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Local Option Sales Tax: Countywide

Reference Number: MTAS-1853
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: November 16, 2017
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Revenue Class: Local Taxes

Fund: General

Account No.: 31610

Description: Receipts from countywide local option sales tax that is levied within the municipality.

Authorization: T.C.A. § 67-6-701 et seq. (1963 Local Option Revenue Act)

Requirements or Restrictions: Tax can be increased only by ordinance after voters approve by referendum. T.C.A. § 67-6-706. Tax is applicable only to the first $1,600 on the sale or use of any single article of personal property. T.C.A. § 67-6-702. “Single article” applies only to motor vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, modular homes, manufactured homes, or mobile homes. After July 1, 2017, the tax levied on the sale, purchase, use, consumption of electricity, piped natural or artificial gasses, or other heating fuels delivered by the seller will be 0.5 percent. Also after July 1, 2019, there will be no local option sales tax exemption for cable or wireless cable television services.

Current Rate: Varies according to county and municipality; maximum rate is 2.75 percent.

Frequency of Payment: Monthly.

Late Pay Penalty: N/A

Exemptions: Same as statewide sales tax, plus electricity and fuels through June 30, 2019 (see T.C.A. § 67-6-704) and the above listed restrictions. Until June 30, 2019, cable or wireless cable television services are exempted up to $27.50 per month. T.C.A. § 67-6-714.

Collection: State collects (and keeps 1.125 percent for administrative expenses), forwards the remainder to the county, and the county distributes 50 percent for school purposes and 50 percent to the jurisdiction where collected or as contracted between jurisdictions (less a 1% administrative fee retained by the county trustee). Local sales tax revenues that the Department of Revenue cannot identify to a particular situs are distributed 50 percent to municipalities based on population and 50 percent to counties based on population.

Use Restrictions: None for the 50 percent returned to municipality, unless contracted differently.

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