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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…

Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act

Since its passage in 2010, the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has changed the health care landscape for insurers, individuals, and, especially, employers. President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) into law Tuesday, March 23,…

Alabama economy grows; adds jobs; tax reform not likely

Alabama economy grows; adds jobs; tax reform not likely

Once again, the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama expects modest growth in Alabama’s economy. The projected economic expansion in 2015 is 2.3 percent, about the same level of growth our state has seen for…

ADA Access Lawsuits on the Rise

ADA Access Lawsuits on the Rise

By Whitney  R. Brown, Esq. According to al.com, 2014 saw a 288 percent increase in one type of lawsuit: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access lawsuits. Retailers and restaurateurs have been hit particularly hard by these lawsuits, in which disabled individuals claim to have been denied similar access and enjoyment in places…

Alabama to Top $9 Billion in Holiday Buying in 2014

Alabama to Top $9 Billion in Holiday Buying in 2014

Alabama consumers will make $9.15 billion in taxed purchases during the 2014 holiday shopping season, the Alabama Retail Association projects. Our state experienced an almost 2.7 percent increase in retail sales through October of this year and has averaged 2.6 percent growth…

Revenue Adds Sales Tax Rate Lookup to its Website

Revenue Adds Sales Tax Rate Lookup to its Website

The Alabama Department of Revenue now has an online sales tax rate database on its website. Retailers can put a delivery address in the online lookup and get the sales tax rate for the various jurisdictions that apply to that address. Since the first day of 2014, a seller using…