2019 Tennessee Code
Title 16 - Courts
Chapter 18 - Municipal Courts—judges
Part 3 - Municipal Court Reform Act
§ 16-18-305. Levy of state privilege tax on litigation -- Collection -- Liability for failure to collect or disburse tax -- Tax when exercising concurrent general sessions court jurisdiction.
(a) Notwithstanding § 67-4-602, or any other law to the contrary, there is levied a state privilege tax on litigation of thirteen dollars and seventy-five cents ($13.75) in all cases in a municipal court. All taxes levied pursuant to this subsection (a) shall be collected in accordance with § 67-4-603 and shall be paid into the state treasury and allocated in accordance with § 67-4-606.
(b) There is also levied a state privilege tax on litigation of one dollar ($1.00) for each and every violation of any municipal law or ordinance governing use of a public parking space. The tax is due and shall be collected even if the offender does not appear before the court. Notwithstanding this section or any other law to the contrary, the only litigation privilege tax collected for a violation of any municipal law or ordinance governing the use of a public parking space shall be the one dollar ($1.00) litigation tax levied by this subsection (b). The revenue generated by the privilege tax levied by this subsection (b) shall be apportioned in accordance with § 67-4-606.
(c) Notwithstanding § 67-4-602, or any other law to the contrary, no other state privilege tax on litigation shall be levied or collected with respect to litigation in a municipal court; provided, however, that this section shall not be construed to repeal existing authority for the levy of a municipal litigation tax, nor shall this section be construed to grant new authority for the levy of a municipal litigation tax.
(d) Any state privilege tax imposed pursuant to this section that the clerk of the court fails to collect and pay over to the department of revenue shall be a debt of the clerk. Any clerk of the court failing or refusing to collect and pay over to the department state litigation taxes imposed pursuant to this section shall be liable for the taxes and the clerk's official bondsman shall also be liable for the taxes, and the commissioner or the commissioner's delegate may collect the amount of the tax from the clerk or the clerk's official bondsman pursuant to title 67, chapter 1, part 14.
(e) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, to the extent that a municipal court is exercising its duly conferred concurrent general sessions jurisdiction in a given case, this section does not apply and litigation taxes in the case shall be levied and collected in the same manner as taxes are levied and collected in the general sessions court.
(f) For receiving and paying over all privilege taxes on litigation, the clerk of a municipal court is entitled to a commission of two percent (2%).