Tennessee counties seek share of online tax collections
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County commissioners throughout the state of Tennessee are waking up to the fact that they aren’t seeing their share of online tax collections from newly collected sales taxes from online giants like Amazon. In fact, Tennessee doesn’t even have legislation in place to distribute the local option portions of the sales tax collected from out of state retailer’s sales.
Carmin Lynch, 9th District commissioner, drew up a resolution which reads “Local option sales tax is the second largest source of revenue for most local governments. The Cumberland County legislative body hereby requests that our state legislators initiate appropriate legislation to ensure that local option sales tax collected and remitted to the state of Tennessee is distributed to local governments based upon the residence and ship to address of the purchaser, who paid the tax; and further request the Tennessee County Services Association and County Mayor’s Association work with the state legislature and Department of Revenue to more equitably distribute local option sales tax collected by online retailers.”
The resolution will be sent to other county legislative bodies seeking support before it is presented to the General Assembly.
Lucinda Rowlands has been the general manager at Zip2Tax since 2010. She has extensively researched sales and use tax regulations in order to help small businesses navigate complicated tax rules.