File Online with Revenue this Tax Season
Monday, March 07, 2011 | 04:23am
NASHVILLE - Tax season is approaching, and the Tennessee Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers and practitioners to utilize the department's convenient, worry-free electronic filing options. Electronic filing of the sales and use tax, consumer use tax, individual income tax, professional privilege tax, business tax, and franchise and excise tax minimum and estimated payment returns and extensions is available via the department's Web site, www.TN.gov/revenue. Bill payments and many business tax registration activities also can be completed online.
"E-filing has transformed the tax filing process making it easier and safer for our taxpayers to file and pay online,” said Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. “Whether you prepare forms yourself or use a professional, I encourage everyone to utilize our website and file and pay this year’s taxes online.”
The tax on certain investment income, commonly known as the Hall income tax, is due April 15. Although the federal income tax filing deadline for 2011 was extended to April 18, the Department of Revenue does not have the authority to extend the Hall income tax deadline to April 18.
Taxpayers can make credit card payments using the Department of Revenue’s secure electronic services accessible at www.TN.gov/revenue. MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card are accepted and will be charged an associated 2.49 percent processing fee.
In order to assist taxpayers with compliance to electronic filing, the Department of Revenue provides computer access in its offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Jackson, Johnson City, Memphis and Nashville. The department also offers an electronic commerce hot line to assist taxpayers and tax practitioners at (866) 368-6374. Nashville-area and out-of-state callers should dial (615) 253-0704. All taxpayer data, whether paper or electronic, filed with the Department of Revenue is confidential data protected under Tennessee law.
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 91 percent of total state tax revenue. During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the department collected $10.1 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 the 2009-2010 fiscal year, local government collections by the Department of Revenue exceeded $1.9 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.