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By the Numbers

Tennessee Below is a snapshot of key features of Tennessee's tax system. (Scroll Down)
State & Local Revenue (FY10)
  • General Revenue, Own-Source (GROS): $28.3 billion
  • General Revenue as a Share of Income: 13.0%
  • Tax Revenue: $18.2 billion
  • Tax Revenue as Share of income: 8.4%
  • Personal Income Tax (Share of Tax Revenue): 0.9% (44 out of 51)
  • Corporate Income Tax (Share of Tax Revenue): 4.9 % ( 7 out of 51)
  • Sales & Excise Tax (Share of Tax Revenue): 56.8 % ( 2 out of 51)
  • Property Tax (Share of Tax Revenue): 27.6 % ( 39 out of 51)
  • Other Taxes (Share of Tax Revenue): 7.6 % (15 out of 51)
Personal Income Tax Features (2012)
  • Range of Tax Rates: 6%
  • Standard Deduction: None
  • Personal Exemption: $1,250
  • Dependent Exemption: None
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): None
  • Income tax only applies to interest and dividends
Corporate Income Tax Features (2012)
  • Range of Tax Rates: 6.50%
  • Income Level at Which Top Rate Applies: All
  • Combined Reporting: No
  • Apportionment Factor (Payroll): 25%
  • Apportionment Factor (Property): 25%
  • Apportionment Factor (Sales): 50%
Sales Tax Features (2012)
  • State Sales Tax Rate: 7.00%
  • Average Local Sales Tax Rate: 2.45%
  • Average Combined State & Local Sales Tax Rate: 9.45%
  • State Sales Tax Treatment of Groceries: 5.00%
  • Local Sales Tax Treatment of Groceries: Taxed
  • Number of Services Taxed: 67 out of 168 surveyed (2007)
  • Streamlined Sales Tax Membership: Associate
  • Sales tax holiday offered in 2013
  • Sales tax applies to digital goods and services
  • Sales tax holiday offered in 2013
Property Tax Features (2012)
  • Does not provide a meaningful homestead exemption or circuit breaker for non-elderly taxpayers.
  • Utilizes split roll system.
Other Tax & Revenue Features (2012)
  • Gasoline Tax Rate (per gallon): $0.214
  • Diesel Tax Rate (per gallon): $0.184
  • Cigarette Tax Rate (per pack): $0.62
  • Estate or Inheritance Tax: Yes, but eliminated in 2016
  • Net Lottery Sales Per Capita: $168 (2010)
Tax Policy Oversight
  • Tax Expenditure Report: Yes
  • Tax Incidence Analysis Capability: None

Last Updated October 4, 2012

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