 8.4 percent
  • Eating & drinking places: up 4.0 percent
  • Food stores: up 3.2 percent
  • Miscellaneous retail stores: up 3.2 percent
  • Furniture, home furnishings & equipment stores: down 5.9 percent

Collections from the service group increased 2.1 percent from November 2010. The major contributor to this gain was hotel and lodging places (19.6 percent).  Somewhat offsetting the gain was other services (30.6 percent).

Collections from the non-retail, non-services group increased 9.6 percent led by gains in manufacturing (15.6 percent), communications (8.7 percent), wholesale trade (7.8 percent), and electric gas & sanitary services (8.7 percent).

Consumer use tax collections were $450,622, an increase of $250,171 or 124.8 percent from November 2010.

Disaster relief tax rebate was a negative $33,015 in November 2011 for taxpayers affected by the May 2010 flood, April 2011 disaster relief, and the sales tax rebate on storm shelters.  This figure, which is usually a positive refund amount, is shown as negative to indicate that the payment was not made within the month and will be paid later.

Franchise and excise tax collections were $40,715,343, an increase of $3,026,531 or 8.0 percent compared to the collection in November 2010.  Separately, franchise tax collections were $9,756,970, a decrease of $1,365,429 or 12.3 percent from last November.  Excise tax collections were $30,958,373, an increase of $4,391,961 or 16.5 percent from November 2010.

TVA - In Lieu of tax collections were $28,661,892, an increase of $2,566,579 or 9.8 percent compared to November 2010.

Privilege tax collections were $16,165,821, an increase of $2,353,631 or 17.0 percent compared to November 2010.

Business tax collections were $5,281,566, an increase of $1,495,460 or 39.5 percent compared to November 2010.

Motor vehicle registration tax collections were $18,010,417, an increase of $1,355,685 or 8.1 percent compared to November 2010.

Tobacco tax collections were $24,882,148, an increase of $1,025,711 or 4.3 percent compared to November 2010.

Gasoline tax collections were $50,935,863, a decrease of $4,919,994 or 8.8 percent compared to November 2010.

Motor vehicle fuel tax collections were $14,095,193, a decrease of $1,139,720 or 7.5 percent compared to November 2010.

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 88 percent of total state tax revenue. During the 2011 fiscal year, the department collected $10.4 billion in state taxes and fees. In addition to collecting state taxes, the Department of Revenue collects taxes for local, county and municipal governments. During the2011 fiscal year, local government collections by the Department of Revenue exceeded $2.0 billion. In 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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