Tennessee Introduces Bills to Exempt Antique Vehicles From Privilege Tax


Tennessee Introduces Bills to Exempt Antique Vehicles From Privilege Tax

Identical legislation (H.B. 1487/S.B. 1688) has been introduced in the Tennessee House and Senate to allow counties to exempt owners of antique motor vehicles from the privilege tax.  The county may also only require a one-time only payment of the tax.  According to the state, the average amount of the one-time tax imposed would be $43.10.

We Urge You to Contact House Subcommittee Members and Senate Committee Members (List Attached) Immediately to Request Their Support for H.B. 1487/S.B. 1688

  • In Tennessee, an "antique motor vehicle" is a motor vehicle over twenty-five years old with a nonmodified engine and body that is used for participation in, or transportation to and from, club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, and similar uses as a collector's item; on the highways for the purpose of selling, testing the operation of, or obtaining repairs to or maintenance; and for general transportation only on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Sixty out of ninety-five counties in Tennessee impose a motor vehicle privilege tax. The average tax rate among the 60 counties that impose the tax is estimated to be $43.10.
  • H.B. 1487/S.B. 1688 recognize the fact that existing antique motor vehicles constitute a small portion of the vehicle fleet and are well-maintained, infrequently operated hobby cars and deserving of tax benefits.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Tennessee House Subcommittee and Senate Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their support for H.B. 1487 and S.B. 1688.    

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance. 

Tennessee House Transportation Subcommittee

To e-mail all Subcommittee members in support of H.B. 1487, copy and paste the email address block below:

rep.terri.lynn.weaver@capitol.tn.gov; rep.barbara.cooper@capitol.tn.gov; rep.vince.dean@capitol.tn.gov; rep.bill.dunn@capitol.tn.gov; rep.tilman.goins@capitol.tn.gov; rep.bo.mitchell@capitol.tn.gov; rep.courtney.rogers@capitol.tn.gov; rep.mike.sparks@capitol.tn.gov; rep.john.windle@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (Chair)
Phone: (615) 741-2192
Representative Barbara Cooper
Phone: (615) 741-4295
Representative Vince Dean
Phone: (615) 741-1934
Representative Bill Dunn
Phone: (615) 741-1721
Representative Tilman Goins
Phone: (615) 741-6877
Representative Bo Mitchell
Phone: (615) 741-4317
Representative Courtney Rogers
Phone: (615) 741-3893
Representative Mike Sparks
Phone: (615) 741-6829
Representative John Mark Windle
Phone: (615) 741-1260
Tennessee Senate Transportation and Safety Committee
To e-mail all Senate Committee members in support of S.B. 1688, copy and paste the email address block below:
Senator Jim Tracy (Chair)
Phone: (615) 741-1066
Senator Mae Beavers (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (615) 741-2421
Senator Frank Niceley (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (615) 741-2061
Senator Janice Bowling
Phone: (615) 741-6694
Senator Stacey Campfield
Phone: (615) 741-1766
Senator Ophelia Ford
Phone: (615) 741-1767
Senator Thelma Harper
Phone: (615) 741-2453
Senator Becky Massey
Phone: (615) 741-1648
Senator Steve Southerland
Phone: (615) 741-3851