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You Made the Retail Vote Count

You Made the Retail Vote Count

Thank you for going to the polls Tuesday, June 3, and casting your ballots for candidates who are right for retailers. You truly made the retail vote count with 93 percent of our endorsed candidates, either elected outright, as party…

Tornadoes Spawn State of Emergency in Alabama

Tornadoes Spawn State of Emergency in Alabama

All 67 counties in Alabama have been under a state of emergency since 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, due to deadly tornadoes and flooding that followed the next day. The National Weather Service confirmed at least 18 tornadoes occurred in Alabama. Five…

Taxpayer Fairness Act of 2014

Taxpayer Fairness Act of 2014

Alabama has become the 32nd state with an independent tax appeals process, Gov. Robert Bentley said in a ceremonial bill signing Wednesday, March 19, of HB105 by Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, and Sen. Bryan Taylor, R-Prattville. The bill actually became…

Nominate a Retailer of the Year

Nominate a Retailer of the Year

Nominations will be accepted through Monday, May 19, for the 2014 Retailer of the Year awards, which are presented by the Alabama Retail Association in conjunction with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business. The Retailer of the Year Awards,…

Severe Weather Sales Tax Holiday

Severe Weather Sales Tax Holiday

Alabama shoppers will be able to purchase severe weather preparedness supplies tax free from Friday, Feb. 21, to Sunday, Feb. 23. During the three-day tax holiday, consumers can save money while stocking up on needed supplies. The recent winter storms highlighted…

Alabama State of Emergency Lifted

Alabama State of Emergency Lifted

Gov. Robert Bentley lifted the state of emergency related to this week’s winter storm at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Alabama began its third state of emergency in a month at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11. Status report issued Thursday morning, Feb. 13…

How to Stop the Spread of Flu

How to Stop the Spread of Flu

The Alabama Department of Public Health reports high incidence of influenza in our state. Influenza type A, H1N1 (also known as 2009 H1N1, the pandemic strain, or pH1N1) has been the predominant strain circulating virus so far this season. One characteristic…

Local Sales Tax Nexus Rule Change Starts Jan. 1, 2014

Local Sales Tax Nexus Rule Change Starts Jan. 1, 2014

A regulation regarding local nexus that parallels the state nexus rule applies to transactions in Alabama beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The new regulation creates seller responsibility to collect and remit local sales or use tax by imposing the same standards…

Train on New Labels, Safety Data Sheets by Dec. 1

Train on New Labels, Safety Data Sheets by Dec. 1

By Dec. 1, 2013, employers must train workers on new label elements and a standardized format for new Safety Data Sheets, formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets, related to chemical hazards in the workplace. The training is required under…