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National Retail Group Honors Two of Alabama’s Small Retailers

National Retail Group Honors Two of Alabama’s Small Retailers

Alabama Retail Association Chairman George Wilder, owner/president of The Locker Room in Montgomery and Auburn, and member Terry Shea, co-owner and vice president of Wrapsody in Hoover and Auburn, were recognized at the National Retail Federation’s Retail Advocates Summit this week…

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2015 August Sales Tax Holiday Facts

Alabama’s sales tax holiday is for everybody, not just those going back to school. It is everywhere. The state’s four percent sales tax is waived throughout the state. And most retailers carry one or more of the items covered. From 12:01…

FDA delays menu-labeling rule until Dec. 1, 2016

FDA delays menu-labeling rule until Dec. 1, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced July 9 that it was delaying the effective date for the federal menu-labeling regulation for chain restaurants and covered grocery stores for one year. The FDA originally set Dec. 1, 2015, as…

Your 2015 regular session wrap-up

Your 2015 regular session wrap-up

A summary of legislative activity for the Alabama Legislature’s 2015 regular session, the Capitol Retail Report e-newsletter, is now available to read online. 2015 Regular Session Wrap-Up Alabama Retail members, during legislative sessions, please check your e-mail inbox every Friday for weekly updates on legislative…

Learn about Alabama’s August sales tax holiday

Learn about Alabama’s August sales tax holiday

2015 marks the 10th year of Alabama’s annual sales tax holiday for school-related items. Consumers can buy certain: school and office supplies computers books and clothing without having the tax added during the three-day tax holiday, which falls on the first…

Alabama Earthquakes

When you think earthquake, Alabama probably isn’t the first state that pops in your head. Our state, however, has four zones of frequent earthquake activity: the New Madrid Seismic Zone, the Southern Appalachian Seismic Zone, the South Carolina Seismic Zone and the…

You Spoke, They Listened. Committee Carries Over HB553

You Spoke, They Listened. Committee Carries Over HB553

Thanks to all your calls, e-mails, texts, Facebook posts and shares, the House Ways and Means Education Committee this morning carried over HB553, an almost $50 million tax increase on retailers. Together, you stopped a bill that would have eliminated the rebate…

Want to Send $4,800 More to the State in Taxes? Just Say NO!

Want to Send $4,800 More to the State in Taxes? Just Say NO!

The Alabama Legislature is threatening to remove the rebate Alabama retailers receive for collecting and remitting Alabama sales taxes in a timely manner. For many Alabama retailers, this change would mean sending $4,800 more each year to the state in taxes….

State under second winter weather state of emergency

State under second winter weather state of emergency

For the second time in a week, the entire state of Alabama is being placed under a state of emergency.  Ice accumulations from .25 to .30 of an inch are expected as well as sleet accumulations of up to a half-inch between…