State encourages taxpayers to file electronically

Friday, April 2, 2010 at 12:46am
Staff reports

With the deadline to file federal taxes looming, the Tennessee Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers that Hall income tax and franchise and excise taxes also are due April 15.

“With the April 15 deadline right around the corner, I encourage all taxpayers to take advantage of our electronic filing and payment options," said Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr. "Filing electronically saves time and helps avoid costly errors."

Taxpayers can make credit card payments using the Department of Revenue’s secure electronic services accessible at MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card are accepted and will be charged an associated 2.49 percent processing fee.

Online bill pay, professional privilege tax, individual income tax, sales tax and consumer use tax can also be paid by credit card via the department's website. The department is continuing work to expand this convenient payment option to other online services.

In order to assist taxpayers with 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 hotline to assist taxpayers and tax practitioners at (866) 368-6374. Nashville-area and out-of-state callers should dial (615) 253-0704.

The Department of Revenue collects approximately 92 percent of total state tax revenue. During the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the department collected $10.2 billion in state taxes and fees. In addition to collecting state taxes, $1.9 billion of local sales tax was collected by the department for local governments during the 2008-2009 fiscal year.