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Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)

Sample Ordinance for Levying Local Sales Tax

Reference Number: MTAS-537
Reviewed Date: 12/15/2022


Be it ordained by the ______________________(insert proper clause):

Section 1: As authorized by Tennessee Code Annotated, Sections 67-6-701, et seq., as amended, there is levied a tax in the same manner and on the same privileges subject to the Retailer’s Sales Tax Act under Chapter 6, Parts 1–6, Title 67, T.C.A. as the same may be amended, which are exercised in _________________________(city). The tax is levied on all such privileges at a rate of ____________, not to exceed the maximum percentage as provided for in the “1963 Local Option Revenue Act,” Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 67-6-702, as amended, except as limited or modified by statute. Penalties and interest for delinquencies shall be the same as provided in T.C.A. § 67-6-516.

Section 2. If a majority of those voting in the election required by T.C.A. § 67-6-706 vote for the ordinance, collection of the tax levied by this ordinance shall begin on the first day of the month occurring 30 or more days after the county election commission makes its official canvass of the election returns.

Section 3. The state Department of Revenue shall collect the tax concurrently with the collection of the state tax in the same manner as the state tax is collected in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the department. The _______________________(specify officer) is authorized to contract with the Department of Revenue for the collection of the tax by the department, and to provide in the contract that the department may deduct from the tax collected a reasonable percentage as provided by statute to cover the expense of the administration and collection of the tax as provided for in Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 67-6-710.

Section 4. In the event the tax is collected by the Department of Revenue, suits for the recovery of any tax illegally assessed or collected shall be brought against the state commissioner of revenue and the ______________________(specify city officer).

Section 5. A certified copy of this ordinance shall be transmitted to the Department of Revenue by the city recorder forthwith and shall be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation in _____________________(city) prior to the election called for in Section 2.


Adopted this___________________day of __________________, 20__ .