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Alabama Sales Tax Rate Changes, October 2014


 Alabama: local sales and use tax rates are on the rise.

Updated, 9.29.14: Several new October 2014 sales tax changes have been announced by the Alabama Department of Revenue.

  • The Town of Sardis City will increase its sales tax rate by 1%, effective October 1, 2014. The new general rate will be 4%, and the new rate for admissions to places of amusement/entertainment and for food sold through vending machines will be 3%. Use tax and other sales tax rates remain unchanged. Tax rates outside the corporate limits of Sardis City but within the police jurisdiction are half the in-city rates.
  • The Alabama Department of Revenue will commence administering and collecting the lodgings tax for the City of Oxford, effective October 1, 2014. Tax returns for the period ending October 31, 2014, should be filed with the department.
  • The Alabama Department of Revenue will commence administering and collecting sales and use taxes and any other taxes for the Town of Butler, effective October 2, 104. Tax returns for the period ending October 31, 2014, should be filed with the department.
  • The Alabama Department of Revenue will no longer administer the collection of sales and use tax, or any other taxes, for the City of Anniston. Effective October 1, 2014, the City of Anniston will administer its own taxes. See the corrected address for remitting Anniston's taxes.

In addition, effective July 1, 2014, the Town of Courtland began administering and collecting its own sales and use tax and other taxes. The last tax return to be filed with the Alabama Department of Revenue was for the period ending August 31, 2014.

Several sales and use tax rate changes take effect in Alabama on October 1, 2014. The rates listed below are local rates and do not include the Alabama state rate of 4%.

The Town of Detroit will increase from 1% to 2% the general rate of sales and use tax, the rate for admissions to places of amusement, the rate for food sold from vending machines, and the rate for machines and parts and attachments for machines used in manufacturing tangible personal property. The rate for the net difference paid for machines, machinery and equipment used in planting, cultivating and harvesting farm products will increase from 0.5% to 1%. Other rates remain the same. Rates outside the corporate limits of town but inside the police jurisdiction are one-half the in-town rates.

The City of Enterprise will increase from 2% to 2.5% use tax for machines and parts and attachments for machines used in manufacturing tangible personal property. Enterprise increased the local general rate of sales tax on September 1.

Pickens County will increase from 3% to 4% the general rate of sales and use tax and the rate for admissions and food sold through vending machines. Other rates remain the same.

Sardis City will also have a rate change as of October 1; however the details have not yet been released. The Alabama Department of Revenue posts sales and use tax rate change information when it is available.

September 1, 2014 rate change

Effective September 1, the City of Childersburg increased the general rate of sales and use tax and the rate for admissions and human food sold through vending machines. The old rate was 3%; the new rate is 4%. The tax rate for sales made or delivered outside the corporate limits of the city but within the police jurisdiction is one half of the city rates.

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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.