Bills Would Repeal Professional Privilege Tax

February 3, 2017

A number of bills that would repeal the professional privilege tax have been filed in the Tennessee General Assembly in the early weeks of the 2017 session.

TMA supports the repeal of the professional privilege tax, and is part of a coalition of groups actively advocating for legislation to do so.

Bills filed this session adopt different approaches to eliminating the tax.

For example, SB0015/HB0025, sponsored by TMA Member Sen. Mark Green, MD (R-Clarksville) and Rep. Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville), would phase out the tax over a four-year period, reducing the amount by $100 each year. Another bill, SB0205, sponsored by Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma), would eliminate the entire tax beginning in tax year ending on May 31, 2018.

SB00015 has been sent to the Senate Revenue Subcommittee and HB0025 has been assigned to the House Finance Ways and Means Subcommittee. SB0205 has been sent to the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee.

There are several other pieces of legislation that would also eliminate the tax, most by phasing it out.