The Tennessee Court of Appeals held that a commercial printing company’s sales of bank checks and other printed products were subject to Tennessee sales tax even though the products ultimately were sent to out-of-state destinations. Under the company’s standard sales contracts, title to the products it sold transferred in Tennessee when the company tendered its

The Tennessee Court of Appeals held that a business that sold and installed automotive glass and also made repairs to automotive glass was properly classified as a seller of tangible personal property (glass), and not as a seller of services, for purposes of the Tennessee business tax. The Tennessee Department of Revenue audited the taxpayer’s

The Tennessee Department of Revenue issued a letter ruling finding that a taxpayer’s mobile and web data analytics services were not subject to sales and use tax. The taxpayer’s customers installed the taxpayer’s software code, which collected user data about the customers’ websites or mobile applications. The taxpayer then analyzed the data and granted the

By Liz Cha and Eric Coffill

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee held that Tennessee’s sales tax on railroad carriers for the purchase or use of diesel fuel was not discriminatory under the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 (4-R Act) even though it did not similarly apply

By Eric Tresh and Liz Cha

On April 10, 2017, a Tennessee Chancery Court ordered that the Tennessee Department of Revenue is temporarily prohibited from enforcing a regulation that requires out-of-state retailers making annual sales in excess of $500,000 to collect and remit sales tax. The Order arises out of a dispute between the Plaintiffs

By Jessica Allen and Jeff Friedman

The Tennessee Department of Revenue (Department) released a letter ruling stating that a taxpayer’s charges for use of its web-based interface are subject to sales and use tax as the sale of ancillary services. The taxpayer’s proprietary software allows users to communicate through text and other messages on a

By Christopher Lutz and Jeff Friedman

On December 15, 2016, the Tennessee Joint Government Operations Committee held a hearing regarding the governor’s proposal to establish an economic nexus standard for the state sales tax. Under the proposal, remote sellers would be subject to collection obligations in the state if their Tennessee sales exceed $500,000. The

 By Liz Cha and Todd Lard

Applying the “true object” test to the taxpayer’s web-based services, the Tennessee Department of Revenue ruled that charges for granting access to the taxpayer’s website for purposes of obtaining information would not be subject to sales tax. While the access to web-based services is tax-exempt as a sale of