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Alabama Sales Tax Rate Changes, June and July 2014


 Spanish Fort, Alabama, had a lodgings tax change in 2011.

Updated, 6.26.14

The Alabama Department of Revenue has posted numerous sales and use tax rate change notices for the state of Alabama. Many changes take effect July 1, 2014; however, some took effect more than a decade ago.

June 2014 rate changes

The following localities had a tax rate change, effective June 1, 2014:

  • The Town of Eva: the sales and use tax rate has increased from 1% to 2% for general sales, sales of admissions, and sales of food through vending machines.
  • The Town of Falkville: the general rental tax rate and the rate for linen have increased from 3% to 4%. The rental tax rate for autos remains 0.750%. Rates outside the corporate limits of town but within the police jurisdiction are half of rate inside the corporate limits of town.
  • The City of Graysville: the sales and use tax rate has increased from 3% to 4% for general sales, sales of admissions, and sales of food through vending machines. The rental tax rate for autos dropped from 3% to 1.5%.

July rate changes

The following localities will have sales and use tax rate changes, effective July 1, 2014.

  • The Town of Castleberry: the rate will increase from 2% to 3% for general sales, sales of admissions, sales of food through vending machines, and sales of machinery and equipment. All rental tax rates are also increasing from 2% to 3%. Rates outside the corporate limits of town but within the police jurisdiction are half of rate inside the corporate limits of town.
  • The Town of Falkville: the rate for machines and parts and attachments for machines used in manufacturing tangible personal property will drop from 4% to 0.750%. The rate for the net difference paid for all automotive vehicles, truck trailers, semi-trailers and house trailers will increase from 0.500% to 0.750%. All other sales and use tax rates remain the same. Rates outside the corporate limits of town but within the police jurisdiction are half of rate inside the corporate limits of town.
  • The Town of Parrish: the rate will increase from 3% to 4% for general sales, sales of admissions, and sales of food through vending machines. Rates outside the corporate limits of town but within the police jurisdiction are half of rate inside the corporate limits of town.
  • The City of Pleasant Grove: the rate will increase from 3% to 5% for general sales, sales of admissions, and sales of food through vending machines. The rate for machines, parts and attachments for machines used in manufacturing will increase from 2% to 3%.
  • The Town of Loxley: the lodgings tax rate will increase from 3% to 5. The rate outside the corporate limits of town but within the police jurisdiction is half of rate inside the corporate limits of town.

Administrative changes

  • A separate Chambers County Police Jurisdiction has been created to reflect rate differences throughout Chambers County. The rate for the Chambers County Police Jurisdiction is 3.5% for general sales, sales of admissions, and sales of food through vending machines. The rate for machinery and equipment is 2.5%. This change takes effect July 1, 2014.
  • A separate Lee County Police Jurisdiction has been created to reflect rate differences throughout Lee County. The rate for the Lee County Police Jurisdiction is 2.5% for general sales, sales of admissions, and sales of food through vending machines. The rate for machinery and equipment is 0.625%. This change took effect November 1, 2013.

Past changes

The Alabama Department of Revenue has also posted notices for changes that took effect some time ago:

  • The Town of Lipscomb posted a general rental tax rate of 4%, an auto rental tax rate of 2.5%, and a linen rental tax rate of 4%, effective November 1, 2002.
  • The Town of Spanish Fort posted an 8% general lodgings tax rate in the Spanish Fort Town Center District, effective November 1, 2011.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.