Tennessee – Tennessee Expansion of Sales-Tax Compliance Program Getting Bad ‘Rap’ from Business Coalition

www.timesfreepress.com by Andy Sher – January 18, 2016

“The Retail Accountability Program, approved by state lawmakers in 2012, requires beer and tobacco wholesalers to report sales, which are then compared to retailers’ tax returns.

That’s helped uncover both deliberate tax cheats and honest mistakes, say officials who call the RAP a great success.

But plans by the Department of Revenue to extend the RAP compliance effort to a broad array of other items is generating a, well, flap. And a powerful coalition of statewide business associations is pushing a scrap-the-RAP-expansion bill that also imposes a formal rule-making process on the original program.”

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