Tax Relief Available to Sevier County Residents: Sales Tax Refunds Available on Certain Items; Tax Deadline Extensions for Businesses Available

Friday, December 30, 2016 | 11:23am

NASHVILLE- The Tennessee Department of Revenue wants to notify Sevier County residents affected by the area’s recent wildfires that tax relief is available.

“Our hearts go out to all Tennesseans impacted by Sevier County’s devastating wildfires,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said. “We want to make affected residents aware that they have an opportunity to get tax relief.”

Sales Tax Refunds Available on Purchases of Certain Items

Tennesseans who live in any federally declared natural disaster area and who receive disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may request a refund of sales tax they paid on certain items. The maximum refund available to any one residence is $2,500. Items that qualify for the sales tax refund include major appliances, furniture and building supplies used to restore, repair or rebuild a person’s primary residence.

For more information about refunds and how to apply, please visit our website. You may also read the Department’s important notice about this topic here.

Tax Deadline Extensions Also Available

Businesses who were impacted by the wildfires may also request an extension of time to file their tax returns. The Department of Revenue will accept, on a case-by-case basis, extension requests from taxpayers who are unable to file tax returns, as required by law, because of the impact of natural disasters. Businesses who need this assistance should contact the Department of Revenue at 615-253-0600 or through our Revenue Help application.

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws, as well as the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2016 fiscal year, it collected $13.5 billion in state taxes and fees, and more than $2.6 billion in taxes and fees for local governments.