Tennessee Department of Revenue www.Tennessee.gov/revenue Cable Television, Wireless Cable Television, and Direct-to-home Satellite Services TV & Telecom tax notice Public Chapter No. 423 amends the statutes related to the taxation of cable television, wireless cable television and direct-to-home satellite services. This notice and the public chapter have no application to any other taxable services, such as Internet access.
Qualified Cable Television and Wireless Cable Television Service Providers For billing cycles beginning on or after September 1, 1999, fees in the amount of $15 or less per month, for subscription to, access to, or use of television programming, provided by a qualified cable television provider or a wireless cable television service provider at a subscriber 9s location, are exempt from sales and use tax. Monthly charges made to a subscriber that are from $15.01 up to and including $27.50 are subject to the state tax rate of 8.25%, and are exempt from local tax. Monthly charges made to a subscriber that are in excess of $27.50 are subject to the state sales and use tax rate of 6% plus the applicable local tax.
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a qualified cable or wireless cable television service provider. If the charges to the subscriber are made on a basis other than monthly, the $15 exemption shall apply on a per month basis. There is no longer an exemption for cbasic d television service.<br><br> Persons who contract with qualified cable or wireless cable television providers to receive cable services for multiple viewing units ( cbulk subscribers d) shall pay sales taxes applicable on television programming costing the bulk subscriber in excess of $15, even if the bulk subscriber establishes separate accounts for each unit in a multiple-unit dwelling. This applies to apartment complexes, residential communities, hotels, motels, for-profit hospitals, and the like. Each occupant of a multiple-unit dwelling who separately contracts with qualified cable or wireless cable television providers is entitled to an exemption for the first $15 charged.<br><br> The $15 exemption does not apply to television programming services sold by entities other than qualified cable or wireless providers, such as hotels, motels and for-profit hospitals. Rather, the full amount billed is subject to tax at the state rate of 6% plus the applicable local rate. See August 1999 notice regarding hotels, motels, and for-profit hospitals, which is available on the department 9s Web site.<br><br> Taxpayers should no longer rely on T ENN . C OMP . R.<br><br> & R EGS . 1320-5-1-.27 because the provisions of this rule have been superseded by Public Chapter 423. IMPORTANT NOTICE Direct-to-home Satellite Television Service Providers Effective September 1, 1999, fees for subscription to, access to, or use of television services provided by a direct- to-home satellite service provider are subject to the state sales and use tax rate of 8.25%.<br><br> Federal law prohibits local sales tax on these services. There is no $15 exemption; the entire amount of the charge is subject to the tax. Have questions or comments?<br><br> Please let us know. Contact us. Publication Date: August 1999 IMPORTANT NOTICE<br><br>