Reference Number: 
CTAS-1578

The trustees must provide to each taxpayer a receipt printed or written in ink or indelible pencil, for all the taxes paid by the taxpayer. If a portion of the tax notice is to be retained by the taxpayer, in lieu of the trustee mailing a separate receipt of the payment to the taxpayer, the tax notice shall (1) clearly state such fact; and (2) inform the taxpayer that if the taxpayer desires the trustee to mail a separate receipt of the payment to the taxpayer, the taxpayer must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope when the taxes are paid.  If the trustee provides a separate receipt of all taxes paid by the taxpayer, such receipt shall be numbered and dated.1The receipt is required to show separately the amounts of state and county tax levies; however, if receipts are mechanically produced, these amounts may be omitted (unless the taxpayer specifically requests that the information be placed on the receipt). The county legislative body is required to furnish a sufficient number of tax receipts, in duplicate book form, numbered consecutively from one, and shall have the year for which taxes are due printed on the receipt in large figures, not less than one inch deep. The trustee must account for each blank receipt in the final settlement account. When required, the trustee is to provide the county legislative body with duplicate receipts which are to be filed with the county clerk for reference.2

The trustee is prohibited from charging for any statement, certificate, or receipt of taxes, except for the fees and costs authorized for the collection of delinquent taxes.3Also, it is a misdemeanor for the trustee to collect higher tax amounts than is directed by law.4


     1T.C.A. §§ 67-1-704(b) and 67-1-705.

     2T.C.A. § 67-1-704(c) and (d).

     3T.C.A. § 67-1-705.

     4T.C.A. § 67-1-706.