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Tennessee taxes tours

 Most tours are subject to Tennessee sales tax.

Taking a tour is a great way to learn about a place, an event, history, literature, and more. Getting information from a book or a headset can be just fine, but sometimes, knowledgeable and personable tour guides can make a place truly memorable.

Of course, tours tend to cost. And in Tennessee, they’re subject to sales tax: “Tours conducted for amusement within the state for a fee, whether the tour is on foot or in a vehicle, are subject to the Tennessee sales tax as an amusement.” Examples of taxable tours include cave tours, celebrity citing tours, facility tours, ghost tours, and sight-seeing tours.

However, in specific situations, tours may be exempt from Tennessee sales tax. For example, tours conducted solely by a government agency, nonprofit, or Tennessee historic property preservation entity are generally exempt. Additional information is available from the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.