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Alabama Retail Agenda Legislative Session 2012

  • Jan 31, 2012 | Susan McLain

They say that without a goal, you don’t know where you want to be—and usually get there. With the new year, many people begin to set their new year’s resolutions and goals for the year and Alabama Retail organizations are no exception.

According to the Business Council of Alabama (BCA), a 5-000 member organization, their 2012 legislative agenda supports efforts to “…simplify sales tax laws so that in-state and out-of-state retailers are on a level playing field and provide a single point of filing for state and all local sales and use tax returns.”

In addition to supporting simplification, the BCA would like to see enactment of HB365 from the 2011 session. This bill is commonly called the “pop up bill” as the nature of the bill is to require “…Internet retailers…to inform Alabama purchasers of duty to pay required state and local sales tax.” The bill also provides for the Revenue Department to make it easier to pay use tax using personal income tax forms.

“At its Jan. 19th meeting, the Alabama Retail Association board of directors approved” their legislative agenda for 2012 to include supporting:

  • “Efforts to streamline and simplify the administration and remittance of sales and use taxes, especially those that call for a single administrator.
  • Requiring remote retailers who do not collect Alabama’s use tax to notify Alabama consumers that a use tax is due and must be paid by the purchaser to the state of Alabama and its localities.
  • Legislation to levelize (sic) sales/use tax collection and remittal (sic) between brick-and-mortar retailers and those that are catalog and/or internet-based.”

The Alabama legislature returns to session on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. The Alabama legislature “…meets each year for 30 days within 105 calendar days.”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”