Update on the Tennessee Hall Tax

Update on the Tennessee Hall Tax


Back in May 2016, Gov. Bill Haslam signed legislation to phase-out the Tennessee Hall Income Tax. The legislation reduced the Hall Tax rate from 6% to 5% for 2016, and it slated the tax rate to be dropped by 1 percentage point annually thereafter until it is eliminated by 2022. We are now halfway to the tax being eliminated completely.

Here is the schedule of the Hall Tax phase-out:

  • 5% for tax years beginning January 1, 2016, and prior to January 1, 2017
  • 4% for tax years beginning January 1, 2017, and prior to January 1, 2018
  • 3% for tax years beginning January 1, 2018, and prior to January 1, 2019
  • 2% for tax years beginning January 1, 2019, and prior to January 1, 2020
  • 1% for tax years beginning January 1, 2020, and prior to January 1, 2021
  • Full repeal for tax years beginning January 1, 2021

The Hall Tax is a Tennessee state tax on interest and dividend income from investments. It is the only state tax that is levied on personal income. Unless the taxpayer qualifies for an exception, it is applied to all taxable interest and dividend income in excess of $1,250/person ($2,500 for married filing jointly). The revenues from the tax are shared with the government of the municipality or county where the taxpayer lives.

The reduction – and eventual repeal – of the Hall Tax has been a welcome development for many investors in the Volunteer State. It gives many investors one more reason to celebrate each New Year from now until 2021. And 2021 surely will be here before we know it.

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