Alabama Revenue Department

Alabama retailers hoping for holiday boost

Nov 23, 2020

Retail sales could increase in Alabama during the holiday season.

The Alabama Retail Association expects holiday sales to hold steady or even improve from last year's numbers. Tax reports from the Alabama Revenue Department showed Alabama shoppers spent almost 8 percent more in September 2020 than in 2019.

Holiday shopping could help businesses that have been hurt by disruptions caused by the coronavirus. 

State prosecutors are opposing former House Speaker Mike Hubbard's request to have the sheriff investigate if there was misconduct by the jury that convicted him on ethics charges.

The attorney general's office in a response filed yesterday saying Hubbard is seeking an "unfettered fishing expedition into the deliberations of the jury."

A Lee County jury convicted Hubbard of 12 felony ethics violations. A judge sentenced to Hubbard to four years in a state prison and another eight on probation.

A Pelham man was convicted Friday on charges dating back to last November for openly carrying a loaded gun to a polling site during the 2014 general election.

59 year old Robert Kennedy, Jr. was convicted on misdemeanor charges of voting obstruction and unlawful possession of a firearm. Kennedy is a founding member of BamaCarry, an advocacy group defending gun rights in the state.

New Voluntary Sales Tax for Online Businesses

Sep 5, 2015

The Alabama Revenue Department has devised a way for online sellers to charge and pay state sales taxes, if they want.

The agency is starting a voluntary program that allows Internet-based sellers to collect and report an 8 percent tax on all sales made to buyers in Alabama.

As an incentive, the state is letting the online businesses keep 2 percent of the tax revenue they collect properly.

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Alabama's Revenue Department slowed about 100,000 personal income tax refunds this year because of a new computer program designed to catch identity theft and tax fraud.

Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee says identity theft has become such a problem that her department used the program to watch for fraud clues. That means some taxpayers have waited longer than normal for their tax refunds and will be paid 3 percent interest as required by state law.

Magee tells al.com that she would rather pay interest to taxpayers than make payments to identity thieves.