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January 2010 Collections

For Immediate Release:  February 10, 2010

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE PROVIDES ANALYSIS
OF JANUARY 2010 COLLECTIONS

NASHVILLE - January 2010 collections of the Tennessee Department of Revenue were $947,387,419, an increase of $11,024,230 or 1.2 percent from January 2009 collections.

Sales and use tax collections totaled $633,434,923, a decrease of $12,032,020 or 1.9 percent from January 2009 collections.

Collections from the retail trade group increased 0.5 percent.  Items with significant changes include:

  • Motor vehicle dealers and service stations: up 5.5 percent (with a 6.5 percent increase in the new, used motor vehicle sub-category item)
  • Food stores: down 2.7 percent
  • General merchandise stores: up 0.6 percent
  • Building materials: down 2.7 percent
  • Eating and drinking places: up 1.2 percent

Collections from the service group decreased 3.9 percent from January 2009. The biggest contributors to the decline were business services (6.2 percent) and personal services (22.9 percent).

Collections from the non-retail, non-services group decreased 8.5 percent led by losses in manufacturing (17.3 percent), electric, gas & sanitary services (18.9 percent), wholesale trade (6.1 percent), and construction (16.3 percent); partially offsetting these losses was a gain in communications (3.6 percent).

Consumer use tax collections were $689,255, a decrease of $37,715 or 5.2 percent, from January 2009.

Franchise and excise tax collections were $139,772,879, an increase of $16,109,257 or 13.0 percent over the collection in January 2009. Separately, franchise tax collections were $52,115,099, an increase of $26,109,652 or 100.4 percent from last January.  Excise tax collections were $87,657,780, a decrease of $10,000,395 or 10.2 percent from January 2009.

Inheritance, gift and estate tax collections were $6,562,917, an increase of $2,059,437 or 45.7 percent compared to January 2009 collections.

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

Motor vehicle registration tax collections were $16,905,434, a decrease of $1,230,279 or 6.8 percent compared to January 2009 collections.

Tobacco tax collections were $22,350,733, an increase of $844,797 or 3.9 percent compared to January 2009.

Gasoline tax collections were $47,139,181, an increase of $2,688,047 or 6.1 percent compared to January 2009.

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 2008-2009 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 2008-2009 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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