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Professional Privilege Tax

To: UT and UTFI System-wide Faculty and Staff
From: Ron Loewen, UT System Budget Director
Re: Job-Related Professional Privilege Tax Payment 2018

Some University of Tennessee (UT) and UT Foundation (UTFI) faculty and staff hold professional licenses subject to Tennessee’s professional privilege tax, a $400 tax imposed by the state each year on professionals holding active Tennessee licenses or registrations in certain professions. If you are subject to this tax, UT/UTFI may be able to pay it on your behalf. To be eligible, you must:

  1. Be a full-time regular employee of UT or UTFI as of April 1, 2018 (this does not include medical residents).
  2. Hold a professional license directly related to your UT/UTFI job duties.
  3. Submit an online request no later than Friday, May 11, 2018.

There are no exceptions to these requirements.

You can submit a request to have the tax paid on your behalf at the following website: 

Deans, directors, business managers, and department heads: this notice has been sent to faculty and staff at their campus email address. Please assist us in notifying any faculty and staff in your area who use an outside email address instead of their campus email address. You should take action to assist any faculty or staff member unable to respond by the deadline, e.g., employees without email; employees on any type of leave, including vacations; employees who are working away from the University; or any other similar situation.

Contact the Professional Privilege Tax coordinator if you need assistance with the registration process:
April Suttles
Office of Finance and Operations 

Additional Information:

The following professions are subject to the professional privilege tax: lobbyist, agent, broker-dealer, and investment advisor under Title 48, Chapter 2; accountant; architect; broker under Title 62; engineer; landscape architect; audiologist; chiropractor; dentist; optometrist; osteopathic physician; pharmacist; physician; podiatrist; psychologist; speech pathologist; veterinarian; attorney; and sport agent under Title 49, Chapter 7. Certain active military members having served more than 180 days during the past year may be exempt. If you are unsure about whether you are subject to Tennessee’s professional privilege tax, you can find more information from the Taxpayer Services Division of the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

If you have questions about receiving or renewing a professional license, contact the Division of Regulatory Boards of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. 

May 26, 2022